Ok, in each area, this movie either excelled or bombed.
On the plus side, the atmosphere was perfect. The harsh white sunlight on the grimy, post-apocalyptic wasteland conveyed the idea of a hopeful future despite the circumstances. The acting was decent: Bale, Worthington, and Yelchin were very convincing in their roles and came across great. The Arnold cameo was cool and not too over done.
The action was brilliant. Can't ask for much better than cool ass machines like those battling humans across a scorched world.
On the downside, I could have sailed a goddamned aircraft carrier through the plot holes.
Everyone acted illogically almost all the time. Blair (who was a pointless character only there for the boob factor) acted like a freaking teenager instead of battle-hardened post apocalyptic warrior when dealing with Marcus, Conner was paranoid and delusional (though in a way, that had an appeal), Skynet seemed to build it's inner workings to accommodate humans rather than it's machine self, and made many bizarre mistakes as well. Even the humanoid aspect of the terminators was something you'd think they'd do in 50's film, not now. I mean, specialized terminators who impersonate humans is one thing, but Skynet seemed to be grossly anthropomorphized.
Am I the only one who wondered why Skynet, after all this long term planning and brilliance managed to only throw ONE terminator at Connor and Marcus at the end??
The scene between Blair and Marcus after he saved her from the thugs was retarded.
'I'm a bad man.'
'No, you just don't know you're good.'
Please. I facepalmed through that entire part.
Also, Marcus giving his heart at the end was weird too. Firstly, wat? Secondly, How the hell can post-apocalyptic survivors to do double open heart surgery and organ transplantation in the field like that. It was just bizarre.
Also, what the hell is up with the whole, 'He's part machine, so he's definitely a tool of evil' thing? Having a badass over 9000 pacemaker doesn't make you a sub-human. He removed the control chip, so give the dude a break.
Worth the watch, but only for the action and atmosphere, not the plot.