Terminator 4: Salvation

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6.51 h 54 min2009X-RayPG-13
An army of Terminators roams the post-apocalyptic landscape, killing orcollecting humans where they hide. Connor must decide a stand againstthe onslaught and meet the enemy head on.
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Christian BaleSam WorthingtonAnton Yelchin
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Old School GamerReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
A worthy successor the first two and far better than the third.
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A lot of people seem to want to hate this film and I can understand that people are basing it off the great precident set forth by the first two films, but if you go into a movie with the expectation it will be bad than you will not be pleased no matter what you see on the screen. I love the first two films and consider them the only part of the franchise that contribute to the actual lore of the Terminator world created by James Cameron. This movie is the first movie that actually shows us the future that Sarah was so valiantly trying to prevent.

Let me start off by proposing something in terms of the storyline in this film. This film takes place, supposedly, before John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to save his mother and in effect concieve John. If this is the case, I do not think we should be seeing a fully developed leader in John Connor at this point, which we don't. Christian Bale gives a solid performance, despite his cold demeanor and lack of ability to control the situation, despite having his mother's advice. The movie is clearly the setup for at least one more film, possibly two(depending on the gross) and is a very good starting point.

The effects are just outstanding in the film, to say the least. I actually enjoyed very much that they started this film with the "lumbering hulk" T-800's as the primitive Terminators instead of jumping right into a realm of something much more advanced. If you're planning more films, you can't throw out your best material in the first film, you just can't, so I understand the logic. The HK's are great, but the best on-screen behemoth is by far the massive 4-5 story tall Termninator(I want to say they are called Chimera, or were in Cameron's versions possibly). I actually thought they did a pretty good job sending the impression of danger, especially thanks to the sound effects, and I felt like it was hopeless for anyone to escape the thing. The cinematography is quit gripping at certain points, such as the scene on the outskirts of a Resistance base that involves a burning treeline, a helicopter crash, and a nice scene done in a nearby pool of water. Even the scenes involving air combat are quite well done and do not go over the top at all, they run at a pace that is completelly realistic and exciting at the same time. The sets and imagery used for the film are all very well done I think, much moreso than a post-apocalyptic film like Resident Evil 3. They use a slight grain fliter in the camera work, but it is never overbearing. It is varied as well as shown in the final section of the film that takes place in an environment that is juxtaposed to the bleak wastelands that the Resistance calls home.

I think the main thing to consider in this film is the timeline in which it takes place. As odd as it is, this film presents less advanced technology in terms of the termninators and weapons used by the resistance than the first two, but I think it is done for continuity to keep with the idea that this is not yet the future where Connor is shown in T2.

There are certainly a couple of instances in the film that bugged me in terms of believablity, but they are minor enough for them to not ruin the rest of the film for me. The story could have been fleshed out somewhat more, but again, this isn't meant to be the endall of the franchise and I don't expect them to reinvent the wheel in terms of what the story actually is. There is a story in this film, and it is given to you in fair doses and paced well between action sequences. To say there is no story in the film is rather ignorant. Story is dilemma and John Connor most certinaly has a large Dilemma in the film. There can be no film without a story and this film is no different.

This film will please many action film lovers as it is a great one, but it is not just an "action film". It is what you make of it folks and I went in with an open mind and left the theater(as did my wife) loving the film for what it was. The film could never outdo T2, not many can, but this is a different time for filmmaking and it is done well within those confines. I am actually quite excited for the next film and hope they up the anty quite a bit in both story and visual effects, but only time will tell.
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RMurray847Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not much of a "reboot" of an old favorite of mine.
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It's not easy to review a film like TERMINATOR SALVATION. It's one of those movies that pretty much requires that you've seen the movies that came before, and certainly it helps if you liked or loved the earlier TERMINATOR saga.

I would say right off that bat that if you were lukewarm or worse about prior TERMINATORs...there is no reason to bother with SALVATION. It will not change your mind, unless you have a Christian Bale fixation, I guess. The film, which does have some strengths, will in no way change the mind of a doubter.

