That’s right folks. In the week of The Dark Knight, when all we hoped for it came to pass, another Christian Bale film is sneaking out some teaser stuff. Not content with one mega huge franchise, he’s also part of another little-known, not-that-popular, could-do-with-more-action indie series. What’s it called again…oh yeah….Terminator something.
There are many reasons for our reaction to Terminator Salvation to vary from indifference to skepticism to outright hostility, but most can be summed up in one word: McG. The McDonalds happy meal of the directing world, we have every reason to fear the worst. But at least the marketing team are earning their retainer so far. The previously reported trailer gives some good hints and flashes, without being stupid enough to show us any real, judge-able footage just yet.
And today’s shot of John Connor? Bale’s just doing what he does best – kicking ass and taking names.
And thank jebus they’ve dropped the original cumbersome title for the better-but-not-quite-as-good-as-just-T4 for Terminator Salvation.
As much as we would love to say that the title of this piece was, in fact, a hilarious well scripted joke on our behalf, the sad truth is that it just isn’t. Appearantly Terminator 4 was too short, while Terminator: Salvation was too obscure, while Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins was just too f**kin’ long, and Terminator: War Against The Machines was too obvious. So they went with what is possibly the most infuriatingly bad grammar title of all time.
Terminator: The Return Of The Terminator. Breathe it in. Do you smell that? Thats shit, thats what that smell is. Thank you, McG. Thank you for replacing Paul W.S. Anderson and Uwe Boll on the top of shit hit list. Oh boy are you gunna geddit!
While it was the last person we expected to see sense, director McG has finally renamed the ultra long-named Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. While the official title is not yet released, early word has it at just being Terminator 4. Which is a very, very good thing. Long titles are beginning to become something of a nuisance, and if not kept under a watchful eye, could get completely out of control. While the LOTR trilogy is initially to blame, they were also named after books, so we can’t be too mad at TFOTR, TTT or TROTK. But did Pirates Of The Caribbean really need all those long titles? Was The Curse Of The Black Pearl necessary? Or Dead Man’s Chest? Why use At World’s End when a simple number 3 can suffice?
Before 2008 is out, we’ll all have seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian filling up the screens in our local cinema. And then next year? So far we have X-Men Origins: Wolverine and A Night At The Museum 2: Escape From The Smithsonian. Do they really think people won’t understand what Wolverine is about without the prefix?
Everyone take a hint from McG and shorten the names. But not your own names. And certainly not to something as stupid as McG. Thats just stupid, McG. But then you did direct the Charlie’s Angels movies, so who are we to expect anything better? By the way, how is it that people can direct generally derided crap like that, and then get to direct mega-franchises like Terminator, and get people like Christian Bale to be in it? It upsets me, is what it does.