Does Christian Bale really need another franchise? That has to be the first question that runs through your mind as you sit and watch the new trailer for this summer’s Terminator Salvation, which is online right now (as always, watch it in HD) and should play in front of The Day the Earth Stood Still this weekend. We don’t begrudge anyone an opportunity to make foolish amounts of money if they are able to do so, but Mr. Bale is already Batman. Was it necessary for him to pick up the immortal mantle of John Connor from Edward Furlong and Nick Stahl? Also: when making these action movies, is Mr. Bale contractually required to use that basso profondo growl? Because it’s getting a tad distracting.
Plenty of other questions arise while watching the trailer for Terminator Salvation–notably, how much does Sam Worthington look like Ewan McGregor?–but despite all that, we do think it looks fairly awesome. The problem we have with the whole film is that the Terminator mythology has gotten so confusing we can’t even begin to figure out what’s going on. We’ve got to deal with time travel, the butterfly effect, cyborgs, and, of course Judgment Day. It’s all a tad too much for us: Didn’t John Connor already save everyone at the end of T2? Does the nuclear annihilation that John Connor dealt with in Terminator 3 count? Why is Common in this movie? Our head hurts just from thinking about all this!
From the looks of the trailer, it seems like the same thing can be said for the director, McG. In our rough estimation, he has gloriously stolen from Tranformers, Mad Max, The Matrix, E.T., The Shawshank Redemption, and obviously T2, to create this latest sequel–plotting and mythology be damned. Hey, those movies are pretty cool, so maybe a puree of them will be cool as well! Basically we can get behind anything that incorporates the kick-ass Terminator theme, a killer tagline like "The End Begins" and many images of pure robotic carnage. At least until Mr. Bale’s real franchise gets back to the cinemas, Terminator Salvation should be good enough.
Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 22nd, 2009.