Saturday, March 31, 2012
50 Most Hated Movies of all Time - #47 - Terminator: Salvation
The first three movies I reviewed, I thought were either okay (Daredevil) or sucked (Supes Returns, Texas Chainsaw remake). This is the first one I genuinely liked and don't get the anger towards at all. There's a few arguments about Terminator: Salvation being trash and for the record, I don't really agree with any of them. Let's delve a little deeper.
In 1984, The Terminator was released and really helped solidify Arnold Schwarzenegger as a top box-office draw. Seven years later, the movie almost everyone cites as being the best in the series, T2 was released. Featuring revolutionary effects, pop-culture moments galore, memorable action pieces and a great plot, this movie was a slicker and less gritty sequel to the original. Twelve years later, T3 came to theatres and while it was not beloved as #1 and #2, it seems to have gotten pretty much a free pass. Then, 6 years later, the shortest amount of time we got for a Terminator movie, Salvation hits. Building on the events in the first three films, we finally got the actual war between the machines and the humans, with everyone's (at least the bandwagon jumpers) favorite Batman, Christian Bale as John Conner. It had action, an interesting storyline, intensity and effects...much like the other 3 movies. So, why the angst?
I'm guessing one of the reasons is the director. McG directed the Charlie's Angels movies before T4 and I think just based on his name (he sounds like something you order off the McDonalds menu...yes, I would like a McG!), the fact he made a somewhat brainless pair of action movies revolving around hot women and he just hadn't established himself as a SERIOUS FILMMAKER (or seemed to pretend to want to), that was enough for the elitists to start crying into their soups. Then there was the infamous blowup on the set of T4 (apparently Christian Bale is sensitive about lighting guys) that was parodied and ridiculed ad nauseum, but all joking aside, it started things on a bad foot, because as soon as something like that comes out, it seems people just don't ridicule the event, they're getting ready to ridicule the whole damned show and to me, that is grossly unfair.
The the elitists who made the 50 most hated movies of all time would tell you that no one really wanted another Terminator movie and too much time had elapsed between movies for people to care. For the record, as stated previously, this was the shortest time period between Terminator movies. Secondly, no one wanted to see another Terminator movie? How about the television show that lasted 2 years? Let's also look at the worldwide box office for the movies.
Terminator: $78.371 million
T2: $519.843 million
T3: $433.371 million
Terminator: Salvation: $371.353 million
Keep in mind too, these are profits without 3D adding another $20-40 million in take. So, yes, even though Terminator Salvation made in the same range as the other far "superior" Terminator movies, no one wanted to see it. Sure, sure. What is more explainable is the pompous idiocy that reigns supreme in garbage websites like Total Film that dreamed up this list in the first place, or the same sort of trashy, stupid commentating in sites like JoBlo that promotes this garbage, spouting from personal opinion instead of fact. The fact is, people still went to see Terminator 4 and would go to see Terminator 5, whenever they make it, so it hardly makes a movie like Terminator: Salvation hated, does it?
Rating: Worth the hate? Absolutely NOT!