How to make the perfect movie franchise

As promised 25 years ago the terminator is back. This time, inTerminator Salvation, aka Terminator 4, it’s the turn of Christian Bale to play John Connor, the leader of a rag-tag bunch of humans who battle a mighty machine army in a post-apocalyptic future world. It’s a preposterous if entertaining spectacle, full of explosions, bullet-ridden set pieces and corny one-liners (yes, Bale does get to say: “I’ll be back!”). But it’s also emblematic of the type of movie — the bigbudget franchise — that has come to dominate the Hollywood horizon.

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