Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 by David Chen
In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley reflect on Disney’s absorption of Marvel Entertainment, wonder if Terminator Salvation could be improved with some R-rated action, get excited about some action movie sequels, and assess the state of the Redbox legal battle. Special guest Anne Thompson from Indiewire joins us for this episode.
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That man McG seems to change his story an awful lot. I can’t even unravel all of the threads of argument about the rating for Terminator Salvation (something… about… pizza?) but I do recall that, at various times, it was either fully intentional or fully unintentional that Moon Bloodgood‘s infamous breast-baring not be part of the final cut. And how much violence or gore was snipped from the picture to get it into theatres with a tween-friendly rating?
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A handful of sites got to visit the set of Clash of the Titans over the last weekend, and Devin at CHUD took the chance to talk to star Sam Worthington about some of his recent projects. In a pair of pieces published last night, Worthington defends some of Terminator: Salvation (“It was dark. There is no humor. That’s what we set out to do.”) while at the same time recognizing that some things could have been done better. He also has great things to say about James Cameron and working on green screen for Avatar. It’s all after the break. Read More »
Warner Bros has released a new television spot for Terminator Salvation which actually promotes Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s CG appearance in the film. I thought that Arnold requested that WB not promote the movie with his image, since he only appears in the film for a short scene. Watch the tv spot after the jump.
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We somehow missed this music video when it was released last week. Mark Lee had the idea of doing a schmaltzy Terminator love song, in the style of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” or “Everything I Do (I Do It For You).” Watch the video and read the lyrics after the jump.
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During this week’s episode of the Totally Rad Show, Alex Albrecht theorized that one of the many reasons Terminator Salvation didn’t work for him was because he believes that the concept of machines or technology rising up against humanity has been done so many times before, that it is no longer valid (I’ve included an excerpt from the show after the jump).
How can a story work on the same level of the first Terminator film, when the machines and technology are no longer scary. Even in the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica television series, the Cylons weren’t even scary (It should be noted that the show worked on many other dramatic levels, but it never tried to be a thriller).
Or could it be that we’ve reached a place where both the animatronic and computer generated machines no longer look real? And maybe the same could be said about technology. We now live in a technology-infused world, and the evil tech in films like Eagle Eye just ring false.
Terminator Salvation aside, lets have a discussion. In this post-Matrix world, is the story of humans having to defend themselves against scary machines and evil technology a thing of the past?
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McG‘s Terminator Salvation hits theaters tomorrow, and so far it seems like the reaction is violently mixed. I screened the film earlier this week, and hope to write a review over the weekend, or maybe even appear on the /Filmcast, but here are my quick thoughts. If you’re expecting the movie to reach the bar set by Terminator and T2, you need to lower your expectations. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this movie. The franchise does get Salvation, as the title implies, and the film is a HUGE improvement over Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
The action scenes are pretty damn cool, with McG paying homage to Children of Men/Alfonso Curon with a series of one-shot single camera sequences (which obviously aren’t one-shot, but stitched together in post) that will have you drooling. That said, the character development is almost non existent, the pacing is a mess and the dialogue could’ve been written by a 10-year-old. Overall, I enjoyed the film.
I know I might be in the minority. I understand how people might not think this is a good movie, but I’m surprised at some of the violently negative reaction the film has gotten in some of the early reviews. I think general audiences will like this film a lot more than critics. The film is getting an 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb with over 2000 votes (I expect this to go down to the 6.5-7.5 range) but only 34% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. I have compiled a bunch of excerpts from the early reviews after the jump.
Discuss: Did you see Terminator Salvation? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Terminator Salvation took in an estimated $13.37 million on Thursday, including $3 million from midnight screenings. Steve Mason was predicting that the film would make around $70 million for the first five days of release, and these first day numbers fall in line with that estimate.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opened on the same Thursday last year with $25 million, and went on to make $152 in the first five days (memorial day weekend). It’s not unreasonable to think that Salvation could make about half that, despite strong competition from Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian.
Wednesday night midnight screenings of Terminator Salvation have made an estimated $3 million, an an unknown amount of screens. The film is playing today at 3,580 play-dates, and will be adding 50 more on Friday.
It will be interesting to see if the negative critical reaction will hurt the film (I doubt it will). So far the reaction of general audiences has been pretty positive, showing one of the biggest divides in critic/audience reaction of the year so far. You can check out some of the general audience comments on our feedback post or on Twitter.
Steve Mason is predicting that the film will make $70 million in the first five days of release, falling short of Night at the Museum 2’s expected $75 million. Star Trek will likely take another $40 million while Dance Flick is expected to make $14 million (which is about $14 million more than it should make)