Terminator: Salvation (2009) – 6/10 science fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Victor Kubicek
Producer: Derek Anderson
Producer: Moritz Borman
Director: McG
Christian Bale: John Connor
Sam Worthington: Marcus Wright
Anton Yelchin: Kyle Reese
Moon Bloodgood: Blair Williams
Bryce Dallas Howard: Kate Connor
Common: Barnes
Jane Alexander: Virginia
Michael Ironside: General Ashdown
Helena Bonham Carter: Dr. Serena Kogan
Producer: Moritz Borman
Producer: Jeffrey Silver
Writer: John Brancato
Writer: Michael Ferris

Terminator: Salvation (2009)

After being convinced to donate his body to science, Marcus Wright wakes up in a post-Judgment Day (nuclear obliteration) world where the last dregs of humanity are being exterminated by machines. He quickly hears of the Resistance’s star, John Connor, and is oddly determined to enlist the Resistance’s help to travel to Skynet.

6/10

There’s some really spectacular action (special mention for the scene where John Connor climbs in a helicopter flies off and gets blasted down in a single shot and all the explosions are satisfyingly enormous) but the climax is weak and non-sensical (despite a SPOILER highly welcome visit from 1984 Arnie as a T-800) and an awful lot of the movie does really silly things (like extraordinarily noisy building-size robots appearing silently when needed and John Connor being able to go mano-a-mano with a T-800 without getting crushed like a grape). Christian Bale is scripted amateurishly but what he brought to the project was, not thesping skills but, credibility. Sam Worthington doesn’t have charisma in McG’s hands; let’s see how he fares in James Cameron’s Avatar. All in all, the action rescues the film but the same story could have been great with a bit more thought for the words.

This movie contains mild swear words and extreme melee violence, extreme mecha violence, extremely unpleasant scenes, gun violence and full male nudity obscured by darkness.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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