Terminator Salvation (2009) Movie Review


Terminator Salvation (2009)

2009 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure, War
115 minutes /

User Score: 75/100

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Terminator Salvation Review


In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted?

Terminator Salvation (2009) is a 1h 55-min American science-fiction post-apocalyptic action-war-adventure film that is the fourth installment in the Terminator franchise/series. It had an estimated budget of $200 million and grossed over $371.4 million at the box office. Director McG whose birth name is Joseph McGinty Nichol (3 Days to Kill (2014), This Means War (2012), We Are Marshall (2006)) wowed me with all of the action fighting scene sequences that were fabulously done well. Terminator Salvation is a post-apocalyptic film that is mainly focused on the war between Skynet machines and humanity in 2018.

John Connor (Christian Bale - The Dark Knight (2008), The Prestige (2006), American Psycho (2000), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)) was brought up in life and made aware the horror in the future. John became a Resistance fighter and the leader of the remaining human race and had no choice but to work for the people remaining in the military and political structure. The military and political team do not have much faith in John, but that is the best man they can find to help save the world. Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington - Avatar (2009), Clash of the Titans (2010), Wrath of the Titans (2012)) did not know much about what is going on but was tossed in the middle of human vs. bots war zone. Marcus is a unique caring individual as he does what he can to save strangers but what is strange is that this guy survives time and time again regardless of what harm he incurs making us think at that point that he is something else that cannot die. Marcus and John are the two main characters that take us along this fighting action journey to see if bots or humans will win.

Fans who love themselves a good non-stop jaw-dropping action film that is loaded with the most practical FX that can be fit in this movie as was possible then this is the movie for you. There are many different Terminators that are harming humans like they were flies, but that does not mean that the humans are not putting up a fight against the bots - well they are fighting back as best as they can. I cannot praise the characters performances much as Christian Bale gave us almost the same whispery voice as he did in Batman and Sam Worthington did something too often but you will see when you watch the film. With that said, the acting was average from all of the actors.

There were major plot holes that cannot be missed by even those who are not watching this film with their full attention towards the screen. The movie was a great hit in my household because we were looking for an action flick that night and did not read too much into the storyline and did not care much that there were plotholes. We wanted to watch the movie for the fights between bots and humans and the movie delivered just that. I was bummed out that T600’s was not wondering about - those are the bots with their face appearing to be hanging off and they were as creepy as can be. We were also not treated to the armies of black T700’s or Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) without his skin. I was so happy that I got to see this movie in the theaters when it was released in 2009 because that was a better experience than seeing it at home. It does not mean that my experience was terrible as it was outstanding but just does not match up to my theater experience.

About Terminator Salvation 2009

Title: Terminator Salvation
Original Title: T4: Salvation, Terminator 4, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins
Year: 2009
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure, War
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 20 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Brian Steele, Michael Ironside, Michael Papajohn, Anton Yelchin, Helena Bonham Carter, David Midthunder, Linda Hamilton, Dylan Kenin, Frank Powers, Lorenzo Callender, Kevin Wiggins, Jane Alexander, Boots Southerland, Paul J. Porter, Chris Browning, Christian Bale, Emerson Brooks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terry Crews, Zach McGowan, Chris Ashworth, Common, Ivan G'Vera, Anjul Nigam, Beth Bailey, Esodie Geiger, Greg Serano, Treva Etienne, Isaac Kappy, Mark Rayner
Writers: John Brancato, Michael Ferris
Director: McG

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