I'm a pretty big fan of the original trilogy, but not exactly a fan-boy either. I don't parse every action and I sure don't spend a great deal of time working out the time-travel inconsistencies. There are some in this film, just as one could argue there are in all the others. To me, it all boils down to whether a nearly all-powerful computer can also somehow see into the future. Whatever...I choose to go with it.

The original TERMINATOR, however dated the effects are now, is still a superlative sci-fi action film, with a near perfect mix of action, sci-fi "stuff", humor and romance. Michael Biehn made a great Reese, the hero sent from the future to save Sarah Connor, the destined-to-be-the-mother of John Connor, the human who will defeat Skynet, the aforementioned supercomputer. Arnold Schwartzeneggar is the Terminator sent by Skynet from the future to kill Sarah (Linda Hamilton). Arnold (Schwartzeneggar is simply too long to type over and over!) created his signature role, a part that fit his limited skills and his assets perfectly. Odd inflections worked for this robot covered in skin. A super-buff body also worked perfectly. It was an original and thoroughly enjoyable minor sci-fi masterpiece.

TERMINATOR 2 was a major sci-fi masterpiece. Not only did it introduce CGI to an astounded world, but it was one of the most thrilling action movies of all time...with a brainy plot, great action sequences, and a breathtaking performance from Linda Hamilton. She is still (along with Ripley from ALIEN, et. al.) THE great female action character. Arnold was a "nice" robot now, and he pulled off the part with near perfection. As limited as the man is as an actor, this role was crafted perfectly to him...and making him a hero also made him immensely appealing. This is a movie that even to this day, I can watch about every 2 years or so and still enjoy the heck out of.

TERMINATOR 3 shows the now nearly adult John Connor running from a new Terminator, with the assistance of a new Arnold. I know a lot of people really dislike the film, and it DOES feel moldy compared to the 2nd film. There's nothing too earthshattering to say with this film...yet I still enjoyed. There's a great car chase, featuring a fire truck. There's some important new things to learn about how Skynet "becomes aware." Arnold and Nick Stahl have some good scenes together, and even shiny-skinned Claire Danes is sympathetic and enjoyable. While the movie suffers in comparison to what came before, I still enjoyed it.

Now, many years later, SALVATION comes along. Some time has passed since Judgement Day, and now the human survivors are clinging to life amid the rubble of civilization. John Connor (Bale) is emerging a strong resistance leader, although not yet clearly the "savior" of mankind. He becomes aware that Skynet is out to get not only him, but young Reese (Anton Yelchin) as well, thus killing the boy who is soon to grow up to become his father. (Again, how does the computer know this BEFORE it has even happened?) As Connor works to find Reese and also a way to destroy Skynet...Reese is a somewhat incompetent resistance fighter living in "downtown" LA. He meets up with Marcus Wright (newcomer Sam Worthington), a man who is not all he thinks he is. (I won't say anymore about Wright's character...he's by far the most interesting and complex creation in this film.) Wright & Reese eventually join Connor, and they may join forces to fight Skynet.

The film features many fantastic visuals and some nicely staged action sequences. The movie was filmed in the deserts of New Mexico (including one car chase that was filmed less than half a mile from some land I'm building a house on!!), and the bleached filmstock used to capture the dryness of the desert gives the whole film an appropriately desolate feel. It's the best post-apocalyptic landscape since THE ROAD WARRIOR. Actions fans should enjoy the fun explosions set against such a bleak and lovely landscape.

Fans of character development and good acting will be left wanting. I've never been a big fan of Bale (except perhaps in AMERICAN PSYCHO). His Batman/Bruce Wayne leaves me very, very cold. To me he just seems smarmy...and I'm very tired of his gravelly voice. He doesn't give a performance in this film, as much as he tries to assert his presence. "Look, it's me...I'm charismatic," seems to be his attitude. Sam Worthington is far more interesting as Marcus Wright, and his scenes are the best, without a doubt...yet even he bounces from American to Australian accents without a care in the world. Anton Yelchin is far too lightweight for me to believe he will grow up to be the tough, sinewy Reese of the original TERMINATOR. Dallas Bryce Howard looks great (those eyes!) as Connor's wife, but has nothing to do. Helena Bonham Carter looks bored. Jane Alexander looks dewy-eyed and bored. Michael Ironsides (one of the greatest names for an actor ever!) is his usual monotone self.

