A few days removed from the film now, I can wholeheartedly say that Terminator Salvation is a failure. A well-intentioned, mishandled, what-could’ve-been disappointment. The assortment of crackling action sequences and visual effect grit on display make for a good enough time, but the whole finished product feels hollow and scatterbrained. Judging by its underwhelming $43 million, second place (behind Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) intake this weekend, Terminator Salvation could be the first and last Terminator effort from the McG/Christian Bale collab machine. Box office legs the size of Verne Troyer’s stems seem inevitable.
Which is proven in this post-mortem piece from Chud‘s Devin Faraci, where he goes into the plethora of differences between Terminator Salvation‘s original script and what the story became once Christian Bale and others flexed their veto muscles. Doesn’t seem like the original script was anywhere near a masterpiece, but what Faraci dictates at least sounds more compelling and ballsy.
Whether you loved or hated the film, this is a good read for anybody who saw said frustrating letdown this weekend: