I have to admit to never liking any McG films, so even with Christian Bale in the lead, I ended up staying away from this in the theaters and watching it on Blu-ray via netflix. And I can honestly say at least I did not see it on DVD, because this is pretty visually impressive. Sure it is a popcorn action movie, but is better than I thought it would be, and not about what I thought, especially since Christian Bale isn’t the lead here, Sam Worthington who would go on to do AVATAR is really the lead, and does a very good job here. This is an enjoyable science fiction film, and I would love to see another of these made, but with all the troubles with the rights, somehow I doubt another will be made. It is actually a shame because this is an enjoyable film, with some killer special effects. Well worth checking out.
In 2003, just before Judgment Day, cancer stricken Doctor Seran Kogan (Helena Bonham Carter) who works for Cyberdine Systems get convicted death row inmate Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) to give up his body for science after his execution. A year later Skynet is activated, and most of the Earth is laid to waste, and the machines take over. Then in the year 2018 resistance fighter John Conner (Christian Bale) leads an attack on an important Skynet base and discovers data about a new type of partially organic terminator. The machines attack again, and the base is mostly destroyed, with John crashing in a helicopter, and his men being destroyed by a huge explosion. The only survivor is Marcus, who does not know how he got there, but walks he toward Los Angeles. Meanwhile John heads to the Resistance headquarters, and old Nuclear Submarine to talk tell General Ashdown (Michael Ironside) about what he found, and what happened. Ashdown does not seem to like John too well, probably because he is revered, and thought of as the true leader of the resistance because of his radio broadcasts to survivors. The Resistance has discovered a radio frequency that they think will shut down Skynet machines at close range, and they plan on using it in a big attack, to stave off an attack on the Resistant command staff they have discovered the plans for. John is also on the list, as well as Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin who went on to play Chekov in the new Star Trek) who John knows to be his father. John returns to his base to test the signal.
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I had heard this was a good film for quite some time, and had held off, just because it was Jean Claude Van Damme, the muscles from Brussels, and just how good could it be? Pretty good it turns out. This film plays on JCVD himself, as he plays himself in the film, though of course not in a true story, but in it we can see him getting older, and having financial and family problems, and even get a self reflective moments where we are made to see that this is a film being made. A very well made film, that starts with an incredibly long tracking action shot, and becomes a thriller about a bank robbery, where the police mistakenly think that JCVD is the crook. A very well done and enjoyable film. I would put this as another must see in fact. JCVD is great. You can see he is aging, but he proves his acting chops here in a big way, but also in a fun way, but basically making fun of himself. And I love how the film is broken up into sections, each revealing a bit more of the back story and a different angle on what exactly is going on.
Jean-Claude Van Damme arrives in Brussels and takes a cab from the airport. He is having a a bad time. He may be losing his daughter in a brutal custody hearing that basically has said he is unfit to be a father, because he makes violent films. And even his young daughter has said she wants to live with her mom. His career is also doing badly, and he has no money. Even losing films to Steven Segal, and basically having to borrow money from his agent to stay alive, or even be able to pay the cab. JCVD has the cab stop, so he can run into a post office to get a money transfer. First taking some photos with fans from a video store across the way. Then shots are fired from the Post Office, and a cop approaches and see’s JCVD telling him to go away as he covers a window with furniture, and then the cop is shot as. The local police chief (François Damiens) shows up, and they call, and get a demand to transfer money to his agent, so he will release the hostages. They even bring in his parents to talk to him, but he will not talk, nor release any hostages.
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