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What its predecessors had, this sequel sorely lacks

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  1. dana devolin from Canada writes: I am fairly certain that Bale is from Wales.
  2. Alan Pickle from NYC, Canada writes: Hollywood sure is working its magic with its brainwashing. Did you know that the magicians all used their wands with wood made out of "holly" wood? It is a type of wood. Stop watching movies and read a book.
  3. Kim Philby from Canada writes: The problem with a lot of action movies now is that they turn the hallowed aesthetic dictum of "less is more" on its head. In a desperate attempt at one-upmanship, directors add more shooting, more crashing, more and bigger explosions - bigger, louder, brighter, faster, until all the frenetic action becomes a jumbled, tiresome mess.
  4. tired of governments everywhere from Canada writes: Typical Hollywood movie... Crap in, crap out. All they care about is making movies about death, gore, extreme violence and the destruction of man-kind. When is enough enough? I'm not looking for touchie-feelie 'Old Yeller' type movies. But something with some substance that can actually make you feel good about man-kind would be nice for a change. And no, I don't mean more Disney or Disney-Pixar movies.

    Enough of the violent, exploding bodies movies. It's no wonder we live in a much more violent world.
  5. The Wet One from Edmonchuk, Canada writes: With respect to the comments from the above poster, I agree. Movies need more sex.

    With respect to the Terminator movie, once a fan, always a fan, no matter how bad hollywood screws it up.

    With respect to more reading. I concur. Books are far better tale spinners than movies. But less money is to be made there so we know how that will go...
  6. George Nikitin from Hamilton, Canada writes: I am not sure what coulour pallate one might paint a post nuclear appocalyptic world? Grey and black sound reasonable. If the author was expecting sunshine and lollipops, I think they went to see the wrong movie.
  7. Umm... Toronto from Canada writes: To Dana,
    I take it this is the part of the article to which you are referring:
    "Bale... is a one-dimensional. Australian actor. Worthington, who plays Marcus,"
    This is an editorial slip, not a geographical one. There should be a comma after "actor", not a period. As in, "Australian actor, Worthington, who plays...". Clearly something was clipped after one-dimensional (hence the unfinished sentence) and the mistake continued into the next sentence.
  8. Mark H from United States writes: "tired of governments everywhere from Canada writes: Typical Hollywood movie... Crap in, crap out. All they care about is making movies about death, gore, extreme violence and the destruction of man-kind. When is enough enough? I'm not looking for touchie-feelie 'Old Yeller' type movies. But something with some substance that can actually make you feel good about man-kind would be nice for a change. And no, I don't mean more Disney or Disney-Pixar movies.

    Enough of the violent, exploding bodies movies. It's no wonder we live in a much more violent world. "

    Uhhh....compared to 100 years ago, we actually live in a much LESS violent world. I'm not a huge fan of unrepentant blood-n-gore, either (I think it's pretty sickening that Saw can have 4 sequels, and that Hostel got made in the first place) but trying to blame some precieved societal depravity on 21st-century movie violence lacks context, to say the least.

    Now that the above is out of my system...I'm seeing Terminator this weekend. It could get universal 1-star reviews, and I'd still see it. Film critics are usually dolts, anyways - it's an easy job to get up in the morning and tell somebody else what went wrong with their creation when you don't have enough talent to create anything yourself.
  9. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: Liam Lacey just hates action movies. There's not point in sending him to review these types of films as he has no interest in how they evolve a canon and no willingness to engage with them in the manner that fans do.

    Thus, his reviews no doubt confirm the opinions of those who would not see the film anyway, but do little else.
  10. Alex Yaxmos from Canada writes: I'll reserve judgement until I actually see the movie.
  11. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: Umm... Toronto from Canada writes: To Dana,
    I take it this is the part of the article to which you are referring:
    "Bale... is a one-dimensional. Australian actor. Worthington, who plays Marcus,"
    This is an editorial slip, not a geographical one. There should be a comma after "actor", not a period. As in, "Australian actor, Worthington, who plays...". Clearly something was clipped after one-dimensional (hence the unfinished sentence) and the mistake continued into the next sentence.

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    LOL! I'll bet the movie doesn't suffer from such blatant quality control problems.
  12. The Wight from Canada writes: So, the parade of summer movies that looked sooooo good in the trailers in December continues to disappoint. Wolverine, Star Trek and now Terminator. Shall I hold out hope for Transformers, given that I loathe the concept already?

    Come on, Hollywood ... story, story, story. You don't even HAVE a movie unless you have that basic.
  13. A. S. from Canada writes: I gather the reviewer would have felt much better had he allowed himself to give the movie no stars.
  14. North Star from Canada writes: George Nikitin from Hamilton, Canada writes: I am not sure what coulour pallate one might paint a post nuclear appocalyptic world? Grey and black sound reasonable. If the author was expecting sunshine and lollipops, I think they went to see the wrong movie.

