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Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut) (2009)

A movie directed by Joseph McGinty

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A good idea and set up gone sour by bad production values...

  • Nov 29, 2009
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While T-3 nearly failed at giving a  good look at the near-end of Humanity by SKYNET It did succeed, barely, and that is saying something. McG's "Terminator Salvation"  delivers the beginning of the end of the war for  Earth  and the survival of mankind. But while this is what Terminator fans have been waiting for for almost twenty-five years  it falters on many levels and  almost falls flat on it's face when it needs to stand strong, but none the less  It's an entertaining entry in the long  beloved genre.







"Terminator Salvation" while  nowhere  near as good as "The Terminator" and "Terminator 2:Judgment Day" It does give  us what we want and delivers what it promises. An action packed, mind blowing action/ adventure but even that may  not please you if  your a first timer or  not a faithful lover of the first three you may not be too pleased with the robotic script and acting, but like the  third this one doesn't truly disappoint it just doesn't live up to the story  as well as it should. But all in all  it's a pretty good installment in the new trilogy  and a good continuation of the original story but it falls short far too many times to really be called  great.




Christian Bale who rocks  as  Batman  but  fails to impress as  the legendary John Connor, his performance is too mechanical and only helps in  bringing down the film instead of lifting it too new heights. Sam Worthington (who I have never heard of until I saw this movie.) Is actually the savior of this film his performance is more human and emotional and he alone saves this film from being a total waste of 200 million dollars.  But all in all the cast does pretty good, most of them saving the film others bringing it down  but mostly they do alright in this and make this  actioneer a must see.





McG's "Terminator Salvation" is taunt, gritty, atmospheric, stylish and a thought out film, but not thought out well enough when  being filmed. It falls short in some parts and in others in soars.But all in all  T-4 is a must see action film steeped in dark  nostalgia of the old films  and a high grade  visual style  that will enthrall you if not make you completely  forget about  the bad script and robotic acting, "Terminator Salvation" delivers. 
A good idea and set up gone sour by bad production values...

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Terminator Salvationrestores some of the balance of huge freakin' explosions and emotionally compelling plot to theTerminatorseries. Set entirely after the nuclear assault that left the computer system Skynet in control of the world,Terminator Salvationfollows John Connor (Christian Bale) as he grapples with both murderous robots and his superiors in the resistance, who aren't sure they believe the prophecies that Connor is destined to save humanity. Into the midst of this struggle tumbles Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington, who would later star in James Cameron'sAvatar); the last thing he remembers was being executed in prison decades before. Baffled, he falls into company with Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin,Star Trek) and a mute little girl, who soon get captured--but Wright then meets and bonds with Blair Williams (Moon Bloodgood,Eight Below), a resistance fighter who remains loyal to the confused Wright even though Connor suspects he's not what he seems--or what he believes himself to be.Terminator Salvationisn't the astonishing synthesis of action and feeling that eitherThe TerminatororT2were; the plot threads are poorly woven and fray completely in the last third of the movie. Despite this,Terminator Salvationhas at least two skillfully orchestrated action sequences that will get your heart racing, and Worthington’s beguiling mixture of toughness and vulnerability gives his relationship with Bloodgood a genuine pulse. It's imperfect, but compared ...
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Director: McG
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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