Dave’s 3-Word Review:
I’ll be back.
Man, most series have sequels that are within a couple years of each other. Three at most. I mean, when Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was announced, people went all kinds of crazy. I guess time makes the heart grow fonder in terms of movie franchises. Maybe that’s part of the reason that The Terminator was such a powerful and popular series. Each film had an extremely long wait period before the next one came out. It was 7 years between the first and second, 12 years between the second and third, and 6 years between the third and fourth. I don’t have to tell you how insane that is. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a machine that’s not supposed to age, and he is the main guy through the first three movies – that’s a grand total of almost 20 years. Holy crap.
The story goes a little something like this…in the future, computers have taken over the world, thanks to this little company called Skynet. Well, these computers started making other machines called Terminators that were made specifically to wipe out all the humans. So the man who was prophesied to end the war sends his father into the past to stop a T-101 model from killing his mother in 1984.
The thing is, all of these different types of terminators started being manufactured. I’m talking killing machines that really can’t be killed themselves…pretty much impossible. Another T-101 was sent back in time, this time to protect a 10 year-old John Connor from a T-1000 – that’s a terminator that has the ability to morph into any living person because he is made completely of liquid metal. We’re talking Mystique from the X-Men Collection, people. Well after the T-101 takes care of business there, he kills himself, and the legend of Skynet is destroyed…or is it.
For 10 more years, John Connor remains in hiding until a TX model is sent to the year 2003 where she begins to murder John Connor’s future lieutenants. John meets his future wife and together they and another version of the T-101 model beat the crap out of the TX…only…they weren’t able to stop the nuclear war…that was inevitable.
So in 2018, John meets a new kind of Terminator that has human organs. Those organs gave this Terminator a conscience and was actually a help to John Connor as he attempted to save his future father from Skynet’s grasp. When John was dying from a bad attack, this new Terminator offered John his heart, and the war continues.
This is a great series about the strength of the human will. Not only that but the value of human life, no matter if they are a saint or a sinner. It’s about courage, love, and yes…it’s of course about bloody violence. Wouldn’t be much of a Terminator flick without that. The fourth film in the franchise is the biggest change, but if you think about it, it fits…but fits more like a spin-off, not direct sequel. I think that’s why most people hate it.