Film (with rating): Terminator Salvation (PG-13)
Summary: John Connor, the leader of the human resistance,
does his best to fight Skynet’s plan to terminate mankind while also trying to
save the life of his father, Kyle Reese.
Review: Without Arnold as the Terminator, there’s not much
traditional spunk in “Terminator Salvation.” Christian Bale as John
Connor is lackluster and a bit too monotone and, dare I say, robotic.
This being the fourth film in the
series (see USA Today’s timeline for a cool graphic),
“Terminator Salvation” does deliver in terms of action and
explosions, even if it doesn’t feel at all like its predecessors. It’s darker,
grittier, more morose. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. It’s just
very different. And very, very action-packed.
Director McG (“Charlie’s
Angels”) knows how to make a big, blow-up film. Dialog, storyline and
character development? Not so much. But I really doubt anyone will watch
“Terminator Salvation” to learn more about life and the meaning of
it. Nope, we all watch films like
this for the excitement factor, and “Terminator Salvation” has plenty
Hang in there through the
first part of the film, which tends to drag. The last half of “Terminator
Salvation” is worth the wait. Just don’t expect it to attain near the
classic status of the others in the franchise.
Extra highlight: None, unless you choose Blue-ray. Then take
a peek at the “Maximum Movie Mode.”
What to serve for dinner: It’s impossible to watch any
“Terminator” film without somehow connecting it to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So serve up one of the “Governator’s” favorite Austrian
dishes–bratwurst. Try Bratwurst A’ La Hein (cooks.com).
6 onions, sliced
1 c. chili sauce
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 c. ketchup
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. paprika
6 grilled brats
1 (12 oz.) can beer
Put onions and sauce ingredients in Dutch oven. Add sausages
and beer. Simmer, covered 30 minutes or until onions are tender. Serve hot in
buns. Brats can be grilled ahead of time and refrigerated. Make sauce on day of
meal and add brats.
What to talk about over dinner: Do you think machines could
take over the world? If so, how would it all shake down? What was your favorite
“Terminator” film? Why? How did this one compare for you? Did you
miss Arnold? Do you think he’ll ever be President of the United States if the
Constitution is changed to allow it? How do you think he’s doing as governor?
Did you like Christian Bale as John Connor? Or was he just too much “Dark
Knight?” Did you watch the “Sarah Connor Chronicles” on TV? What
did you think of it? Upset it was canceled?