Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on August 2009

Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation

Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation

Okay, it was cool when the first, Austrian-accented robot showed up in our theaters 25 years ago. There was a sense of wonder and discovery, at least in terms of summer blockbusters. It was fun. The 1991 sequel had some nice, scary liquid-metal effects, but by T3 in 2003, the franchise was definitely showing some rust. Now we have this grim, time-pretzeling, blow-stuff-up, robot zombie demolition derby that’s no fun at all. It’s boring, incoherent and so noisy it kept me awake. Here’s an idea: you can help defeat Hollywood’s robotic sequel-producing machine by simply not going to see stuff like this.
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