On-Camera Movie Review of "Terminator Salvation"

by Eric Melin on May 21, 2009

in Video Reviews

Summer is here and Eric Melin and guest host Trevan McGee from inkkc.com review the new McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”) reboot of “The Terminator” franchise, starring Christian Bale as famed leader of the human resistance John Connor. Eric thinks the movie is like a plate of leftovers from “The Road Warrior,” “Alien,” ‘War of the Worlds,”and “The Matrix,” while Trevan holds firm that as a war movie with some good action scenes, it succeeds.

For a funny, SPOILER-FILLED synopsis/review of “Terminator Salvation,” click here. 

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Andie May 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

I wasn’t very impressed with the movie, what I liked about the third one (that was the one most recently watched) was it had a bit of comedy, it helped the movie flow, this one just didn’t seem to flow. Plus the “main” characters were so underdeveloped; Kate should have been a bigger present, especially since she is john’s wife. Also I didn’t like the casting of Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate, 1 she’s about 5 years too young, and she shows it, 2 I think Kate needed to be tougher looking, they’ve been living in this post apocalyptic world constantly fighting, she would be much tougher looking. Plus wouldn’t by now the top dogs in the military pay more attention to Conner, he’s really the only one that knows about these machines, and has proven that he knows how to stop them. Sam was very good; he was one of the best parts of the film. It’s a good action flick, but the plot just wasn’t will built, and neither were the characters.

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2 Andie May 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

I wasn’t very impressed with the movie, what I liked about the third one (that was the one most recently watched) was it had a bit of comedy, it helped the movie flow, this one just didn’t seem to flow. Plus the “main” characters were so underdeveloped; Kate should have been a bigger present, especially since she is john’s wife. Also I didn’t like the casting of Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate, 1 she’s about 5 years too young, and she shows it, 2 I think Kate needed to be tougher looking, they’ve been living in this post apocalyptic world constantly fighting, she would be much tougher looking. Plus wouldn’t by now the top dogs in the military pay more attention to Conner, he’s really the only one that knows about these machines, and has proven that he knows how to stop them. Sam was very good; he was one of the best parts of the film. It’s a good action flick, but the plot just wasn’t will built, and neither were the characters.

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3 Reed May 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I have to wait an extra week here in Argentina to see this one, and you’re not getting me any more excited for enduring the wait. However, you haven’t sunk my expectations any farther, so that’s something. Nice hat.

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4 Reed May 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I have to wait an extra week here in Argentina to see this one, and you’re not getting me any more excited for enduring the wait. However, you haven’t sunk my expectations any farther, so that’s something. Nice hat.

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5 Alga May 22, 2009 at 4:57 am

Same deal in Argentina… Yet I fear that hopes are higher than they should be for this one.

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6 Alga May 22, 2009 at 4:57 am

Same deal in Argentina… Yet I fear that hopes are higher than they should be for this one.

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7 10-K May 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm

15 minutes, yeah. Mash it up into a heavy metal music video. Slap some Buckcherry behind that shit, that’s about all Salvation is good for. Good Transformers outtakes from ILM.

So right, Reed. High Terminator expectations do this movie in, especially after Trek.

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8 10-K May 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm

15 minutes, yeah. Mash it up into a heavy metal music video. Slap some Buckcherry behind that shit, that’s about all Salvation is good for. Good Transformers outtakes from ILM.

So right, Reed. High Terminator expectations do this movie in, especially after Trek.

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9 kumitechamp88 May 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

i agree with the other guy.. this movie was good, i dont understand why everyone is hating on it, have you seen the other garbage coming out lately?!

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10 kumitechamp88 May 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

i agree with the other guy.. this movie was good, i dont understand why everyone is hating on it, have you seen the other garbage coming out lately?!

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11 cheeseburger May 31, 2009 at 7:40 am

I agree that I was somewhat letdown by this movie. Bale was good though.

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12 cheeseburger May 31, 2009 at 7:40 am

I agree that I was somewhat letdown by this movie. Bale was good though.

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13 Ann June 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Pointless waste of time. I had no idea what was going on the first 20 minutes into the film and though there were some pretty interesting action scenes, the soul of this great franchise is gone.

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14 Ann June 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Pointless waste of time. I had no idea what was going on the first 20 minutes into the film and though there were some pretty interesting action scenes, the soul of this great franchise is gone.

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15 Reed June 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

OK, I finally got to see this. Wow, wow, wow was that a horrendous ending. I was sitting there thinking it was a passable action movie, but then about partway through I started thinking about it. I shouldn’t have been asked to think during a McG movie. My bad. And man, I just can’t get over that ending. I mean, that would have been too hokey for Spielberg. He just McG-ed all over us.

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16 Reed June 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

OK, I finally got to see this. Wow, wow, wow was that a horrendous ending. I was sitting there thinking it was a passable action movie, but then about partway through I started thinking about it. I shouldn’t have been asked to think during a McG movie. My bad. And man, I just can’t get over that ending. I mean, that would have been too hokey for Spielberg. He just McG-ed all over us.

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17 Reed June 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm
18 Reed June 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm
19 mario September 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Great articles & Nice a site

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20 mario September 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Great articles & Nice a site

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21 warez ddl October 19, 2009 at 1:13 am

15 minutes, yeah. Mash it up into a heavy metal music video.

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22 warez ddl October 19, 2009 at 1:13 am

15 minutes, yeah. Mash it up into a heavy metal music video.

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