Terminator 4: Salvation

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.
Christian BaleSam WorthingtonAnton Yelchin
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Moon BloodgoodBryce Dallas HowardCommonJane AlexanderHelena Bonham CarterMichael IronsideJadagrace Berry
Moritz BormanJeffrey SilverVictor KubicekDerek Anderson
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TechnoMachinima1996Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This chapter thankfully got this franchise right back on track.
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As much as I have been one huge fan as I have always been of Terminator's 1&2 from my childhood and beyond and as much of a complete and utter trainwreck I have always found Terminator 3 to be( and I always will) I was very uncertain as to what to expect with this one and what's more that all of the greatness or close of the first 2 would be all that this franchise would have to give me, even after being wowed by the trailer my worry was still present. Well when this movie came out I ran to the theaters to see how this one would play out all the same and thankfully with this chapter in terms of action, special effects, characterization, and new things to bring to the series this chapter had plenty to offer. Furthermore, 10 years have passed and for me this movie still holds up.

The actors were clearly well selected. Christian Bale was intense, believable and stayed completely in character as major resistance fighter John Connor. The late Anton Yelchin was excellent as teenage Kyle Reese. Cute little newcomer Jadagrace was good as Star. Michael Ironside was his usual intense take-no-prisoners type as Ashdown. Common did well in his bit part as Barnes. Sam Worthington put in one instant trademark performance as half human half Terminator Marcus Wright. Finally, Moon Bloodgood was great, courageous, gorgeous, and really hot as Blair Williams.

The action is no-holds-barred taut, intense, and highly exhilarating. I especially loved such action scenes as the one where Marcus Wright and Kyle Reese take one highly action packed road fight against Moto-Terminators and a spy droid. Another exciting and explosive action sequence is this battle that they have with this giant robot that aims it's cannons and blows away any resistance fighter that attempts to escape and grabs with its robot hands and takes prisoner those that are close by.
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Smart MonkeyReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
2-disc special edition director's cut is a scam
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2-disc special editions sure do cover a broad range of quality levels. At one end of the spectrum, you have releases where disc 1 includes both the theatrical and alternate cuts of the movie, and the bonus features on the second disc have a combined running time longer than than of the movie itself. The T2 Ultimate and Extreme Editions are like that. At the other end of the spectrum, you have releases where the first disc only offers one cut of the movie and the second disc is literally nothing but the "digital copy" (which is a poor choice of words since all DVD copies are digital but that's a rant for another day). The 2-disc Special Edition Director's Cut of Terminator Salvation falls between the two extremes, but is definitely closer to being in the latter category. The first disc contains ONLY the R-rated Director's Cut. It does not use seamless branching and it does not have an option to see the theatrical cut. The second disc contains a single 19-minute featurette that feels more like an extended commercial than a proper making-of documentary, and four smaller video clips that run 2-3 minutes each. All together, there's about a half-hour of material on the second disc.

That's what you're getting. One cut of the movie and a half-hour of bonus material, most of which feels like a long commercial. Bit of a ripoff.

As for the movie itself... well, you can read the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes. Short version, it's not good, and Moon Bloodgood's topless scene in the Director's Cut doesn't save or even improve it.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good sci-fi action with one of the few original stories in the Terminator franchise
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Salvation stands out from the entire Terminator series for a number of reasons. First of all it doesn’t take place in the present but in a post-apocalyptic future where John Connor/Christian Bale and the resistance is fighting for their lives against the machines. Second it doesn’t include Arnold Schwarzenegger. Third, out of the 6 films in the series this is only the third one with an original story.

It’s not a bad sci-fi film. There’s plenty of action. There are a lot of different terminator variants you don’t see in any of the other movies. It’s not as good as the best in the series but about the same as the later ones which were all variations of the first two releases.
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AshleyLVMTReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie with a few flaws
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I like the Terminator movies pretty well. This movie is definitely better than the 3rd, which I didn't really care for.
I really enjoyed Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, he is a really good actor. Sam Worthington is a decent actor with one caveat: his accent. The man cannot hold an American accent to save his life. I found his dialogue very distracting. The second thing that bothered me was the ending. Like they could really pull off a heart transplant under those conditions. I know movies require a degree of suspended disbelief but the ending actually made me laugh out loud at how ridiculous it was. Aside from those two things I found this movie pretty entertaining and would recommend it to anyone who likes the Terminator franchise, or action/sci-fi films in general.
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G. D. WilliamsReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Terminator Salvation (Two-Disc Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
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Sam Worthington did an outstanding job as Marcus Wright, the convicted murderer who is given a second chance by the dying Dr. Serena Kogan in 2003. However, Marcus's second chance begins in 2018 when he is awakened or freed from his Skynet cell for a special mission.

