The cast does their best with what they’re given and it’s nice to see Sigourney Weaver back in action quickly bringing to mind her turn as Ripley in the Alien series. Sam Worthington is given far more to do here than when we last saw him in another Cameron-related film, Terminator Salvation, where he was reduced to little more than the robot his character was.
Zoe Saldana improves on her fantastic debut in this past summer’s mega-hit, Star Trek, as Uhura. Bringing a huge sense of sexiness and danger as a fully computer-generated character shows just how far an actress can go in so little time. When we next see her kicking butt and taking names in next spring’s The Losers, I can only imagine how great she will be when she’s given a full action-oriented character.
This is a movie that demands to be seen on the big screen, exactly where James Cameron intended it to be seen. If you feel you must see it on your local IMAX screen then you may wind up shortchanging yourself as it was not filmed for IMAX so there’s no way it can look as spectacular as it does through digital projection.
Who knows if it will wind up being the biggest blockbuster of the year but so far it’s definitely on track to being at least one of them. While some over-sized, testicled, racist robots will probably come out on top, it’s nice to see a far better film come along to give it a run for its money. Welcome back, Cameron, your throne awaits its king’s return.
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