The film simply fails to generate real suspense. It has moments of sound and fury...but the story has no compelling arch and leaves no feeling of anticipation to see what happens next. We seldom worry for a character...and we should be worried, because circumstances are bleak.

When the movie was over, I had not one single glimmering of "can't wait for the next one," even though it's clear they plan to make another sequel (or two, I've heard).

It's not a dreadful movie, but where the first 2 TERMINATORs broke new ground in their genre, SALVATION feels like a half-hearted creative effort, at best.

(PS: You may have heard that Arnold makes an appearance. Let me just say that if you've seen Patrick Stewart in WOLVERINE or know what the makers of GLADIATOR did with Oliver Reed after his death, then you get some idea of the value of Arnold's "appearance" here.)
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WoopakReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
3 ½- Stars: Great Sci-Fi Action Film But Too Inconsistent to Previous "Terminator" MYTHOS
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Hollywood has a habit of rebooting successful franchises, and it seems like the next one on the list is James Cameron's "Terminator" franchise. I have always wondered how the futuristic apocalyptic world of this sci-fi franchise would look like and as to how humans are able to survive and keep a "resistance". Having the rare distinction of being both a prequel and a sequel, "TERMINATOR SALVATION" attempts to give us that vision. The film pretty much takes off after where Jonathan Mostow's underappreciated "Rise of the Machines" and takes place many years after Cameron's original.

2018. John Connor (Christian Bale) is an tired soldier in a war against the killing machine-hordes of Skynet. Using tapes left behind by his deceased mother Sarah Connor (voiced by Linda Hamilton), he tries to piece together clues to their future and how everything is tied to the past. Some people see John as some prophet, and he has managed to gain the confidence of many soldiers, including a teenager named John Reese (Anton Yelchin) who is also John's father. After a skirmish between the resistance fighters and machines in a desolate area, a man named Marcus (Sam Worthington) is freed. He was a ruthless killer executed sometime ago, and who has now regained consciousness. Wandering in the wasteland which was formerly L.A., Marcus befriends Kyle who points him to the direction of the resistance movement. Kyle becomes captured and marked for execution, as Marcus meets John Connor. But Marcus is a lot more than he seems to be, and the fate of humanity is now at risk.

The Terminator franchise is a series that is essentially an action-packed chase film that was thrilling, and manages to expose the heart of human drama in the face of a potentially horrific future. It was brilliantly simple, its creator James Cameron and then director Jonathan Mostow's renditions carried the same scent and mechanics. Well, this time around, director McG, is a odd choice since his less than impressive resume includes the abysmal "Charlie's Angels". The world of 2018, is not too much to be understood as it is to be experienced. "Terminator Salvation" chronicles man's fight for survival ruled by machines and intelligent computers. The direction is very uneven and presents a lot of inconsistencies in its existing groundwork. What's more, the film relies on the impression that whoever would be watching this film is a fan, as it abandons a lot of characterization.

The moody and brooding monochromatic world of "Salvation", is something different from Cameron's set groundwork of night executed guerilla warfare, where humans are left in the underground on the brink of extinction. Keep in mind that this film occurs in the early days of the resistance (the early models of the T-600) and this time around, there are quite a good number of survivors in this dried up barren world. The screenplay by John Brancato and Michael Ferris is very inconsistent and proves to be a little too hollow. (Not surprising, since these two are responsible for "Catwoman") The script introduces certain aspects, that seem quite viable but then abandoned. The script felt a little too rushed and lacked a careful methodical approach. It seemed like they were relying on the audience to fill in the plot gaps, such as why the machines were taking prisoners, or as to how the resistance seem to be well-supplied in armament and provisions--they have aircraft and submarines. It would have been easy to give subtle hints that humans are needed as slaves to maintain the machines or to use their organic skin for the newer T-800 models, and that the supplies were stolen, that there were military lines of communication left in the world; But none of these were brought into exposition. I thought Cameron's world gave the impression that humanity was all but wiped out, with very few survivors. The direction relies on the audiences to find explanations, and leaves us to our assumptions. A little effort in plot details and characterization would've helped. The direction exhibited ignorance to this successful sci-fi franchise.

