The script for Terminator: Salvation isn't all that - unexpectedly sidelining Christian Bale's John Conner - but still ranking as a briskly paced action tale. The film's real main protagonist is the taciturn Marcus (Sam Worthington), a convicted murderer, and I thought he was a solid, if not quite galvanizing, lead. I am disappointed that the big plot twist with his character is revealed in the trailers as it spoils one of the few real surprises that the film could've sprung on audiences. That said, I liked Worthington's performance and whereas Bale's John Connor comes across as something of a blank, I thought Worthington and Anton Yelchin as the young Kyle Reese (the character that Michael Biehn plays in the first Terminator) gave the film enough of a heart to go along with the metal crushing mayhem.
I've seen a lot of summer movies that were truly terrible given a pass by critics so it's hard to figure why this franchise reboot has incurred so much wrath. Maybe critics have a mad-on for McG or they think Bale deserves to fall on his ass a little. Who knows. Maybe they just didn't like the movie. I do know that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Terminator: Salvation. I haven't seen Wolverine or Star Trek yet so Terminator: Salvation is the start of my summer movie season. Turns out to have been a good choice to go with.