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Terminator Salvation (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: McG

Starring:
Christian Bale/John
Sam Worthington/Marcus
Anton Yelchin/Kyle
Moon Bloodgood/Blair
PLOT-CRUNCH
In a post apocalyptic 2018, the world is a shit-hole overrun by machines and the only thing that stands between them and total world domination is badass John Connor (Bale) and his “do or die” resistance fighters. ITS ON!
THE LOWDOWN

This is not the future my mother warned me about. And in this future, I don't know if we can win this war. - John Connor

The original TERMINATOR was one of the films that marked me the most throughout my early “movie fan” evolution. Part 2 and Part 3 also whooped my ass stupid, but the first one will always have a special place in my dead beat heart. So it was with my jockeys in a bunch and big, dumbass smile on my face that I attended the press screening for the fourth installment in the franchise: TERMINATOR SALVATION. Did it live up to my expectations? Mostly yes! YEEHAW!

It should be said that like many of you out there, when I first heard that McG was gonna helm this one, I lost my lunch (cream corn that is) all over my keyboard. I mean, come on, how the hell did we go from James Cameron to freaking Charlie’s Angels McG I thought? So it’s with a scratch of the balls and a sigh of relief that I tell ya: McG has EARNED my respect with this effort. Straight up, the man has outdone himself and then some! TERMINATOR SALVATION was guilty of a couple of boo-boos (more on them below) but bad directing? INNOCENT ON ALL COUNTS! McG imbued his big and bad baby with an ever moving camera, a delicious aura of dread, tension galore and brilliantly staged/executed action scenes that EVOKED many “f*ck me man that was awesome” out of this jerk. Only somebody with mucho talent would be able to streamline a film of this scope. So yeah, McG, I just firmly patted your ass, the left cheek that is, I hope it felt good!

The strong cast in the house also helped elevate the film to a higher plane. By rule of middle finger, I love Christian Bale and I don’t give a shit how many ADs he shouts at; the dude gives his all on screen and I for one respect that. His work is always above the norm i.e. we couldn’t have had a better adult John Connor. Sam Worthington (Marcus Wright) stood out as well. Easily one of the more sympathetic actors to hit the screens in a while. He’ll go places and fast! Technically, this one was on top of its game. The varied TERMINATOR designs were spot on (love them Terminator bikes), the CGI astounding and yes when the T-800 surfaced, I almost jizzed my pants like Ron Jeremy having a bad case of the hiccups. The CG Arnold face didn’t fully work (looked too CG) but for me the bit got the intended reaction anyways. I was floored into fan boy oblivion! Add to all that loving STRIKING cinematography and ALL KINDS of audio and visual references to the past TERMINATOR films ("You Could be Mine" baby!) and you get a top notch summer movie!

Now my beefs with the flick were a handful. For one the human factor was a bit on the down low during the first half of the film. Some characters and relationships didn’t get the attention they deserved. I kept craving more juice on Connor solo and Connor with Kate. The latter was pretty much left in the back ground. Same went for the Marcus/Blair relationship. Its evolution didn’t feel totally organic. And what was up with the random abrupt editing? Some scenes would end way too soon for their own good. Felt gauche (yeah I just used that word, sue me). My major complaint though had to do with a couple of gaping plot holes that dumbed what was for the most part a smart effort. I won’t spoil anything but them muck-ups had to do with Skynet, Reese and a far fetched medical procedure. I’ll leave it at that.

Overall though I had an AMAZING time with TERMINATOR SALVATION. It wasn’t a perfect film by any stretch of the used condom but its INSANE entertainment value made up for its stumbles on my end. I almost overdosed on fun over here! Who’s terminated f*cker? You’re terminated f*cker!
GORE
The film was PG-13, so it was axed more on action than the red grub.Didn't bother me none cause the action was NUTS! We do get some mangled Terminators, an impaling, corpses and light blood here and there.
ACTING
Christian Bale (John Connor) proved once more why he’s one of the most exciting actor of this generation. Although he yelled a tad too much at times for my liking, on a whole Bale was intense, focused and simply brilliant. I first took notice of Sam Worthington (Marcus Wright) in Rogue and it was way cool to see him in this. Even though his Aussie accent kept threatening to burst out, Worthington was very credible and likable. Moon Bloodgood (Blair Williams) did what she had to do well and brought a much needed female sexiness to this sausage fest.