The film is also promoted as a film about John Connor but it carried a more steady diet on Marcus and even borrows elements from "Ghost in the Shell" and maybe even the "Matrix". The concept of what makes a human is quite interesting, but it was a little unnecessary. Marcus was human to begin with, despite his alterations to machine parts. He has his own organic parts, and still has the human essentials. The idea of him becoming a `sleeper' terminator carries little merit as a machine who thinks himself human. In this installment, the machines have risen to the point as being more interesting than their human counterparts. What's more, McG never fleshes out the idea of the duality of man and machine, the potential combustive merging of man and machine, Marcus' character would've been interesting if guided by more competent direction. Bale takes a backseat to Worthington and the Connor character was almost left with nothing but to play a supporting role. The cast is a little uneven, but I cannot really blame them given the small things they had to work with. I was real pleased to see Moon Bloodgood, she was a sight for sore eyes.

Amid all the plot mistakes and blunders, McG attempts to flood our minds with explosions and very cool scenes of battle. Yes, the film does have a good number of "Man Vs. Machine" confrontations. The machines this time around looked very inventive, as to how they mimic common military strategies and firepower. There are terminator motorbikes (idea probably taken from "Robotech"), a huge tank-like robot ( which looked like a refugee from Michael Bay`s "Transformers"), a carrier aircraft, and we see glimpses of the T-600, the slow earlier generation terminator. Oh, we also get to see the newer generation T-800 and a CGI-generated "Anuld" makes a short appearance. The battle scenes are cool to watch but they are hardly epic, since they are too short and barely carried any emotional impact. Still, the action sequences were thrilling enough and may be enough to give the movie hyper-kinetic momentum, to compensate for the clumsy storytelling.

Now, is "Terminator Salvation" worthy of a nod from Cameron? Well, probably not. The film's storytelling is clumsy and uninspired, the film doesn't carry the same metal scent in the other previous films of the franchise. But for a fan of the franchise as I am, I was willing to forgive its shortcomings. At least the franchise is given new life, since I am very disappointed that "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" was recently confirmed as cancelled.

