James Cameron “Reviews” Terminator Salvation

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 7:45 pm,

With James Cameron’s mammoth sci-fi motion-capture 3D epic, Avatar, opening in most markets tomorrow (December 18th), I thought it’d be interesting to share Cameron’s thoughts on Terminator Salvation, the fourth installment in a franchise he made legendary with The Terminator and T2: Judgement Day in the ’80s and early ’90s.

Jordan Hoffman over at UGO managed to get some “quality one-to-one time” with the legendary Mr. Cameron. During their “b.s.-free” conversation, Cameron revealed his thoughts on McG’s take on the Terminator franchise. Obviously, as Hoffman points out, Cameron has been a busy man, though he still managed to catch the fourth Terminator installment. Here’s Cameron’s “review” of it:

“It probably didn’t get a fair day in court because I had to watch it at night when I got home from work, over a period of two or three nights. I think Sam [Worthington] is remarkable in the film because, well, I think Sam is remarkable in anything he does. Interestingly, I think McG did a good job in the sense…I think he was almost too referential to the mythos of the first and second film. He over-quoted them in a way?”

“It didn’t feel to me to be enough of a reinvention. I mean the thing we did with the second film is that we reinvented the first film completely; spun it on its ass and made the Terminator the good guy, and came up with a whole new concept for a villain, it felt fresh. I didn’t feel the fourth picture was fresh enough. It also lacked a certain stamp of authenticity because Arnold wasn’t in it. I mean, he was in it briefly, digitally, but that’s not the same thing.”

“I didn’t think it was bad. I didn’t think it was embarrassing. I don’t think he let the franchise down in some huge way, but I did feel some sort of unease that it didn’t go beyond.”

I have to agree with a lot of what Cameron has said about the latest Terminator installment. I ultimately had fun with it, particularly enjoying the performance of Worthington, as well as some of the special effects. But I agree with Cameron in that McG didn’t take it to a whole new level the way Cameron did with T2 (Salvation had many plot issues). Although it wasn’t meant to be an official reboot in the same way as Star Trek, for example,I still expected Salvation to push things a lot further than it did.

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I’m hoping that if and when McG gets back behind the camera for Terminator 5 (if all goes well with the sale of the franchise rights, that is) that he’ll try some radical things to “spin it on its ass,” to quote Mr. Cameron icon smile James Cameron Reviews Terminator Salvation . That might not be the case, however, as there’s rumors that the fifth movie would go back to the old going back in time plotline that we got in the first three installments. We finally get to the future war with the machines and now they may be going back to the time travel thing? Talk about being stuck in the past (get it?).

Do you agree with any of Cameron’s thoughts on Terminator Salvation? Would you like to see McG return to direct number 5? Which direction would you like to see the story go in – time travel or future war?

Source: UGO Movie Blog

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  1. I find it hard to believe that the director that is famously known to be very critical, extremely detail-oriented, and a perfectionist could find very little at fault with that garbage heap of a movie, especially when it poorly handles a mythos he created. Or maybe he really did mellow with age.

    • The only thing thats garbage here is listening to people underrating movies constantly this movie did exactly what it should have considering its timeline and if cameron had expanded his vision of the first like he should have indtead of the cop out that was t2 we wouldnt b here and as underrated as salvation is t2 is the most overated sequel in history a special effects action extravaganza with a clunky slow script that tries to offer cyborgs a vacation and then finishes the grestest sci fi series of all time by blowing up cyberdyne are you kidding me go salvation

  2. loved it, great addition to the series and that’s coming from a hardcore franchise fan. can’t believe some had issues with Bale’s performance , he and Sam Worthington were great but that’s just my opinion, i’m not an anal retentive film snob…

  3. If you can please imagine the beginning of Terminator 2, you can unfortunately say that this is the right and the best Terminator ever been made. The whole beginning sequence with future war in the night is better than whole Terminator Salvation movie. If the James Cameron once going back to the Terminator story, because there is no one who could doing this better or at least just the same as the Terminator 2, maybe only Cameron can again direct another breathtaking movie as he did with his Terminator 2. Jesus, i would go in the time machine and send my ass back to the time when the Terminator 2 was the last piece of all…it’s really kill me, know that the Terminator Salvation is the final s*** at the end…only the machines the terminators are still the best, but that is a little, it would take more than that!!! It would take the better Director!!!

    Someone please send me a E-Mail if you have the same opinion as me!!

    • Wrong wrong wrong dude see this is 2018 not 2029 and in salvation the machines are dominant but still evolving and if you listened to mcg he said just that and listen if salvation was the only future war movie ide agree but mcg stated this is the start of the future war not even set in 2029 so please pay attention before u slag of these poor directors and there worthwhile entries

  4. This movie wasn’t as good as T1 and T2, but it was def better than T3. T3 felt almost like a parody or a comedy of some sort. This movie wasn’t as bad as its made out to be. Yes Arnold should have been it, yes there should have been a lot more action scenes with skeletal machines and such, but this movie was not THAT bad. I too have been a fan of the terminator franchise since I was 5-6 years old.