Terminator: Salvation (T4)
Even if you don't enjoy large, garish action films, you have to have a certain respect for the Terminator franchise. Created in 1984, it was predicated on the notion that computers (which were utterly foreign contraptions to most people at the time) would someday collect enough data on humanity to recognize us as a threat, become self-aware and eventually try to extinguish us all. Even considering today's audience (people who spend hours a day happily pouring personal data into computers for the brief rewards of convenience, comfort and internet fame), the series has managed to keep itself relevant enough to warrant big name talent and hundred million dollar production budgets.
For those of us who do enjoy large, garish action films, read on: Terminator: Salvation (henceforth T4) director McG fulfills the promise of Terminator 2, one of the greatest action films of all time. He demonstrates genuine respect for the somewhat nutty mythology of the series, while also making a noble attempt to incorporate the American mythology of ordinary people who survive--often only by chance--devastating circumstances just long enough to face inhumane evil with unlimited resources. What McG may lack in intellectual heft, he more than makes up for in effort, and in references to Apocalypse Now and Children of Men.
Read the rest of my review at Greencine.