Recommended! very timidly. [3 ½- Stars]
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C. LoescherReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointment For the Longtime Fan...
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In the future, John Connor leads the human resistance against Skynet, a worldwide force of sentient machines hell-bent on destroying mankind, whom are viewed as mortal enemies. In The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the title role, as a cyborg who has been sent back in time to kill John's mother Sarah Connor; it is believed that eliminating Sarah would prevent John from being born and allow the machines to "win." A man named Kyle Reese is also sent back, by the humans, to protect Sarah; he succeeds, hence Skynet's attempt fails, and we find out that Kyle ends up being the father of the unborn John Connor. Terminator 2: Judgement Day focuses on another killing machine, the T-1000, as it is sent back in time to kill John himself as a child, to fulfill the same purpose. Yet again, the machines are met with failure.
Way back when I saw Terminator 2 for the first time, I remember thinking that the storyline was one of the coolest in any of the movies I had seen. That was over 12 years ago, when I hadn't seen many movies to begin with. Even today, T2 stands as one of the best ever; the action, acting, music, and even special effects stand the test of time and still blow me away every instance I watch. The Terminator, which I saw very soon after, filled in all the gaps and then some to a franchise that haunts me to this day. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines seems to be widely regarded as a critical failure and misstep in the series, a mockery of everything T1 had foretold and T2 had knocked out of the park: the antics of an aged Arnold Schwarzenegger, a "Terminatrix," and a seemingly bad choice of actor for John Connor's character. I couldn't disagree more; Arnie once again rocked, Nick Stahl pulled off a wonderfully believable John Connor, and the twist ending in my mind made for a more than worthy addition to one of my all-time favorite movie series. And then there was the sadly now-defunct Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, also berated by many fans. I thought it was genius in every regard. If you couldn't tell, I'm a rabid Terminator fan.
Fast forward to 2009, where director McG has unleashed Terminator Salvation upon the world. I had been looking forward to this film for many months, not only because it's another Terminator movie, but because McG had a trump card: Christian Bale of recent Batman fame as survivalist John Connor. I was absolutely certain that both of these beloved factors combined would make for yet another masterpiece that would be treasured in the Terminator collection. And days after I've seen it, I'm still not ready to determine whether or not it belongs there.
The Terminator series, in my mind, were always more than just action movies. They were foreboding, horrifying windows into the potential dangers of technology and nuclear war. The state of the planet after Judgement Day, the machine-initiated nuclear attack, as illustrated by James Cameron in T1 and T2, was dark, menacing, bleak, and felt frightfully real. Terminator Salvation changes that, not necessarily on purpose, but because the film feels like a repackaging of the first two, wrapped in the pretty red bow of current action movie pap all too common in today's world of short attention spans. Salvation focuses on two main things: John Connor trying to find and save the life of Kyle Reese (who turns out to be his father), and on a man named Marcus who wants revenge on the machines for very different reasons.
Fortunately, Salvation does do one thing very well: keep the viewer on the edge of their seat with tons of action sequences and great special effects. Those expecting another deep, existential, philosophical twist relating to the Terminator mythology however, will be disappointed. This is really the paradoxical thing about Terminator Salvation: I honestly did enjoy the movie. But I can't seem to lump it with the other Terminator movies. Maybe it's Christian Bale, whom I worship; he just plain and simple is not a good John Connor. He acts his tail off, but I can't help but feel that he was brought on board for "star power." Maybe it's McG's illustration of the state of the planet; post-Judgement Day is that of a desert wasteland, akin to the most recent movie outages of Resident Evil and Final Fantasy instead of the perpetual blackness and skull-ridden world of James Cameron. Maybe it's the lack of emotive or relatable music short of the five-beat drum pattern synonymous with the Terminator series. The whole thing feels, well, like someone did a Terminator movie just to do a Terminator movie.
Those willing to overlook these nuances, though, are in for a treat. Ripe with action, Salvation rarely lets the action movie reigns loose. Vehicle chases, gun battles, and Terminator versus human hand-to-hand all brings the action part of the movie full circle. Every turn is met with another shootout, another violent combat sequence, or another explosion. The introduction of Marcus's character is a good one, too, adding somewhat of a branch to Connor's ongoing focus, and towards the end of the movie, secrets are revealed relating to Marcus's character that I found quite interesting. In a risky move, as opposed to the other Terminator movies, Bale's Connor is a full-fledged military leader, both giving orders and taking them, and participates in several action scenes, including the long, final one that also includes a surprise cameo.
As a stand-alone action movie, Terminator Salvation is quite good, but will let down the longtime franchise fan. You'll be entertained, as long as you don't want to leave thinking about where the series will go next. As for me, I'd just as soon watch another season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, ponder the events surrounding Judgement Day, and out of the corner of my eye see Terminator Salvation sticking out of my DVD collection waiting for a rainy day.
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Richard A. TuckerReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
better without elevated expectations
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The film opened a little on the muddy side. A convicted murderer is signing his corpse away to a dying woman representing Skynet.
Huh?
From there it goes uphill in a grim and unrelentingly violent way, if "uphill" is really an accurate description.
Despite all the fighting, explosions, gunfire and murdering terminators the core of this film defies the standard blockbuster. Many viewers appear to be disappointed that Christian Bale isn't a bigger personality on screen. I think he's perfect for the role because his charisma is not so much in your face but that of a determined man who, through his actions and evident intellect, earns the respect of the other field soldiers. He's like a grimacing dead man who holds THE secret. Sam Worthington's character is the reluctant heart of the film. He's the human being seemingly in spite of himself.

