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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Terminator Salvation, X-men Origins, Or Star Trek. You Choose Which Will Be This Summer’s Blockbuster Release

Just finished watching the season finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. During the program, I saw the extended trailer for Terminator Salvation (something that we’ve seen online for some time now).

It occurred to me that this May, we have three action/adventure science fiction movies that have the potential to be blockbusters – all in May. Let’s hope that they get this movie season off with a bang.

Let's take a quick peek at them.

First, there’s the X-men Prequel that Fox has been hyping since they closed down the storyline on the X-men with the third X-men movie. X-men Origins: Wolverine chronicles the beginnings of our favorite feral superhero, Wolverine, and how he got his indestructible skeleton and claws. Early reviews of this file indicate that it will be good. So good, that one reviewer got fired for reviewing it. OK, he actually downloaded and reviewed a leaked bootlegged version of the film. Still, Fox didn’t like that so they are currently looking for the culprit that leaked the film. And the reviewer? Well, he opted to fall on his sword.

Still, come May 1, it will be good to see Hugh Jackman strap on his silver claws one more time and start slicing up everything that gets in his way.

Then, there’s J. J. Abrams Project X that turned out to be Star Trek. Again, chronicling the early adventures of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the early Enterprise gang, this film may be the shot in the arm that revives the Star Trek Franchise. This one must be good. The sequel is already on the books. So on May 8, hop onboard the USS Enterprise and join Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Simon Pegg and the crew as they warp out to save the universe.

Lastly, we have the machines taking over the world again and trying to put an end to mankind in Terminator Salvation. At the close of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, John Connor travels to the future where he doesn’t exist (yet) and has formed an uncertain alliance with one of the liquid metal machines. All of which points to an uncertain future, something that was highlighted in the second Terminator Movie.

Anyway, Christian Bale puts aside his cape and cowl in exchange for a pair of combat boots, a leather duster, and a phase plasma rifle in the 40-watt range to become John Connor as he fights for the future of humanity. This chapter of the Terminator franchise seems to encompass some uncertain twists. The humans don’t quite know what to make of the newcomer, Marcus Wright. Even Marcus Wright doesn’t know what he is. Which begs the question: Did McG steal a chapter out of the re-imagined BattleStar Galactica playbook? Has the Terminator series moved beyond the concept of cybernetic organisms and artificial intelligence to encompass synthetic organics? We’ll know on May 21 when Terminator Salvation hits the theaters.

Oh yes. Here’s another tidbit that I noticed. In one of the film posters for Terminator Salvation, a pitted and bullet ridden machine skull is staring ominously back at us. In one of the eyes, you can clearly make out a brightly glowing double helix. Is this an indication that machines in the future will not be assembled, but grown? We’ll know on the May 21.

So, the question is, which one of these movies do you think will be this summer’s blockbuster? Take the poll on the side bar.

The clock is ticking. Make your choice.

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