Better than I expected. While its true that like Terminator 3, Salvation doesn't carry the same balance of terrific drama and action as Terminator 1 and 2, and it is mostly replaced with large explosions, and only small parts of love and drama , but it still fits in this movie. While Terminator 3 can pretty much be summed up with three words "loud, dumb and obvious" Salvation can be summed up with "loud, little smarter, and not as obvious" "Salvation" is a squeal and a prequel, so i suggest you see the first two films before watching this, you won't be terribly lost if you don't see them, but at least you should see the first one because most of the references to the others are from that film. "Salvation" takes you to the year 2018, 14 years after the events of Terminator 3, and gives you a look at what life is after the events of Judgment Day. The film again takes the lead focus on the leader of the human resistance John Connor ( Christian Bale) Connor isn't the leader yet (that will probably be saved for the squeal) but he is at a high rank in the resistance. Troubled by other officers, whom don't know to beleive that the events of his life before judgment day really happened or not. Connor has to end up by making many decisions by himself and some of his followers.
Along with Christian Bale, the film has a great cast with Anton Yelchin, and Sam Worthington. Perhaps the worst part of this film is the plot. The story is filled with holes and things that are pretty simple. The story can be wrapped up like this "A war is going on, lets stop it, throw in some cool explosions and car chases" But over all the film is fun, fast passed and may even make you jump at some points. If your looking for smart drama action film like the first 2 you might be disappointed, but i don't think it will leave you thinking "I hate this film"