Before going into the article, let me give you a heads up, I’m neither a fan, nor a hater of ‘The Terminator’ franchise. And it goes without saying, your views may not overlap with mine. So, let’s begin.
If some of you forgot how many Terminator movies are there, the answer is five. ‘The Terminator’ franchise started with a low-budget thriller film that introduced a very interesting and compelling story about a woman who is a target of a ruthless man from the future that turns up to be a cyborg. It was a simple yet good story and a good piece of science fiction. Why was it a good film? Well, for starters, the bad guy, i.e the terminator, according to Kyle Reese, doesn’t feel pain or pity, can’t be reasoned with, can’t be bargained with. It was the perfect killer, and almost invincible. So there you got all the elements of a good story.
Thereafter, things started spiraling down a bit. The following couple of movies managed the franchise from totally losing it’s plot, at least in my opinion. However, after the next couple of movies, according to certain fans and several of audience believe that the potential of the franchise is left unfulfilled. If you don’t mind me giving away the spoiler, it’s not a surprise that the first movie of the franchise will stand first if we rank all the movies. But where will the other movies stand? Read on to find out.
5. Terminator Salvation (2009)
While giant explosions and wildly intense action scenes are eclipsed by even larger sequences of mass destruction, the story of Terminator Salvation remains timidly simple. No tricky time travel finds its way into the plot, but perhaps such complexities are exactly what’s missing – the loss of interaction between something completely alien and the familiar conventions of our world coupled with the contrast of futuristic terror and the limited resources of present day leave a premise dull by comparison. Though it may be nearly impossible to match the integrity of the first two entries in the franchise, Salvation should realize that bigger sizes and quantities of killer robots doesn’t necessarily make them scarier.