"Terminator" moves on without busy Schwarzenegger

Wed May 20, 2009 7:57pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger was too busy running California to save the world in the new "Terminator" movie.

The action hero turned California governor starred in the first three films in the blockbuster sci-fi trilogy, but top billing in "Terminator Salvation," which opens in U.S. theaters

on Thursday, goes to "Batman" star Christian Bale.

True to his catchphrase "I'll be back," Schwarzenegger did make a brief cameo, even though he never set foot on the movie's set. Through computer-generated special effects, his fearsome visage was taken from a previous movie and superimposed on a deadly Terminator robot.

Schwarzenegger may not be beloved by voters in California, which is battling a budget crisis, but the critics miss him.

"In Arnold's absence, an important ingredient of the 'Terminator' iconography -- namely, the fun factor -- is in short supply," said the Hollywood Reporter of the new film.

Added the Los Angeles Times, "On the plus side, 'Terminator Salvation' has lots of action. But it has no soul."

The film, directed by "Charlie's Angels" filmmaker Joseph Nichol, known in Hollywood as McG, takes viewers into a world shown only through fearful glimpses in the past three movies -- planet Earth in the wake of a nuclear holocaust.   Continued...

 
<p>Actor Christian Bale is shown in a scene from "Terminator Salvation" in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters May 20, 2009. True to his catchphrase "I'll be back," California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger did make a brief cameo, even though he never set foot on the movie's set. Through computer-generated special effects, his fearsome visage was taken from a previous movie and superimposed on a deadly Terminator robot. REUTERS/Richard Foreman/Warner Bros Pictures/Handout</p>