Terminator Salvation

2009

Terminator Salvation

Critics Consensus

With storytelling as robotic as the film's iconic villains, Terminator Salvation offers plenty of great effects but lacks the heart of the original films.

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The fourth installment of the Terminator series follows an adult John Connor (played by Christian Bale) as he attempts to organize a human resistance force which could prove to be mankind's last true hope in the war against the machines. Opening in the year 2018, Terminator Salvation finds John Connor's certainty about the future shaken by the sudden appearance of a mysterious stranger named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), whose last memory is of sitting on death row and awaiting execution. Unable to determine whether Marcus was sent from the future or rescued from the past, Connor begins to wonder whether there is still any hope left for the human race as the robots grow more powerful and aggressive than ever before. It appears that Skynet is preparing a devastating final attack designed to eliminate the human resistance once and for all, leaving Connor and Marcus with no choice but to strike back at the cybernetic heart of Skynet's operations. Once there, the two battle-scarred soldiers discover a devastating secret regarding the potential annihilation of all humankind. Anton Yelchin fills Michael Biehn's shoes as a young Kyle Reese in the first installment of a planned Terminator trilogy from director McG (Charlie's Angels). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Terminator Salvation

All Critics (275) | Top Critics (52)

  • Missing is Cameron's signature action modification, best exploited in Aliens: the strapping female heroine. McG's testosterone-juiced world feels a little doomed without her.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It brings me very little joy to report that this version of the popular Terminator franchise is silly, obtuse, and pointless.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

    Film.com
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  • A shambolic, deafening, intelligence-insulting mess, a crushing failure on almost all counts.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Who cares what it means? Just make it loud. This is the way the series ends, not with a whimper but a bang. Except that it will probably go on, a shade of its former glory.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's easy to see why Bale was attracted to this role, but this often fascinating actor gives one of his least interesting performances.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Terminator Salvation looks, sounds and tastes like a 2.50 fairground ride. There is nothing human about it. McG feeds you the sort of thrills that can be had on Clacton pier.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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