Terminator Salvation (2009)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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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?


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21 May 2009 | jora_dyn
7
| Enjoyable ride, not quite there but lots of fun...
I was actually rather surprised that this film was as enjoyable as it was. After reading several scathing reviews I was very worried going into this film. Overall I had a good time watching it.

Now I should preface this with the fact that I am a huge fan of the Terminator films/franchise. I think that overall the look was amazing, the action and CG were great and the acting was mostly good. I think the film suffered from not enough character development and I think that McG was on the right track, but needed a tighter script and story to work with. You can tell in the film that he is a fan of the first films... I definitely got a kick out of all the throw backs to the films. Not just the obvious ones like the music choices or one liners, but also subtle things like single handed shotgun cocking or single handed pipe blows, or the choice of settings and shots.

I have to say that Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese did a fantastic job. He was probably my biggest worry in the film as Michael Biehn's, Kyle Reese is probably my favorite character in anything ever, so basically he had big shoes to fill. Well I didn't think it possible, but he actually made me love that character even more. So mad props to him. Again I think this was a very valiant effort by McG, he needs to work out a couple kinks for the next films, which I really he gets the green light on.

Basically there are a few of loopholes and inconsistencies which could bring you down if you linger too long on them, but if you are able to get past that it is definitely worth watching. But those are in all the films, even the second has some. (I'm not saying it's better than, so don't stone me!) In short I had a lot of fun at Terminator Salvation.

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Trivia

The ladies of the View sharply denounced Christian Bale after his crazy recorded rant on the set of Terminator Salvation went viral. After hearing the tape, "The View" co-panelist Joy Behar suggested that Bale's rant was out of order. "This is not, no one is on an operating table getting brain surgery," she said. "This is show business." But Goldberg said that actors are often intense on set because they are practicing their craft. "But it's your art. It's your art form," she replied. "If I have to jump out of character to tell you something you should know?" Goldberg later continued. "You're in a zone and it's crazy."


Quotes

Dr. Serena Kogan: Marcus. How are you?
Marcus Wright: Ask me in an hour.


Goofs

(at around 1h 9 mins) When Marcus & Blair punch their way out of the vent shaft, the cover lands on a mine. The blast propels it up and it lands on top of the vent outlet. The cover that lands there is obviously attached to a string or cable that keeps it from falling off the edge. Additionally, the vent cover that landed on the mine is still visible in that position before the camera moves in on Marcus and Blair.


Alternate Versions

Released on Blu-Ray as an R-rated director's cut with about three minutes of extra footage:

  • When John Connor and company infiltrate the underground base, a sentry robot pops up and is quickly dispatched. This scene was present in the teaser trailer.
  • Extra dialogue between Connor and Ashdown on the submarine. Ashdown points a gun at Connor's head and says he doesn't believe in prophecy.
  • Blair bathes in the rain for a moment then sees Marcus looking at her. She covers herself and Marcus turns away.
  • The scene with the two marauders is more violent. Marcus is actually showing stabbing one of them in the shoulder with a screwdriver, the fistfight with the second guy is longer, and a bloody impact is seen when Blair shoots one of the marauders in the leg.
  • Longer dialogue from Blair during the campfire scene with Marcus.
  • The sequence of the man being shot trying to scale the fence at the Skynet processing center is slightly longer.
  • John Connor's speech to the remaining resistance forces is extended.
  • The fight between the T-800 and Marcus is a few seconds longer.
  • Marcus trying to revive John Connor is slightly longer.


Soundtracks

You Could Be Mine
Written by
Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, and Izzy Stradlin
Performed by Guns N' Roses
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

21 May 2009

Language

English, Italian


Country of Origin

USA, Germany, UK, Italy

Filming Locations

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,558,390 24 May 2009

Gross USA:

$125,322,469

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$371,353,001

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