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Director: McG

Cast: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin

Terminator Salvation is an all out action flick lacking soul due to its brittle storyline. But it will not satisfy the die-hard franchise fans looking for a worthy sequel to the first two films after the mishap that was Terminator 3. This installment of Terminator is all style and no substance.

The story opens in 2003 with death-row inmate, Marcus Wright (Worthington), agreeing to surrender his body to Cyberdyne systems for experimentation after execution. In 2018, the war between the small patches of human survivors and the machine army wages on. John Connor (Bale) is now the spiritual leader of the Resistance.  Following a botched mission Connor loses his entire unit and somehow activates Marcus. Later, Kyle Reese (Yelchin), the soon-to-be time traveling father of John Connor and some young man who inadvertently saves Marcus from an attack is abducted and taken to Skynet headquarters with thousands of other human slaves. Connor knows that he must rescue Reese. But as one would expect, not everyone and everything is, as it seems.

As a summer blockbuster, Terminator Salvation is striking. Director McG does a good job of keeping the action tight and breathtaking. There are several excellent action sequences in this film, and all of them are handled with panache. Probably the best thing about the film is the use of the variety of Terminators ranging from T-600s to T-800s.

But the big problem the film faces is that it lacks focus. The movie moves into a new area of storytelling in this universe created by James Cameron, and looks confused with the story it really wants to tell. The script is the real culprit here. Agreed, there are some mind blowing CGI action sequences in this film, which make it an out and out action blockbuster. But without a core storyline, everything falls flat.

Christian Bale is the biggest downer in this film. His role is not fleshed out enough to portray him as the messiah of the Resistance that he is supposed to be. He is just seen irritatingly shouting in the microphone transmitter throughout the film. On the plus side Sam Worthington does a wonderful job as Marcus Wright trying to find salvation and redeem himself.

The film does not resolve any issues brought up by the storyline, clearly keeping it’s options open for a sequel. But at the end of it all, you will realise that perhaps it is better if the franchise is terminated. Watch it for the action sequences.

Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a painstakingly long, over-the-top, noisy, and brainless sequel to the 2007 blockbuster Transformers. In his second outing on this franchise, Michael Bay (Armageddon) makes a film which is devoid of a story and inetersting plot developments.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen picks up two years after the first film. Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) is out of high school and heading off to college. After Optimus Prime destroyed the ‘All Spark’ in the previous movie, the Decepticons have to find the source of energy that will keep their race alive. The information about the location of the vital piece of this energy source is in Sam’s head, and Decepticons would have to kidnap him to get this information. Now Megatron and Starscream are coming back to Earth with force for another epic battle with humans, who forged an alliance with Optimus Prime and his team of Autobots. Now, it is in Sam and Optimus’s hands to save the planet. Miakela (Fox) and Agent Simmons (Turturro) join the Autobots and the US Marines in  the battle against the Decepticons.

LaBeouf delivers an average performance reprising his role as Sam. And it looks like Fox was casted in this film only as eye candy as there is not even an iota of acting portrayed by her. Even the robots look more expressive than her in the film. Turturro comes as a relief delivering a good performance as the obsessed Agent Simmons.

Bay has gone too far and is over indulgent this time around. Throughout the film, you will not question his ability to give you some top notch CGI action and gut wrenching explosions. But only that, does not give you a comprehensive movie. This film fails to deliver in an engaging manner, which makes it a failure. Yet, you will be blown by the CGI action, which makes it watchable, once.