When Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins was first mentioned as the title to the new installment of the iconic franchise, there was much anger and confusion amongst film fans online.
It wasn't just a bad title, it was a long, bad title.
In the past few years film titles have become ridiculously long. We've had the above titled Terminator film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, not to mention the Harry Potters and The Lord Of The Rings films (however I am tempted to over look these as they are based on books - and it's good to read... right?)
It seems like studio heads have finally listened to film fans and realized that you don't need a long, complicated and frankly stupid, title. I mean, Stallone had it right with Rambo, why call it John Rambo 4: The Return of Rambo after Twenty Years in Burma, when a simple brand name will do!
The main problem is that Chud.com is reporting that Terminator 4 now has the long(ish), simple, but equally stupid title of Terminator: The Return of the Terminator.
Now, it is an improvement - Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins was a terrible, terrible title. It sounded like a straight to DVD title... but let's be honest: Is Terminator: The Return of the Terminator any better?
Which Terminator is returning? It sure as hell ain't Arnold Schwarzenegger! In fact it should be Terminator: The Birth of the Terminator, as this film is technically a prequel to the previous films. Now try and get your mind around that!
I don't know what to think of this film, when I heard McG was directing I thought that the film was doomed, then Christian Bale signed on and it looked like it had a chance at being good. It's just one step forward and two steps back. Maybe they should call Paula Abdul.
This title change, though better, is hardly a vast improvement.
What do you guys think?
Terminator 4 aka Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins aka Terminator: The Return of the Terminator is scheduled to be released on May 22 2009.