Anton Yelchin (Kyle Reese) was on the ball as the young Reese. Bought it! Was that f*cking Michael Ironside (General Ashdown) doing his thing? DAMN STRAIGHT! Was swell to see him in an A list picture where he freaking belongs! Common’s (Barnes) role was fairly small; he was all right but I can’t say he moved one way or another. Was it me or was Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Serena Kogan) kind of awkward in this? Bryce Dallas Howard (Kate Connor) didn’t have much to do here, but when onscreen she gave an admirable show.
T & A
Hottie on two legs Moon Bloodgood showed a little bit of flesh (cleavage) and we all thanked her for it.
DIRECTING
McG, we don’t know each other but props bro. PROPS on the genius you pulled off with this film. Visually gripping, suspense laced, with action set pieces that bashed my skull in, dude, you have proven yourself and then some. The naysayers can kiss your ass (and I was one of them). So this beer is for you! CHEERS!
SOUNDTRACK
Danny Elfman served up a fairly generic ‘action score” that only TRULY came to life when the token TERMINATOR beats would surface. Why they didn’t bring back Brad Fiedel on this one is beyond me.
BOTTOM LINE
It’s the TERMINATOR meets THE ROAD WARRIOR meets an unadulterated BLAST! Although different in M.O. than the prior TERMINATOR films; TERMINATOR SALVATION was just as entertaining, eye popping and mind blowing! Good story, strong actors, fly visuals and jaw dropping visual effects, I doubt I’ll have more fun with a film this summer than I had with this puppy. Shoddy character/relationship development and a handful of severe plot holes aside; this one served up TIME WELL SPENT in spades. It’s a 3 on 4 on paper rating wise for me, but I’m giving it a 3 and a half because it thrilled me so damn much! Bring on T5! I’m so game! FANBOY NOTE: If McG doesn’t do T5 – get Paul Verhoeven to do it... PLEAAAAASSSE!
BULL'S EYE
Claire Danes said no dice to playing Kate Brewster again. Then Charlotte Gainsbourg was attached - but she pulled out due to scheduling conflicts. Bryce Dallas Howard was then cast.

Josh Brolin was approached to play Marcus Wright, but he wanted NATHING to do with it.

That's Roland Kickinger body, standing in for Arnolds. Funnyly enough Roland played Arnie in the TV Bio See Arnold Run (2005).

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12:48PM on 12/05/2009
I liked the hell out of it. It was blast imo and not nearly the train wreck people are making it out to be.
I liked the hell out of it. It was blast imo and not nearly the train wreck people are making it out to be.
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9:01PM on 08/31/2009
An special effects extravaganza that was fast paced, thrilling, sometimes intense and to me an satisfying entry into the Terminator series. Sure it kind of lost its heart and spirit that the last Terminator movies had and I sometimes felt that I was watching the Fox television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles but that didn't bother me because I love that series. It kind of had that The Road Warrior feel and look to it too but again those movies were great as well so no complaints
An special effects extravaganza that was fast paced, thrilling, sometimes intense and to me an satisfying entry into the Terminator series. Sure it kind of lost its heart and spirit that the last Terminator movies had and I sometimes felt that I was watching the Fox television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles but that didn't bother me because I love that series. It kind of had that The Road Warrior feel and look to it too but again those movies were great as well so no complaints from me. I thought Sam Worthington was the best actor and the most memorable person in this entire movie, he even out shined the great Christian Bale. This was not as entertaining or to be honest as memorable as the last Terminator movies especially the 2nd one but it is the most different when it comes to mood and atmosphere because it is a tad darker and more serious than the last ones. Overall I recommend it because it didn't disappoint me but it still wasn't my favorite Terminator movie the 2nd one still is but it's an welcomed action packed, thrill ride, didn't beat Star Trek though.
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5:47AM on 06/20/2009

AWESOME MOVIE!!!

just watch this movie today.
took me a while to watch this movie -- mainly because after hearing all the CRAP that some cocksuckers were spewing, i wondered if i should bother to see this.

but, fucking balls, this is a excellent summer action movie!!
and a worthy addition to the terminator series.

one thing tho' ...
Bryce dallas howard is fucking UGLY -- get rid of her!!

also, after watching this movie, i can't wait to see Clash of the Titans (an old favourite) remake with Sam W.
just watch this movie today.
took me a while to watch this movie -- mainly because after hearing all the CRAP that some cocksuckers were spewing, i wondered if i should bother to see this.

but, fucking balls, this is a excellent summer action movie!!
and a worthy addition to the terminator series.

one thing tho' ...
Bryce dallas howard is fucking UGLY -- get rid of her!!

also, after watching this movie, i can't wait to see Clash of the Titans (an old favourite) remake with Sam W. in the lead.