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    The Road, another apocalyptic film to release in the fall also stripped the colour from its film for the same reason.
  15. Blade Runner from Canada writes: In a desperate attempt at one-upmanship, directors add more shooting, more crashing, more and bigger explosions - bigger, louder, brighter, faster, until all the frenetic action becomes a jumbled, tiresome mess.

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    I wish the movies of today were toned back a bit, its nauseating at times, especially when they on top of all the CG effects they shake and blur the camera. There were parts in Star Trek where it appeared they went overboard with camera shake and blur.
  16. Sue Hickey from Grand Falls-Windsor, Canada writes: Many mainstream films these days, "Tired," are not great and intellectually vapid because they are directed at young male audiences, fired by testosterone and not interested in good film. I loved the first two Terminator films. Good plot (from Ellison!) and great, strong female roles, thanks to James Cameron! I like Christian Bale but I doubt there is a scene in this new film that is as powerful as the nuclear holocaust scene from T2. And how can you take a director seriously when he calls himself "McG?"
  17. Blade Runner from Canada writes: I want a movie with some meat to the story and good CG to support it. Not CG to go overboard and swallow up the entire movie in over the top effects and .5 second blurred action shots. Transformers will suck because it will be all CG and no story.
  18. Lance Uppercut from Canada writes: I see alot of people complaining here about the content and style of movies...
    The solution is simple: Don't watch them. These movies are made this way for a reason: because that is what post people want to see. If that wasn't the case then these movies would not be generating the revenue that they do. It's called supply and demand. People want these movies, so they get them.
  19. D B from Ottawa, Canada writes: Why revive a franchise unless you're going to do it right? Hollywood shows such contempt for the fans.
  20. William Latanville from toronto, Canada writes: To Lance Uppercut, who thinks, "These movies are made this way for a reason: because that is what post people want to see. If that wasn't the case then these movies would not be generating the revenue that they do. It's called supply and demand. People want these movies, so they get them."

    I'll mention the typo, because it's funny: "Post People" as in, "dumb as a...?"

    Anyway, Lance seems to forget that if all there is to eat is sht, and you're hungry enough, you'll eat sht.

    That said, I'm still keen to see Terminator Salvation...
  21. The Natrix from Toronto, Canada writes: As usual, the over use of special effects offsets the need for a real story line.
  22. D K from Calgary, Canada writes: Tall as a "hydro tower"? Power line, you mean?
  23. Neil Fiertel from Spruce Grove, Canada writes: I have not seen the movie but critical reviews have no affect on what I will go see as critics are not movie makers but parasites who live off the hard and intense labour and risk of those that do make film. I have read reviews of everything from Wagner and the Impressionists right through to those about Orson Wells and let's face it, some are on the money and most are crap. I would suggest to anyone to make one's own personal judgment and not accept the view of some print jockey who is hoping that his review will generate enough interest to allow one more chance to pay a bit on Visa. About the comment regarding Hydro Pole....That is a common term where one has electric power generated from water power..and not relevant to the review. I wonder how many film critics are actually educated in the history of film, have been involved in making one and so forth. I do not hold any trust in those that really have no real understanding of film making any more than I do a critic of painting who never held a paint brush and has no idea what one does or thinks to create. By the way, Mr. Bale is a consummate actor. Don't listen to this critic on this subject either.
  24. J. Herbert MuffinFluffer from Moosehorn, Mb., Canada writes:
    ...I've already submitted my script for Transformers Vs. Terminator. Watch for it coming to a screen near you! Summer 2010. Doo doo doo!
  25. William Latanville from Toronto, Canada writes: DK from Calgary: "Hydro Tower" may be a colloquialism, but it is not without precedent.
    http://photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca/photos/natures_force/picture85045.aspx

    http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=Q0p&q=hydro tower&btnG=Search&meta=

    hth,

    bud
  26. J. Herbert MuffinFluffer from Moosehorn, Mb., Canada writes: "tired of governments everywhere from Canada writes: ...When is enough enough? I'm not looking for touchie-feelie 'Old Yeller' type movies. But something with some substance that can actually make you feel good about man-kind."

    Have you seen Mike Leigh's "Happy Go Lucky"? from last year. I found it thoroughly enjoyable and left the theatre with a big smile on my face.
  27. Mikey Gault from The Moral Highground, Canada writes: I'm too afraid to read the review given the Globe's propensity to reveal plot spoilers.
  28. Cee Gee from Toronto, Canada writes: To Umm...

    In the context of the review, I'd say no commas: "Australian actor Sam Worthington..."
  29. strider 643 from Canada writes: I agree: The Terrminator movies totally jumped the shark after the first two most excellent films. The law of diminishing cinematic returns.
  30. Desmond Whitton from Canada writes: I blame McG.

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