Trailer For The Trailer For 'Terminator: Salvation'

Weird title, I know – but it’s true.

Entertainment Tonight presented a sneak peak for the newest trailer for Terminator Salvation that will debut on their show next Tuesday and will be in theaters alongside The Day the Earth Stood Still. That means we now have two good reasons to see that film in theaters: 1) This trailer 2) The first official trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Terminator Salvation is directed by McG and stars Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Moon Bloodgood and Helena Bonham Carter.

The quick scenes we see here show some stuff we’ve seen before but the ending is the most notable and you’ll see why.

Here’s the footage:


That’s one big out-of-place robot. It’s like RoboCop meets modern live action transformers. I can’t say I remember that one from the Skynet designs, heh. The only reason there are Terminator units that are bipedal and in humanoid physical design are because they were first meant as substitutes for soldiers then later when Skynet took over, to infiltrate human resistance camps.

That being said, the monstrous machine does look awesome and I can’t wait to see more. My excitement can easily and very quickly be shattered if that giant bot turns out to have only two eyes (cameras) and can only see ahead of itself. If there are scenes in this movie where people sneak up behind it or underneath it – then that would be an epic fail on the filmmakers’ part. If Skynet were to build a killing machine that large, it would have cameras on every limb and body part, among other sorts of sensors (geek realism?).

My biggest worry with there being 10 entirely new Terminator designs in this film is that they are only included because someone thinks they look cool and that they will take away from the film. Some of the new designs can be seen from these concept art pictures I wrote about last month.

With regards to the hype surrounding recent movie trailers, this is a sad pattern I’m seeing with trailers: Creating more excitement than the films they are attached to. For me, this also happened with Quantum of Solace when I was eagerly expecting to see the Star Trek trailer and new trailer for Watchmen – I got let down big time and was stuck with six or seven other trailers I had already seen and/or didn’t care about.

What happened was apparently only three quarters of the Quantum of Solace prints came with the pair of trailers attached and it was a way for the studios to fool viewers who came mainly for the trailers into seeing other ads that they could also sell time to.

I hope this time I have better luck.

Terminator Salvation hits theaters May 22, 2009.

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