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Battle: Los Angeles

by on Apr.03, 2011, under General, Life

We went to see Battle:Los Angeles today. Not exactly the first ones to go, but what the heck, no lines. It had all the things I like to see in a movie, action and aliens, which was the good news. The bad news is that it was filmed for television. They decided to use the hand camera technique. Some people see this and like the ‘realism’, me, I see bad camera work. When you’re sitting in front of a 100 ft screen, jittery closeups are not realistic, they are nauseating. Swinging the camera around like Uncle Bob at Disney World does not convey action, it conveys vertigo. Go watch Battlestar Galactica, the reboot. These shots were occasional and for effect only, not the whole fracking show. I could have really enjoyed this movie, instead I’m talking about this. Enough said.

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Terminator – Salvation

by on Jun.06, 2009, under General, Life

Hadn’t planned on writing anything, but I’ve heard a number of people who haven’t seen it recommending not to see this movie based on what someone told them. Hopefully most people will ignore this third person advice and give this movie a chance. If you’re a fan of the first movie but less of the second and third you’re likely to enjoy this one. In many ways Salvation returns to the gritty feel of the original movie, machines that can’t be stopped and the T-800 is not your friend.

T-S opens by introducing a new character, one that bridges the present with the future and lets you see the post judgment day world from the eyes of someone from the present day. John Connor isn’t leading the resistance just yet. (Everyone who thought the world would immediately follow a 20 year old with no track record please stand up and head for the back row) In the original movie Kyle Reese said that the war was lost, humans were on the brink, then John Connor came. The writers of T-S watched the first trilogy and worked within that framework. This is not a reboot like Star Trek, exactly the opposite. You’re expected to be very familiar with the first three films, there isn’t much character development in between the Skynet plots and non-stop action. If you haven’t seen the first three, see them before seeing this one or you will miss the nuances that help make the film entertaining. (For that matter, watch the Sarah Connor Chronicles. I’m not sure who pulled from who, but it’s there) This might be one of the reasons for the bad reviews. It is a fast paced action movie, but has plenty of plot holes taken on it’s own, which I’m not going to detail to avoid any spoilers.  It will, however, really do well as part of a Terminator marathon after the DVD comes out.

The special effects are top notch, it’s hard to tell the CG most of the time. Some of the new Skynet creations are excellent, some will make you scratch your head. (Why build a giant human shaped machine?) The acting is passable, Christian Bale isn’t bad as Conner and plays it somewhere in the middle of the whiny impulsive kid from the first movies and the leader he is to become.  Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese is okay, but didn’t really grab the role. Sam Worthington carries the first half of the movie along with Moon Bloodgood.

 To summarize, Terminator Salvation continues the series admirably, but not perfectly. It assumes you know the back story well and doesn’t waste time helping anyone catch up. Given that, it’s a must see for Terminator fans, passable summer entertainment for everyone else. I give it a 7 out of 10 and look forward to a fifth movie that picks up where this left one left off. (Personally I’d like to see the next one end with Kyle heading back and a last movie that ends with the fall of Skynet.)

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