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Set Visit Preview: Terminator Salvation

Dec. 12, 2008by: Johnny Moreno

It seems odd to think back to my time this past July in Albuquerque, New Mexico, because my house is now surrounded by snow and ice. But, in the blistering desert, Warner Bros. invited a few of us online journalists, to check out some scenes being filmed for TERMINATOR: SALVATION. This trip also included a tour of the Albuquerque Studios complex which housed some of the more established interior sets for the flick. The new installment started filming in April 2008 and by the time we were on set, they were close to half-way done shooting. The movie currently has a May 22, 2009 release date.

Ive got to say from the outset, I wasnt crazy about the idea of a fourth Terminator movie. Not from the perspective of a fanboy (a term I absolutely loathe), the TERMINATOR movies just werent something I possessively held close to my heart, like THE GODFATHER, DIE HARD, or TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. At the time of the set visit, I hadnt seen TERMINATOR: RISE OF THE MACHINES but obviously loving the first two movies, I felt like I was missing something from the franchise. Well, having finally seen Rise of the Machines, I can say that there was something missing about third flick, much like the third GODFATHER movie where youre just left thinking, Huh? Really?

Nowadays, when you attach Christian Bales name to a project, interest automatically goes up ten fold. Whether hes attached to play John Connor in the new Terminator flick or starring as himself in a documentary about learning how to get through a rough par 3 on the golf course, the man unwittingly attracts interest from all over the world. And when Christian Bale is interested in continuing the story of a legendary but fractured franchise, you can bet your ass theres a damn good reason behind it. And that reason isnt dollar signs, but a word that invokes a blood curdling rage in fanboys: McG. Just remember I said that.

Why? Because meeting the man on set, giving us his pitch on why he decided to continue this particular story, and how he plans to get his vision across was enough to convince me of his genuine passion in not only picking up the TERMINATOR franchise, but filmmaking in general. As youll read in my official set visit report a little later, after graciously showing us 8 minutes of selects from the film (this is before any teaser/trailer), he laced into the internet movie community with a good 5 minute rant on how much he gets shit on for his choice in directing projects and most of all, his name. The man certainly earned my respect after the tirade (which youll also read coming soon).

With a project like TERMINATOR: SALVATION, a story thats part of an epic franchise, details on the set are very hush hush which is why Im talking in broad strokes in this preview piece. Even when news broke, that day on set, that Helena Bonham Carter was indeed cast as a character called Serena, confirmation for the news wasnt easily given. In any case, Ill give you some handy bullet points of things Ill be covering in depth in my full report that will be filed some time next year.

  • We explore the Albuquerque Studios complex where key scenes are filmed such as the big interrogation scene between John Connor and Marcus Wright.
  • Visiting Skynet.
  • Details on the production area where production designer Martin Laings full color, painted storyboards are exhibited to show the entire movie.
  • More details on production art showcasing various Terminators such as T600, T700 and T800 models and also various Drones, Hydrobots and Harvesters.

  • Interviews with McG, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood and Anton Yelchin (Kyle Reese), not to mention our run in with Helena Bonham Carter on her first day on set!
  • Details on the 8 minutes of footage that McG personally showed us in his very cool (literally) mini trailer.
  • Our visit to the animatronics trailer where I shit my pants when a T800 looks right at me and flares its red eyes.

  • Details on a KEY scene where John Connor gets into a bit of a scrap with a Terminator.

I still have to say that despite my skepticism that SALVATION would be any less lame than RISE OF THE MACHINES, what I saw in the 8 minutes in McGs trailerthe conversations with the cast and crewthe general vibe and excitement on set from everyone involved, has leaned me to the side of I cant f*cking wait.

