Terminator Salvation sent fanboys into meltdown over what they saw as the bastardisation of the franchise and trashing of the ArnieBot storyline. It was a peevish reaction borne of opposition to Charlie’s Angels director Joseph (McG) McGinty leading the film and his fraught relationship with Christian Bale. However, Salvation is, in my opinion, better than all the other films in the series barring Arnold’s peerless original.
There are some annoyingly lightweight characters, particularly the late Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reece, but Sam Worthington and Christian Bale help change tack away from the tiresome ‘teen gets chased by shapeshifting robot’ theme of the two preceding films.
Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Terminator Salvation 11.00pm on FilmFour