Blood and Thunder!

Written by Burl on May 30th, 2009

Late shows rule. Last night I saw “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and tonight “Terminator Salvation.” Both are loud, slam-bang action fests with plenty of F/X eye candy. Both feature surprising amounts of way cool motorcycle action. Alas, “Wolverine” is so self-conscious that it’s funny when it doesn’t mean to be.

“Terminator Salvation” is a lot more serious, perhaps because lead actor Christian Bale acts without a trace of deconstructive irony. The Terminator canon is safe. It also has a couple of eye-popping action sequences: director McG certainly understands visceral choreography. The “Transformers” editors could learn a thing or two. The movie also has a certain stark beauty that’s striking.

These are the sort of movies that really should be seen in a theater with great sound and screening, along with “Star Trek.” The summer movie season is off to a good start.

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Primo Kimo says:

    wolverine was funny. esp. the garage/”great escape” chase scene as Mutt can tellya, that wasn’t a chopper. It was a fully outfitted stock Harley.

  2. gigi-hawaii says:

    Hubby saw Terminator last Saturday. Said it was just “Okay.”

  3. Primo Kimo says:

    wait. did he say “just okay”
    or did he just say
    “okay”

  4. gigi-hawaii says:

    Kimo, look at the quotation marks to answer your question.

  5. Primo Kimo says:

    okay. what is the just? don’t get the jist of it.

  6. gigi-hawaii says:

    It was just okay and nothing more than that. In other words, the movie did not wow him or bowl him over. Mediocre film.

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