Is the Terminator-series surfing on Bale’s wave of success ?

Watching X-Men’s Origins: Wolverine the other day really brought back the doubt in me about long movie-series. Yesterday, Warner Bros. launched a 4-minute trailer for their upcoming summer blockbuster, Terminator Salvation. As with Wolverine, this movie will be the 4th installment of the Terminator series, and the previous one, T3: Rise of the Machines, with none other than governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, was a disaster.
Salvation stars Christian Bale, who has brought success to every single movie he starred in in the last 5 years. For those of you who may have been sleeping under a rock lately, here’s the list of movies he starred in. This leads me to ask myself: did the Terminator Salvation producers choose Bale because they knew their scenario was weak and Bale could sell the movie only with his name ? Let’s hope this is not true, but I think it definitely is a legitimate question.
After watching the 4-minute trailer (check out the HD version), I have to say the movie looks amazing. Christian Bale looks like he really fits his role of an older John Connor, and the special effects seem completely sick. But again, how many horrible movies have I seen which had kick-ass trailers ? I stopped counting those a long time ago.
Bale will also co-star with Johnny Depp in Michael Mann’s next movie, Public Enemies, a film about the American gangster scene in the 1930s. If had to make a bet, I’d say Public Enemies will get way better reviews, but won’t even get close to Terminator Salvation at the box office. We’ll have to see.


One response to “Is the Terminator-series surfing on Bale’s wave of success ?

  1. Personally I think that, at least judging from the ads, he fits the role better than anyone else I could think of, but to be completely honest it was probably a mix of the two reasons

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