BRING ON T5 !!
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12:36AM on 06/12/2009
So much better than I expected. Excellent summer popcorn film... Arnold's cameo was pretty awesome! Hope it makes enough money worldwide for a sequel!
So much better than I expected. Excellent summer popcorn film... Arnold's cameo was pretty awesome! Hope it makes enough money worldwide for a sequel!
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10:50PM on 06/09/2009

Totally agree, Fallon.

Y'know, 9 times out of 10, I would be hopping straight onto the hate bandwagon for a movie with a paper thin story like this.

But this is, in my opinion, a VERY rare sort of sequel. It really doesn't need a story. We know the story. It's been told, and told well, in the previous movies.

All this movie has to deliver is a war between humans and machines. For a terminator fanboy like myself, who dreamed of seeing this war play out, that's really enough.

McG made an entertaining film.
Y'know, 9 times out of 10, I would be hopping straight onto the hate bandwagon for a movie with a paper thin story like this.

But this is, in my opinion, a VERY rare sort of sequel. It really doesn't need a story. We know the story. It's been told, and told well, in the previous movies.

All this movie has to deliver is a war between humans and machines. For a terminator fanboy like myself, who dreamed of seeing this war play out, that's really enough.

McG made an entertaining film. The story will develop in further sequels, I'm sure. For now, man your gattling guns and crack some shiny metal skulls.
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7:17PM on 06/05/2009

Terminator Salvation is the new Battlefield Earth!

One of the worst movies of the year. I see this sweeping the razzies. Me and my friends were laughing so damn hard at all the unintentionally hilarious moments. How does crap like this even get made?
One of the worst movies of the year. I see this sweeping the razzies. Me and my friends were laughing so damn hard at all the unintentionally hilarious moments. How does crap like this even get made?
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11:49AM on 06/03/2009

Fine

I think it was fine. I mean, first half wasn't that good, but second half got better each minute. So that saved a LOT. And Arnold's cameo was actually quite nice, I liked it.
I think it was fine. I mean, first half wasn't that good, but second half got better each minute. So that saved a LOT. And Arnold's cameo was actually quite nice, I liked it.
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10:28PM on 05/22/2009

Decent action film, TERRIBLE Terminator movie.

Great action scenes and special effects. But the script was terrible (what was the story again?), the dialogues atrocious, the acting awful (except Worthington and the kid playing Kyle Reese), and Bale was so disappointing... I can't bring myself to consider this a Terminator movie. The score was so UN-terminatorish(F*ck Danny Elfman!) Bad, bad, bad. A 4 out of 10.
Great action scenes and special effects. But the script was terrible (what was the story again?), the dialogues atrocious, the acting awful (except Worthington and the kid playing Kyle Reese), and Bale was so disappointing... I can't bring myself to consider this a Terminator movie. The score was so UN-terminatorish(F*ck Danny Elfman!) Bad, bad, bad. A 4 out of 10.
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6:21AM on 05/22/2009

Just plain bad.

You have to be a big fan of the franchise, have a fetish for robots, or just like brain dead action to enjoy this. Absolutely ridiculous on almost every level, the dialogue had people laughing it was so bad and some of the action scenes were so silly that they actually mirrored scenes from Pineapple Express. There really wasn't a single element that made sense.
You have to be a big fan of the franchise, have a fetish for robots, or just like brain dead action to enjoy this. Absolutely ridiculous on almost every level, the dialogue had people laughing it was so bad and some of the action scenes were so silly that they actually mirrored scenes from Pineapple Express. There really wasn't a single element that made sense.
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2:56AM on 05/22/2009

What drugs are you on?

This movie was so disappointing. I was so excited about this from the first I heard of it being in production to the trailer post until yesterday morning when it got terrible reviews. I then decided not to see it Wednesday night at midnight and lowered my standards to see it today, and I was STILL disappointed. The dialogue was the worst I've heard since Dungeon Siege. The plot holes were ridiculous. Not to mention the useless characters. Everything was in pairs. You only see each of the cool
This movie was so disappointing. I was so excited about this from the first I heard of it being in production to the trailer post until yesterday morning when it got terrible reviews. I then decided not to see it Wednesday night at midnight and lowered my standards to see it today, and I was STILL disappointed. The dialogue was the worst I've heard since Dungeon Siege. The plot holes were ridiculous. Not to mention the useless characters. Everything was in pairs. You only see each of the cool robots twice. There's only two good man vs. robot fights. There were only two good actors (Bale and Worthington) and even Bale got annoying when he kept doing the Batman voice for uncalled reasons. It even managed to make DBHoward NOT hot. I really wanted to like this movie, I really did. It just wasn't the summer blockbuster it roofied everyone into thinking it would be. I actually laughed at parts, and not because they were funny. It's a sad commentary on the movie when your favorite part was the trailer. Don't use a badass NIN song for a badass trailer to a not badass Terminator movie. If T5 is happening, get better writers and a better directer. Let MCG go back to Charlies Angels and music videos (really?)
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12:28AM on 05/22/2009
i went in there, and didnt even think about the first three, and i enjoyed the movie alot
i went in there, and didnt even think about the first three, and i enjoyed the movie alot
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7:10PM on 05/21/2009

