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While Terminator Salvation has all the needed elements to be part of the franchise (the big action sequences, battle against overwhelming odds and hope for tomorrow), the film never quite seems like a Terminator movie. Part of this problem could be due to the fact the film is set during the actual war with Skynet so there is no time travel involved, but also because it just feels like several action sequences strung together with bits of plot in between the next big explosion. Directed by McG, the new film in the franchise was written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. The film sees Christian Bale stepping into the role of John Connor in a post-Judgment Day world »
- Patrick Luce
Chicago – The “Terminator” series is not one of the great modern movie franchises. The films have mainly served as ideal vehicles for the limited acting range of Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose muscular build and Austrian accent were perfect for the role of a formidable, oft-mute cyborg. A “Terminator” picture without him is like an “Alien” picture without Sigourney Weaver. The best entries of both franchises were their second installments directed by James Cameron. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”’s tireless invention and energy were a real kick, and the filmmakers came up with some unforgettable images, such as the shape-shifting T-1000.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
“Terminator Salvation,” the fourth (and hopefully final) entry in the series, attempts to reboot the stale franchise by setting its story in a post-Judgment Day wasteland, where much of humanity has been destroyed by their machines. This supposedly fresh approach to the material is derivative of every post-apocalyptic thriller in recent memory. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There’s no doubt that when James Cameron made the first Terminator movie in 1984 he figured on telling his story and moving on. Little did he know that 25 years later, it would remain a cultural touchstone spawning sequels, a television series, books, comics, and stuff.
Wisely, Cameron also knew when it was time to move on. Coaxed back for the sequel, he delivered a high-octane action thriller that also pushed the limits of movie technology as we marveled at some of the earliest CGI that had our collective jaws drop.
After the ownership got passed around like a bowl of potato chips, The Halcyon Company now controls the destiny of SkyNet and their progeny. Earlier this year, they offered up Terminator Salvation, moving the story to right after Judgment Day in 2018, but before someone thought to send Kyle Reese back in time. The fourth feature, therefore, is both a sequel »
- Robert Greenberger
Bruce Willis’ “Surrogates” may have had a good idea going in, but the result is … middling. To be sure, as with any big-budget sci-fi film, it’s enjoyable enough on a base level, but this isn’t a movie that people will be using to salute Bruce Willis when the “Die Hard” star signs off to visit that Big Hollywood Sky. It’s a vanilla effort, disappointingly so given all the talent (not to mention money) involved. Jonathan Mostow is a good director with a knack for action, but his work here feels restrained and muted. I’m not sure how much of the idea survived from the script by Michael Ferris and John D. Bracato, or from the original source material, a comic book by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, but what’s left is average at best, not-even-trying at worst. It is the future, and lifelike robotic surrogates have become commonplace. »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that they will release Terminator Salvation on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK from November 23rd. We have all of the info after the jump. Stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) ignite the battle between man and machine in the futuristic action epic Terminator Salvation, blasting its way onto Blu-ray and DVD on 23/11/09 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Terminator Salvation Blu-ray and DVD will arrive packed with spectacular bonus features, including "Re-Forging the Future," an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the film's production, "The Moto-Terminator," a featurette revealing how the film's visual effects crew and motorcycle manufacturer Ducati partnered to create the slick and deadly Moto-Terminators, plus eleven mini featurette focus points spotlighting how the ground-breaking special effects were created.
There hasn’t been much in the way of good all out sci-fi action this year. Star Trek was as much introduction as it was action, Terminator: Salvation disappointed, and Transformers… Well, lets not talk about Transformers. So, with District 9 as the only real intelligent contender, Surrogates came along at a good time to try and provide what had been missing this year.
Based on a little known comic, Surrogates starts off with a brief, and almost half-hearted montage of how science has created affordable ’surrogates’, and how they are now used by 95% of the population. The concept of the surrogate is simple. The user stays at home in a nice comfy chair, hooked-up to their ’surri’ via a neural link. They then live out their day via the highly advanced, idealised robot version of themselves. The robots are completely human looking, and very strong.
