After the travesty that was Terminator 3, I had high hopes for Terminator Salvation. Would it be the salvation of the franchise or another cheesy rip-off looking to make a quick buck? Would the movie live up to the levels of previous "reboots" like Batman Begins and quality movies like Iron Man from years past or would be it be an abysmal pile of turd like X-Men 3 or X-Men Wolverine? I am usually not a big fan of previews that show most of the storyline so while I appreciated the teasers, the full previews were not so good as they seemed to show way too much. Well, the movie starts of with a long credits sequence and then settles into relatively non-stop action scenes and montages. Like Superman Returns and Star Trek, there are a LOT of "oh snap, that's from the previous movies" moments. In fact, much like Terminator 2, the story keeps building and continuously makes references to the original classic that we all grew to love. There are a couple of moments near the end which they could have done without but the overall character development, the homage moments and the role of Christian Bale's John Connor are very well fleshed out. There are few dead moments and, unlike Terminator 3, the classic theme music is relatively prevalent during key moments, just like in the original and Terminator 2. It's not the same kind of movie as Iron Man, which was fun-loving, or Star Trek, which had a lot of in-jokes. The movie is definitely more serious but, it's not quite as dark as Dark Knight. Personally, I wish it was, but I guess they are trying to appeal to a wider audience. 4/5 OSNN stars for the homage moments, acting and overall story/fun factor. It could have been better but, it stands on it's own merits.