Of course Marcus is unaware of his true, altered self and his deadly mission programmed into his brain by Skynet. As the film evolves, the concept of what is truly human is examined in intricate detail.

Michael Ironside as General Ashdown gave another stellar performance as the war-weary commander who wanted to end Skynet once and for all with an all out assault with a secret weapon. Ironside always delivers a memorable character.

Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, the most wanted man on the Skynet world, and his young apprentice, Star played brilliantly by Jadagrace added a nice touch to this CGI laden film. You could say Star saves the day at the end of the film.

There were a few new twists to the story which this film explored. The scene in the manufacturing facility where John Connor is searching for Kyle was a surprise for fans of the first three films. This was well done.

Overall, the film is a good story told well and the CGI is well integrated into the human interaction. The ending is not as surprising as intended since one could have surmised what the second chance motif actually meant throughout the film.

The $200 million feature made over $371 million worldwide. Terminator 5 will see Arnold Schwarzenegger "in the flesh".
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Cali in the valleyReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
fun action and glimpse into a world with the machines
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I know a lot of people didn't like this movie but I found it enjoyable. I wanted to see a movie during the actual war with the machines. With 1, 2, 3, they were all during different time periods to prevent the war. This showed us what happened during the war. Yes, there are inconsistencies come on now look at the X-men series when your dealing with time alternates this is going to happen but overall this was super fun. I liked Sam Worthington's role and Anton Yelchin (so sad he's passed) he made a great Kyle Reese. Go into this movie and have fun with it. I'm not a big Christian Bale fan but thought he did pretty good. Nice addition to the series.
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AnaniasReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific War Scenes and Fantastic Special Effects!
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It goes without saying that the "best" Terminator film was the first, simply because it *was* the first! There is something to be said for originality, after all. Still I am far more impressed with "Terminator Salvation" for a couple of reasons:

First, the theme of the other Terminator films is worn out. How many times can we watch a film about one terminator chasing some people all over the country before it gets old? I always found the brief war scenes in those films far more intriguing, and I often wondered why the script writers did not include a lot more of them. At last, they have! The whole film is about the war, and Skynet is no longer some distant, mostly unseen enemy but a true adversary who is visibly present in every scene. That is what I have wanted to see-- the WAR against the machines!-- not a single terminator chasing people a few people around in circles again.

Second, the special effects of this film were awesome. Whatever might be lacking in terms of acting skills (which Terminator film had good acting anyway?), it made up for it with special effects. The Terminators are so realistic that I have literally had a few nightmares about them-- just the kind of scare I love from a movie! The only aspect that lacked realism is that the Terminators seem to be incompetent marksmen for being such advanced machines. How many rounds does it take to hit a target, after all? "Spray and Pray" seems to be how Terminators shoot, which results in far more misses than hits, and that makes little sense to me when our contemporary computer-guided missiles can strike with pinpoint accuracy. It also seems like an awful waste of ammunition to me. Nevertheless, I can see why it is a necessary part of the show. We could not have Terminators who shoot with pinpoint accuracy without blowing away all hope for human victory now, could we? Ah, such unrealistic elements are a necessary evil. This is science *fiction,* after all!

All in all, this is my personal favorite of all the Terminator films. It may not have the originality of the first, but it is certainly the most impressive in terms of war scenes and special effects. This is why I am giving it a five-star rating.
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Kevin GrahamReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
terminator with a vision
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I really enjoyed this movie. I think it was the best one I saw that year. The story was straight sci fi. The new vision of the terminator movie has a awesome variety of terminators. They are done from a motorcycle type to a human skeleton type to a huge space ship type. The visuals are very dark sort of like the last 2 alien movies were done. Also I saw the late Stan Winston worked on the movie. I think he did a lot of special effects in the alien movies. I think he did the alien queen in aliens.

Anyway the special effect are really well done. I could forget about reality and just watch the screen and go to another place. That is when the special effects are done well.

Also the world was well done and you could tell they spent the money to design many sets and have many location to keep the viewer interested. I compare the visuals of the world to that of Alien 3 or Alien Resurection.

The music is done well and is very emotional. It was done by Danny Elfman.

The acting and story was top notch. It is a story of sacrifice and redemption. The two leads Sam Worthington and Christian Bale were exceptional. Christian Bale is always good at getting you to care for his character. I think he is an actor that can bring out a lot of emotions for the viewer. I thought Sam Worthington was very good at this also in this movie. The woman Moon Bloodgood was good also and believable in her role. Anton Yelchin was also very good in his role.

Also this movie had very mild cussing and the violence and content was not trashy or overdone. Which I think the last terminators went overboard on this.

Recommended to families to watch with children over 13. I think the parents won't find anything objectionable.

If you haven't seen this due to hearing that it wasn't good. Give it a chance. I liked it, maybe you will too.

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