Story: After a mystery malfunction on a space station, a band of elite soldiers are dispatched to get the situation back under control, with disastrous results. One of the humanoid robots on the station has gone haywire, which is bad news, since the robotic creations are more than capable of massive violence, if a severe glitch happens. As if one killer robot wasn’t bad enough, the signal winds up being sent to all the other robots, including those back on Earth. Soon enough, a wave of chaos is unleashed and casualties, panic, and destruction abound. A military push to shut down the robots includes a powerful nuclear blast, which proves to be ineffective in ending the crisis. With no answers in sight and the survivors gathered in small pockets of people, can anyone stop the infinite march of death?
Entertainment Value: This is of course another mockbuster from the folks at The Asylum, hoping to lure in Terminator series fans with similar robots and a much, much lower budget. The story is fine as far as setting up the robot clash, but there isn’t much depth or any kind of memorable narrative touches, so just focus on the bloodshed and killer robots in this case. I have a soft spot for these low rent, cheese soaked Asylum pictures, but I have to admit, I couldn’t find much to latch onto here, as The Terminators struggles to find the charm or camp of some of its peers. The pace is a touch slow, but there’s a good amount of action, even if it is repetitive and beyond cheap in scale. As expected from an Asylum project, the visual effects are atrocious and that can sometimes be fun, but there just isn’t the knowing humor here, which shifts the tone. In other words, this one just seems like a bad movie, rather than one that is so bad, it winds up being a ridiculous, fun ride. One positive is the higher than expected blood volume, but the action is forgettable, the cast is forgettable, and the experience overall is pretty forgettable, so I can’t give this one a recommendation.
The star power of The Terminators rests with Jeremy London, which is passable, but I think a more ensemble cast of b movie players might have worked better. London doesn’t seem interested or enthused in the production whatsoever, going through the motions more or less here. Of course, the material is not good and I am sure that isn’t motivating as a performer, but The Asylum can often find performers who can make the most of the lackluster source material provided. London phones it in and isn’t awful, but his turn leaves little impression and certainly falls short of some of the wildly entertaining b movie stars that have gone for broke in these wacky pictures. The rest of the cast is just as unremarkable, just without the little burst of star power London offers. The cast also includes A. Martinez, Paul Logan, Lauren Walsh, an Sara Tomko.
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