Going into this film I decided to lower my expectations to stave off any serious disappointment.
That attitude seemed warranted but I slowly found myself enjoying the film, appreciating the story as it unfolded. This film shows remaining humanity from a diverse perspective even as bleak as life is. From those fighting the good fight but being beaten down by the unrelenting machines (some hanging on by their fingernails against all odds) to self-exiled scavengers and even a few genuine miscreants, living on the edge of humanity, all are bent on surviving by their wits (or what little they have).
This can also be seen as a coming of age film as Conner discovers that trust in other humans may be the key to all their salvation, hence the title of the film. That trust was earned the hard way and there was still considerable reluctance. Desperate times....

What's refreshing is that the film doesn't rely too much on Bale to carry the film. Bale clearly sublimates his star status to be a fictional but also more realistic icon, a catalyst for hope without being the sole focus of the story. That was a smart move on the part of the director even if it pretty much eliminates any chance of this being a summer hit. Instead it's a good film with a good story, better than average acting and a solid re-establishing effort to bring the series back to square one, and actually before square one. The supporting cast was pretty impressive. The FX are very good, somewhat overwhelming but that establishes what the resistance is up against.
The finale was not overtly moving, or even remotely schmaltzy. It was effective and inspiring.
Best of all is the way I keep thinking about this film even as I forget I saw Star Trek.
This is not an Academy Award nominee but it is a solid film that's being beaten up because it had an unexpectedly layered story and a star who decided to be an actor instead.
As always, if you want any chance to enjoy something leave any and all expectations at the door.
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Launcher SpiderReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I won't convolute this review for Terminator Salvation with my opinions about the other films in the series, the Terminator mythology, or what have you; I'll simply say that - even as a stand alone film - Terminator Salvation... is very good. Sure, it's driven, to a degree, by special effects and action with choice little bits tossed to long-time fans, but I found it to be an entertaining, well-made film. And the story is good also. Foretold leader of the resistance against the machines John Connor (Christian Bale) is NOT the main character; though his role is not insignificant (or poorly acted, in my opinion). The film focuses more on the newly-introduced character Marcus Wright (as portrayed by Sam Worthington); whose part in the film serves as an interesting standard for comparison against the John Connor that survived Judgement Day and has seen war. I'd say Terminator Salvation is not about metallic, single-minded killing machines, great action, or obligatory explosions; though it certainly is not lacking in these things. It's ultimately a story about moral responsibility, strength of character, and - humanity. These subjects play out from the perspective of Marcus as well as Connor, and neither character comes off as one-dimensional.

Really I'm making more of an attempt to avoid spoiling the film than I am to exaggerate its themes; it is, boiled down to basics, a solid action film fueled by great special effects. The "Terminator" is still a unique and frightening "movie monster," and John Connor is a brave man struggling against seemingly impossible odds. Add to the mix Marcus Wright, a man with a shameful past and an unexpected second chance, and you have a worthwhile film with characters in which you want to believe and follow throughout the course of the storyline. Yes, I've been fairly vague, but I encourage anyone that has so much as even considered seeing the film to give it a chance. And anyone who just plain appreciates well-done action, movie magic, or creepy human-exterminating robots from the future (I know I do) shouldn't pass up Terminator Salvation either.

Now that I've done my best to make a case for this movie, I'll address something else: with the blu-ray version (I can not speak for the DVD version) you get both the PG-13 theatrical version of the film and the R-rated "director's cut." Having watched both, I'll say that the PG-13 version isn't really less-satisfying, and the R-rated version didn't seem to add so much "adult" content as to even warrant the upped rating. I'd say that all three of the previous Terminator films were bloodier. Of course, this film (unlike its predecessors) is more action than thriller, so it makes sense. And the "worst" thing added to the R-rated version of Salvation is some brief (and not especially showy) female nudity.
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RachelReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not the traditional Terminator...but great anyway
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(**Contains minor spoilers**)

First off, this is not Arnold's Terminator. If you're expecting the same thing as the first three, you'll be disappointed by this movie. Nor is it a serious philosophical work. It is simply a continuation of the first three, from a somewhat different -- but not contradictory -- light.

