Terminator Salvation

2009

Terminator Salvation

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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

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Audience Reviews for Terminator Salvation

  • Apr 17, 2015
    I know that even amongst the rocky track record of the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation is not especially well-liked. I've always been a little bit of an outlier when it came to this series though; like everyone else, I know the first two are the only great ones, but to me, it's actually not T2 that stands at the top of the pile, but The Terminator, the first film. And since that first film, we've copped 5 new runs at a Terminator movie. Out of all 5 of them, Salvation is the only one that tried something different from the first one. Even the lofty success of T2 was garnered using the same core concept as the original movie. Salvation hits something new, and while that obviously doesn't work for a lot of its audience, for me, it's the best movie outside of the first two that the franchise has made to date.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    Just the helicopter crash alone warrants a higher score than the critics gave it. It lacks the brilliance of the first two, but is much more entertaining than Rise of the Machines.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2012
    What did I just watch??? It had many changes that were unnecessary and lost the foundation to the previous films, still, the film managed to have some interesting new ideas like robotic snakes. Lots of the newly introduced characters seemed forceful, casting was weird, the post apocalytic world seemed unrealistic, script was badly. Tried to add a few laughter but failed miserably. An utter disappointment for Christian Bale's career.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2012
    With more violence and gratuitous nudity, the Director's Cut of Terminator Salvation weakens the film and exasperates its problems. The added scenes convolute the story even more and make the characters less likable. The changes by McG really only serve to heighten the underlining flaws with the script: Skynet's plan is nonsensical and the character development is poor. Furthermore, none of the action scenes are markedly improved, and the action and special effects are pretty much all that the film has going for it. Terminator Salvation: Director's Cut is an unnecessary edition of a film that's heavily flawed to begin with.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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