Let’s just get this out of the way. I loved Terminator Salvation. Yes, my “taste” can be questionable at times. I did in fact enjoy Terminator 3 for what it was, but seriously I don’t know how anyone who likes the Terminator franchise could not like Salvation. Why? Salvation was essentially the film that I dreamed of seeing when I was a kid. I finally got to get past all the traveling to our present day and right into the post apocalyptic future.
Is it better than T2? No. Could it have been? Nope. First of all, you can never make a film as good as T2 without James Cameron, but more importantly you’ll never be able to compete with your memories of how great that film was back in the early 90s. It also can’t be as original of an experience after three movies and a television series. Salvation might not have been as emotionally touching as some may have wanted, but it had everything I wanted in a Terminator film and almost nothing that I didn’t.
As much as I loved the film I did have three problems that bothered the hell out of the inner nerd in me. Warning! Spoilers ahead…
1. Nuclear War: Maybe I missed something, but the whole thing about Skynet winning round one is that it used our nuclear bombs against us. If that’s the case Kyle Reese and his little friend should have no hair and their teeth should be falling out. There’s such a thing as radiation and fallout that would take out almost all survivors of a nuclear war and it just doesn’t go away in a day or two.
2. Cars That Can be Fixed: You couldn’t fix damage from an EMP blast by fiddling under the hood of a car that had been near ground zero. Sorry, but that’s highly unlikely.
3. The Heart Thing: So the survivors of the robo-apocalypse have the knowledge and the skill do to do open heart surgery in a field hospital? That’s hard to swallow. Then it becomes absolutely unbelievable when you consider that the robo-dude and John Conner would have to be the same blood type and even then John’s body wouldn’t reject the heart. Instead, I’ll just reject the ending and pretend that part doesn’t happen.