The story follows John Connor and Marucs Wright, two very different individuals whose fates nonetheless seem intertwined. Connor leads a raid against one of Skynet's prisoner-holding facilities; in the process, many die. Connor makes it out alive, but so does someone else...Wright, who was being held in the facility, emerges a few minutes after Connor is extricated. Thus begins a long, twisted path on which both men embark. Along the way, they find themselves on the same team -- often doubting the other's intentions -- and yet at odds when the dark secret of Wright's resurrection -- after his execution before Judgment Day -- comes to light.

Meanwhile, they learn that Skynet is using them both to ensnare Connor as well as Kyle Reese, in order to manipulate history in their own favor; at the same time, Skynet is manipulating the Resistance itself, offering up a sort of "Trojan Horse" in order to take out high command.

There are many twists and turns along the rocky road to "Salvation" -- personal, and of the Resistance -- but both men make the journey. In the end, one will sacrifice all to give the other a chance at life.

Now, aside from my brief retelling (trying not to give away too much), my opinion. It's very well done, and highly enjoyable, to me at least. Obviously, there are many who disagree. But I enjoyed the twists and turns, and actually saw the movie several times while it was playing at my local theater. Would I recommend seeing it before you buy it? Yes, if for no other reason because so many are so disappointed in it. I, however, think it is one of the best, if not the best, in the series -- certainly better than 2 and 3 imho. Keep in mind that my parents were from the generation that saw and loved the first two in theaters, and I'm not; and, frankly, I don't know how much my Dad -- who loved the first -- would care for this one. I approach this having seen the first two around when T3 (which I wasn't terribly fond of) came out.

Also, this is best seen more than once to make certain that you catch everything; for a "light" movie (which it certainly is), it tends to jump about, and make sudden detours. Not unpleasantly, to me at least, but there it is. My advice? See it with an open mind, and don't expect a masterpiece. If you do, you might like it; I personally thought it was awesome.
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Debjyoti GuhaReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Start.......For A New Trilogy
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Yet again we see one more movie from the Terminator Franchise. Ever since the first Teaser Trailer for Salvation was launched, I had been excited for this movie. Recently there had been very big speculation with this particular Movie, especially by the Critics World. I was surprised to see this movie getting whacked so much by the critics at [...] I have seen this movie at last and I can say this Movie deserved much more than what it received at Rotten Tomatoes. There is no doubt Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the best among the series. But this movie was better than T3: Rise of Machines.

When McG signed up for this movie I had been apprehensive because honestly, I hated Charlie's Angels. Terminator Salvation is a new beginning, so we should not compare with its predecessor. There is no time travel and of course no mission for hunting down the members of the Connors. High point of this movie is its action; it has been a long time since I had seen action like this. Special Effects incorporated are top notch. As far as character development is concerned... there are some places where certain elements are missing. Considering this as the start of the trilogy this can be forgiven. I hope this will be dealt with other upcoming series. Columnists have complained that Christian Bale was cold as John Connor. I can say that when the central character has been subjected to so many years of war, we can always expect to hope for less sentiment as that happens in today's reality. Terminator Salvation gyrates round the Character of Marcus Wright (Very well portrayed by Sam Worthington) & Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin). This movie was meant to be action oriented so as to show us the apocalyptic world post judgment day. Apart from the stunning cinematography Danny Elfman's music gives us an edgy metallic score.

Since so many reviews have already given out the plot details of 'Salvation' I will not be writing it as it ruins the anticipation. Finished with that, closing notes will be every one should see this movie with an open mind rather than having a downbeat feeling for not having Arnold or 'Hasta la Vista, baby'

Note: Recently I heard that there might be some forty minutes of edited footage for the upcoming Terminator Salvation DVD. Expectantly it might give us some more details.
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