- Barry Steele
Sony’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” continued a strong run in its sophomore weekend at the box office with an estimated $24.6 million grossed from 2,951 venues. Film which features the voice talents of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, Mr. T and Bobb’e J. Thompson showed a mere 18% change in compared to last weekend’s $30.3 million take. Disappointing in second place with just $15 million was Touchstone Pictures’ “Surrogates” frontlined by Bruce Willis and including Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris Kodjoe and Ving Rhames. Science fiction actioner/thriller is helmed by Jonathan Mostow and adapted for the screen by Michael Ferris and John Brancato based on the novel from Top Shelf Comix' Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. Still, even with Willis in the lead, the film which opened in 2,951 locations averaged just $5,083 per theatre. »
The sci-fi–murder mystery hybrid Surrogates takes an intriguing idea — a future where people only interact through robot proxies — and kills it deader than its murderer’s brain-melted victims. This film from Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) melds bits of I, Robot, The Matrix, and Minority Report, but it excises all the intelligence and style of its predecessors in the mind-numbing process.
Surrogates begins with a lazy look back at its futuristic world’s history, beginning with the invention of surrogates by Canter (James Cromwell). Fast forward 13 years, and the technology created to help people in wheelchairs has now been adopted by 98% of the world’s population (apparently even the starving live their lives through a surrogate…). People rarely leave their homes, instead sending the surrogates out to work and play. While their real bodies molder in specially equipped easy chairs, they feel every sensation that their surrogates experience, »
Surrogates 2009, USA Directed by Jonathan Mostow Written by Michael Ferris, John D. Brancato, Robert Venditti (graphic novel), Brett Weldele (graphic novel) Starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames The idea of creating an imaginary persona as a replacement for reality is nothing new, at least for those of us who try to pick up 16-year-old girls on the Internet. But in the new science fiction film Surrogates, based upon the comic book by writer Robert Venditti and artist Brett Weldele, that concept is taken to its extreme. In the world of Surrogates, most of humanity remotely operates customizable androids instead of leaving the house. Not only are operators able to remain safely cocooned inside, but they can fulfill their fantasies by living life in whatever form they choose, from a buxom blonde to a cyber-punk with enough body-modifications to give those guys with the split dicks at BMEzine hard-ons. »
- Al Kratina
It’s been a great year for science fiction. From the fantastic reboot of Star Trek to the thoughtful District 9, can Surrogates rise from the questionable ether of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines director Jonathan Mostow and Catwoman scribes John Brancato and Michael Ferris? The answer is, without a doubt, a very confident “kinda.”
In the not too distance future, most of earth’s population will fold laundry, drop off the kids and do the horizontal jiggy through remote-controlled robots called surrogates. Humanoid in its appearance, the technology allows their human operators the safety and relaxation of knowing that they’re protected within the confines of their home while their better-looking extensions are taking care of business. Whatever business that is, is practically up to the operator.
Violent crime, class and race issues have been erased from daily lives along with other annoyances such as looking ugly and dealing with blemishes. »
- Erik Buckman
Photo: Touchstone Pictures All I can say is at least it is only 88 minutes long, because Surrogates is a film promising a high tech concept only to offer up a story so dumb the plot holes are evident from the opening moments and get worse and worse as the film goes on. Is there a possibility for this world to ever exist? I'm not sure if you are a pessimist or an optimist if you think it can, but I'm sitting here laughing at the balls it takes to even suggest it could... at least at the level presented here. After an opening montage introducing the audience to a future in which humans no longer walk the Earth and have decided it's best to stay at home in a Lazy Boy plugged into their prettier robotic surrogate, we are witness to a crime in which a »
- Brad Brevet
Surrogates Directed by: Jonathan Mostow Written by: Michael Ferris and John Brancato (screenplay), Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele (graphic novel) Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, James Cromwell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames, Boris Kodjoe It's been a pretty solid year for science-fiction films thus far, with movies like Moon, District 9 and Watchmen all raising the bar for thoughtful futuristic tales on the big screen in one way or another. While this is great news for moviegoers, it's unfortunate for a filmmaker who is trying to put together a big budget action/sci-fi flick later in the year that has any hope of measuring up. Case in point: Surrogates director Jonathan Mostow, who finds himself faced with the unenviable task of following all of the aforementioned films, in addition to a whole summer's worth of massive special effects blockbusters. On the one hand, he has the advantage of Mr. Bruce Willis in the lead role, »
We're intrigued by the premise of this Bruce Willis sci-fi pic, and even more intrigued now that it's shaping up as one of the most polarizing movies of 2009.
