Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Human Cyborg Relations and Terminator Salvation

"You think you're human?" – John Connor

One of my earliest profound experiences in cinema was seeing James Cameron's original Terminator movie. It was probably the darkest, bleakest film experiences I'd had up until that point and it featured Bill Paxon dressed up like a punk rocker and getting stabbed by a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first five-minutes. Crazy. Between the first film and Terminator 2 I salivated at the prospect of seeing the future post-apocalyptic world envisioned by Cameron as a place where humans are hunted down by robots only to fight back under the leadership of John Connor and realised in its own standalone film. Now that time is nearly upon us and the last person I would have expected to be delivering on it was McG.

Here it is, the second trailer for Terminator Salvation which is currently hosted on Yahoo! Movies. It certainly gives a better idea of what we might be able to expect and what kind of weight the screenwriters (Jonathan Nolan, Anthony E. Zuiker, Shawn Ryan, Paul Haggis) who have worked on the project have been able to insert into this massive studio project. It's Warner Bros and that gives me hope, but it also big budget and the pressure is on to prevent an R-rating. Four screenwriter credits isn't the most appealing advertisement, but considering the hoops this story has been through with the studio it's unsurprising. I'm feeling pretty good about this film right now, especially the concept of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) the discontinued terminator who believes he is human. Plot synopsis after the jump, trailer looking suitably mechanised and grundgy is embedded below:

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale), the man fated to be the leader of the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators, and the future he was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they find out a terrible secret that may lead to the possible annihilation of mankind.