Terminator Salvation

All I can say is thank goodness it wasn’t a repeat of Terminator 3.*
Terminator Salvation is set in the future – Judgement Day has not been stopped and those who are left are trying to survive either by just hiding out or fighting back in the resistance. John Connor (Christian Bale *yay*) is now an adult and though he is not the leader he is highly respected by those that believe he is their saviour. Also in this film is the teenage Kyle Reece (who is also Chekov from the new Star Trek movie) – John’s father. He is joined by Star a mute child, and a man named Marcus who I will not say much more about though if you are like me you probably ruined his secret for yourself months before the movie came out.
Skynet has gone crazy and now has, among other things, eel-like terminators in the water, planes and huge robots who collect humans. At the point of time in the movie they are working on mass producing the Arnold-era T800s.
The action and effects were great and they really tried to keep the fans happy – look out for an “I’ll be back”, an Arnold (CGI) cameo and the 80s Sarah Connor photo that Kyle Reece clings to in The Terminator. The whole movie just felt like a proper Terminator, the kind we were all hoping for after T2. It was well acted, the storyline was fab and the sets and action kicked arse.
My only complaint was the very end – why did John agree to Marcus’ proposal so quickly? My fingers are crossed that he will return in the mooted next episode seeing as he managed to have his heart restarted in this one – (sorry if I spoiled).
All in all one great movie and I hope that this is the shape of Terminator’s to come.

*The lady Terminator can grow bigger boobs, has to analyze blood by licking it to determine she has killed the correct person – what’s wrong with facial recognition? There are too many jokey bits, John Connor is suddenly sandy blonde. That was only the first 20 minutes of straight to video style that I could bear watching again, I will try to give it another go when I have perhaps forgotten the awesomeness that was Salvation.


Batman Begins

An averagely intelligent man once said that the old Batman films should be scrapped and that the world should start again with this one.  I am in full agreement.  Though my only involvement with the Batman movies is experiencing the distinct whiff of cheese and my husband’s love of Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer version) I feel that that is all I need to know how rubbish they are.  I am a fan of the cool old 60s Batman TV show though. 
Anyway this movie was great, the story was interesting – showing us how Batman started out, deciding on a costume (like in Spiderman) and all that jazz.  It is funny and action packed.  It also has Michael Caine in it who has one of the coolest voices in movies.  Batman is played by Christian Bale who is the best looking Batman there has been (George Clooney my arse).  Katie Holmes did her usual goofy half-grin that she always does and Gary Oldman was almost unrecognisable in moustache and glasses combo.
There was a creepy “scarecrow” too.  The world must forget the terrible past, it’s ok, we can get through this.  We must start again with Batman Begins and all will be well.