"Fans of actual sci-fi literature will probably enjoy this more than fans of slam-bang action. But at less than 90 minutes, it's not long enough to bore the haters too badly."
— Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"...a smart, speculative suspenser..."
— Todd McCarthy, Variety
"...a serviceable sci-fi thriller..."
"In this kind of industrial entertainment, particularly one that seems to be missing some connective narrative tissue, it's hard to know if the writers, John Brancato and Michael Ferris (working from the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele), or the director, Jonathan Mostow, can be credited or blamed for what's left on screen."
— Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Lame science fiction about synthetic people that lacks for logic and drama. »
- reelz reelz
We have two new clips in from Touchstone Pictures' Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris Kodjoe, James Francis Ginty, Michael Cudlitz with James Cromwell and Ving Rhames. Michael Ferris and John Brancato adapt the screenplay based on the novel from Top Shelf Comix' Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Max Handelman produce the film helmed by Jonathan Mostow. People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates—sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It’s an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don’t exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer »
We have a new featurette in from Touchstone Pictures' "Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris Kodjoe, James Francis Ginty, Michael Cudlitz with James Cromwell and Ving Rhames. Directed By: Jonathan Mostow Written By: Michael Ferris and John Brancato based on the novel from Top Shelf Comix' Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates—sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It’s an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don’t exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer (Bruce Willis) discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery »
See a second trailer from Touchstone Pictures' "The Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris Kodjoe, James Francis Ginty, Michael Cudlitz with James Cromwell and Ving Rhames. Jonathan Mostow directs from the writing by Michael Ferris and John Brancato based on the novel from Top Shelf Comix' Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman and Max Handelman produce. »
Check out new pics from Touchstone Pictures' "Surrogates," directed by Jonathan Mostow. Michael Ferris and John Brancato write based on the novel from Top Shelf Comix' Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Max Handelman produce. The film stars Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris Kodjoe, James Francis Ginty, Michael Cudlitz with James Cromwell and Ving Rhames. People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates—sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It’s an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don’t exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer (Bruce Willis) »
Labor Day weekend is coming up, and it's a holiday that marks the end of the summer movie season along with summer itself. All the kids are heading back to the classroom for another dreaded year of school and (for those in L.A. like myself) the weather starts to cool... hopefully. While fall usually isn't seen as a cinematic hotbed, with the blockbuster summer season over, there are still plenty of quality films to check out at the box office. This year we have Megan Fox's possessed body, a sensational animated film and a new zombie adventure. There's a lot more that I'm looking forward to this fall, so here is a comphrehensive look at what you can expect from this fall movie season.
The third installment in the XXX opus is on its way, and Columbia Pictures has hired Ericson Core to direct it. Titled XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, relative newcomer Core (Invincible) will need to be approved by Vin Diesel, though Core and Diesel have worked together previously on The Fast And the Furious where Core acted as cinematographer.
XXX director Rob Cohen was originally supposed to reunite with Diesel. When Cohen backed out to direct Medieval, he called the decision to leave "tough" and hoped the production would wait for him. Apparently, it hasn't.
The script for The Return of Xander Cage was written by Terminator Salvation writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris, and will follow Cage's return to the National Security Agency after an absence of eight years.
Link | Posted 9/1/2009 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
Vin Diesel will return as Xander Cage, an extreme sports athlete-turned-government agent. Rob Cohen directed the original "XXX," but both star and director decided to ignore the 2005 sequel, "XXX: State of the Union," which starred Ice Cube and was helmed by Lee Tamahori.
Cohen agreed to return as director last year, but dropped off and chose to work on "Medieval" instead.
The hiring of the new director must also get the approval from Diesel. The actor worked with Core before in the 2001 movie "The Fast and the Furious." Core was a cinematographer in that film.
Core made his directorial debut with the 2006 football flick "Invincible."
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