Terrible movie.

We've seen it happen to Jaws, Alien, Predator, X-Men, etc... And now it has finally happened to The Terminator.

Terminator 3 came close, but Salvation pushes the franchise into the realm of 'silly generic trill film'.

This film is a slap in the face of fans, It's someone pissing in your cereal. This is the crash & burn end to a once great franchise. R.I.P. Terminator. We once loved you.
We've seen it happen to Jaws, Alien, Predator, X-Men, etc... And now it has finally happened to The Terminator.

Terminator 3 came close, but Salvation pushes the franchise into the realm of 'silly generic trill film'.

This film is a slap in the face of fans, It's someone pissing in your cereal. This is the crash & burn end to a once great franchise. R.I.P. Terminator. We once loved you.
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4:06PM on 05/21/2009

Definitely a step above T3

Gotta go with you on this one, Arrow; probably really deserves a 3 but that movie delivered as far as I'm concerned. This wasn't like X-Men Origins where the action couldn't save the plot's shortcomings; this film was balls to the wall and I gotta admire that. Lame ending and mishandling of John/Kate's relationship aside, I dug it.

A step above T3, and a lot closer to being on par with T2 than many will ever give it credit for; T2 was a little too light-humor heavy for my tastes whereas
Gotta go with you on this one, Arrow; probably really deserves a 3 but that movie delivered as far as I'm concerned. This wasn't like X-Men Origins where the action couldn't save the plot's shortcomings; this film was balls to the wall and I gotta admire that. Lame ending and mishandling of John/Kate's relationship aside, I dug it.

A step above T3, and a lot closer to being on par with T2 than many will ever give it credit for; T2 was a little too light-humor heavy for my tastes whereas this seemed to keep a grim tone to it for the most part. Nothing will top the original, though.
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8:52AM on 05/21/2009
Mindless action, that's all this is. The action is entertaining and sometimes it makes you forget that movies are suppose to have a story to them.

Personally, I just couldn't enjoy this movie. I wanted a good story and good characters. I wanted to care about the action and all involved. This movie is exactly the trailer stretched to nearly two hours, and it never gets any deeper than that.

As a fan of The Terminator, and a fan of the kind of smart action that the first two Terminator
Mindless action, that's all this is. The action is entertaining and sometimes it makes you forget that movies are suppose to have a story to them.

Personally, I just couldn't enjoy this movie. I wanted a good story and good characters. I wanted to care about the action and all involved. This movie is exactly the trailer stretched to nearly two hours, and it never gets any deeper than that.

As a fan of The Terminator, and a fan of the kind of smart action that the first two Terminator films represented, I can't recommend this movie at all. T3 even had more going on for it. Terminator: Salvation is on par with action films such as AVP, XXX, Max Payne, etc... To me, The Terminator should have been given far more respect than that. And heavy handed winks to the previous films do not count as respect.

This movie just simply blows, and is so far the worst big movie of the summer.
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3:17AM on 05/21/2009
I wouldn't say it's the best of the series, but it had it's moments. The nods to the originals were awesome, and it did have some good action scenes. The problem I have with it is the same problem I had with T3 though, the loss of the dread feel. T1 had it and so did T2, but T3 and this one didn't give me that feeling at all. I guess it all has to do with what Cameron does. But I think I'll still add this to my Terminator collection and I say bring on T5!
I wouldn't say it's the best of the series, but it had it's moments. The nods to the originals were awesome, and it did have some good action scenes. The problem I have with it is the same problem I had with T3 though, the loss of the dread feel. T1 had it and so did T2, but T3 and this one didn't give me that feeling at all. I guess it all has to do with what Cameron does. But I think I'll still add this to my Terminator collection and I say bring on T5!
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7:41PM on 05/19/2009

Yes!

The first review I've read of the film and it's Arrow's-- nice!
The first review I've read of the film and it's Arrow's-- nice!
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