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Terminator on Terminator

“[I’m open to] all those things, if it’s True LiesTerminator, a well-made Terminator…the last one was awful. It tried hard, not that they didn’t try, the acting and everything. It missed the boat.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, April 2012.

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Hold up, hold up – Arnold, I’ll let you finish, but know this – “Terminator: Salvation” really isn’t that bad.  And it’s a lot better than the godawful, woebegone, half-assed “Terminator 3: Rise of the Novelty Sunglasses”.  A film, lest I forget, that was reviewed by Mrs Rolling Eyeballs thusly – “After making me sit through this, you’re lucky that I didn’t divorce you”.  But then, I had to go and see “Something’s Got To Give”, so I figure that we’re essentially even…

If “Terminator: Salvation” is guilty of anything, it’s that it feels really episodic  – generic action sequence follows intense dialogue exchange and begets another huge action scene – and suffers a little from what we know about star Christian Bale‘s on-set temper flare-up – when you watch Bale’s John Connor in the film get all method and ticked-off, its hard not to expect him to suddenly get riled and start to fire his co-stars and demand better acting talent to work with.

I’m always going to be interested in seeing another movie in this universe – hey, I was hyped for part three before it opened and, well, you know how that turned out – and I really feel that it might be time to do the previously unthinkable and acknowledge that perhaps we don’t need to have Arnold present to make a film which is canonically acceptable and not painful to watch.  In fact, at this point, might it be argued that Arnold is more of a hinderance than a plus point?

Somebody call Timur Bekmambetov – if any cat can make a balls-out, utterly crazed “Terminator” movie that could erase the memories of recent instalments, it’s him.

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A Decalogue of Droids…

Yes, I loved "Terminator: Salvation" but I'm getting counselling, so it's cool...

Over at Geek Soul Brother, it’s a list which got me thinking.  What are the TEN MOST EVIL ROBOTS?

Do Cyborgs count?  Is a proper evil robot 100% synthetic?  Can a part-human, part-robot hybrid ever be really, truly evil if there’s the possibility that such a being has human reasoning in addition to artificial programming?

Am I reading too much into this?  Very probably.  But I do love a good list.

Ian Holm as Ash, employing the 'evil robot as mild-mannered janitor' switcheroo.

For my money?  Ash in “Alien” is the most evil, as Ian Holm gives him a predatory quality which neatly undercuts the way in which he’s actually supposed to be looking out for you.  At least with the likes of the Terminators, or the Daleks, you can be pretty sure that if you’re organic and fleshy, the vaguely metallic life-form pursuing you probably means you a good deal of harm and isn’t merely trying to catch up to you so that he can give you an expert back-rub.

These chaps don't want to give you a lovely Shiatsu treatment.

I’m all for agenda-free robots, is what I’m saying.  Make my killer robots easy to recognise, dag-blast it!

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