Source: JoBlo.com

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7:07PM on 12/14/2008
The only thing T3 had over T1 & T2 was Kristanna Loken's T&A...
The only thing T3 had over T1 & T2 was Kristanna Loken's T&A...
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5:43PM on 12/12/2008
T3 was nowhere close to T2
T3 was nowhere close to T2
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4:10PM on 12/12/2008

Well the way I see it...

they shouldnt have named any of the Terminator as a "part" movie. The whole time travel thing would have made each one it's on in the sense of a different dimension and timeline. When Reese came back he altered the future of Sara's dimension. For him everything still happened as planed. Making a new timeline for Sara. Now on Judgment Day we see an alternate dimension from Reeses original and in this one a T-100 is sent to help John. Altering John's dimension again to where we get into Rise
they shouldnt have named any of the Terminator as a "part" movie. The whole time travel thing would have made each one it's on in the sense of a different dimension and timeline. When Reese came back he altered the future of Sara's dimension. For him everything still happened as planed. Making a new timeline for Sara. Now on Judgment Day we see an alternate dimension from Reeses original and in this one a T-100 is sent to help John. Altering John's dimension again to where we get into Rise of the Machines. (Yet another alternate dimension) Bringing us to Salvation. Now if you dont go in expecting to see a T4 your will like the movie overall. But unfortunately everyone going to hate it and love it for all the wrong reasons. Hate: expecting a T4. Love: blinded by TDK and thinking Bale is a god.
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4:06PM on 12/12/2008
IMO, no fuckin way was T3 better then T2. I don't even know how someone can say that.
IMO, no fuckin way was T3 better then T2. I don't even know how someone can say that.
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4:00PM on 12/12/2008

Why T3 sucked...in my opinion!!!!!

My problem with T3 was that it's a sitcom sequel to the series. It's very bright and the jokes are so lame. It's a fun movie but it doesn't touch the first two.

Also, I really think that the TX, as hot as she was, was a weird step down from the T-1000. I mean, this is geeky, but the T-1000 would destroy the TX in a second.

I love both T1 and T2, for what they are. T3 to me is a quick watch on TV, like on FX or something.
My problem with T3 was that it's a sitcom sequel to the series. It's very bright and the jokes are so lame. It's a fun movie but it doesn't touch the first two.

Also, I really think that the TX, as hot as she was, was a weird step down from the T-1000. I mean, this is geeky, but the T-1000 would destroy the TX in a second.

I love both T1 and T2, for what they are. T3 to me is a quick watch on TV, like on FX or something.
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3:34PM on 12/12/2008
I loved T2, but had fun with the T3 also. Hate that terminator tv show, though. This movie has got to be better than that.
I loved T2, but had fun with the T3 also. Hate that terminator tv show, though. This movie has got to be better than that.
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3:11PM on 12/12/2008

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T3 was better than T2 IMO. The hate for 3 has always confused the hell out of me.

As for this one, I'm cautiously optimistic. Even with tool-bag McG directing.
T3 was better than T2 IMO. The hate for 3 has always confused the hell out of me.

As for this one, I'm cautiously optimistic. Even with tool-bag McG directing.
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2:30PM on 12/12/2008

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2:27PM on 12/12/2008
That doesn't make sense considering T3 was a shitty remake of T2.
That doesn't make sense considering T3 was a shitty remake of T2.
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2:20PM on 12/12/2008
That doesn't make sense considering T3 was a shitty remake of T2.
That doesn't make sense considering T3 was a shitty remake of T2.
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2:17PM on 12/12/2008

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10:36AM on 12/12/2008

sounds good

because T3 sucked ass big time.

I actually would really like to see a prequel to the Matrix Films, damn I would have much preferred that over the sequels.
because T3 sucked ass big time.

I actually would really like to see a prequel to the Matrix Films, damn I would have much preferred that over the sequels.
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9:45AM on 12/12/2008
All the shit McG takes is justified. He can whine all he wants, but I will never respect him as a director until he makes a good film. Simple as that.
All the shit McG takes is justified. He can whine all he wants, but I will never respect him as a director until he makes a good film. Simple as that.
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9:42AM on 12/12/2008
Sounding exactly as I have for the past months: Can't f*cking wait! Plus it is my belief that Bale doesn't JUST sign on for projects. I mean, look at his back catalog thusfar. I don't see how T4 is gonna be worse than RotM, no f*ing way.
Sounding exactly as I have for the past months: Can't f*cking wait! Plus it is my belief that Bale doesn't JUST sign on for projects. I mean, look at his back catalog thusfar. I don't see how T4 is gonna be worse than RotM, no f*ing way.
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9:17AM on 12/12/2008

Good

Nice Tease...
I just hope it's all Tough, no Fluff...
Nice Tease...
I just hope it's all Tough, no Fluff...
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