Terminator Salvation

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Terminator Salvation
There’s a chase scene half way through ‘Terminator Salvation’ that rivals anything in the series. A breathlessly paced, pulse-pounding desert escape, it lasts about five minutes and single-handedly earns the movie an extra star as sleek robotic motorcycles pursue our heroes, who are fleeing in an armour-plated pickup.

But stretching interminably on either side of this set piece is an ideas wasteland more barren than any of the blasted post-apocalyptic landscapes in the movie. ‘Terminator Salvation’ isn’t the gritty, futuristic blitzkrieg for which fans of the first two films have been salivating. It isn’t even the slick, entertaining Hollywood blockbuster most were realistically expecting. It is a shambolic, deafening, intelligence-insulting mess, a crushing failure on almost all counts.

It’s the year 2018. Christian Bale (whose on-set ballistics seem even more laughable in context) plays John Connor, self-prophesied leader of the human resistance against Skynet, the machine which rules the planet following a nuclear apocalypse. Sam Worthington plays Marcus Wright, a former Death Row inmate who harbours a dark secret.

The plot comes straight from the ‘hey, wouldn’t it be cool if…’ school of screenwriting: scenes and incidents slam into one another with no logical context or motivation. The characters are neutral: Bale growls and frowns, Worthington frowns and pouts, while other grime-spattered actors wander on screen, look perplexed, and are quickly forgotten. For kids under 14, or extremely undemanding adults, ‘Terminator Salvation’ might just pass muster as a temporary, forgettable Friday night distraction. But for fans of the first two movies, this is a disappointment of ‘Phantom Menace’ proportions.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday June 5 2009
Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: McG
Cast: Sam Worthington
Anton Yelchin
Bryce Dallas Howard
Christian Bale

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:36
  • 4 star:8
  • 3 star:7
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:13
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This film is pretty shit, the worst of the terminator films by a long way - did it even need to be a terminator film?! The action sequences aren't fun, it's devoid of humor, there's a serious lack of terminators and the story is absolutely terrible, especially the end. It might as well have been a Mad Max film.

I managed to sit through it, and didn't feel like I'd completely wasted my time, so I sort of enjoyed myself, and for that I'll give it two stars, although as a terminator film it really deserves one.


Really don't know what the negativity is about. I've loved the first 2 films since 1991 and this was a great return to form after the mostly awful T3 (well, it wasn't that bad). Great ideas and loads of spooky Terminators about aswell, plus the action scenes were sunning. The people who hated this...what were they expecting? Loads of cool references as well, esp the GNR song, and the ending mirroered the great T2 finale.


i thought this film was brilliant much better than T3 and on par with the 1st 2 films, it was non stop action and has carried on the franchise in a way in which i cant wait for the next film, the cameo from cgi arnie was awesome aswell, hope he appears again in the next film theres a lot they can carry on with this story, if your a fan of the terminator or arnie or christian bale you'll think this film is gr8!


I think Steve Crouch played brilliantly against Andora if he didnt have the training kicking cabbages he would never be as good. I also think they needed a new bubble lawn mower for the wembley pitch


I brought a pair of slippers for my friend heather and only 1 turned up. I think this is an outrage has she legally got a leg to stand on?


I brought a pair of slippers for my friend heather and only 1 turned up. I think this is an outrage has she legally got a leg to stand on?


Me and my wife went to see the film and i brought a bucket of popcorn and i couldnt help realise how big my first piece of pepcorn was i was hugely dissapointed that it wasnt 10mmx10mm has anyone else experienced these inconvienices?


Me and my wife went to see the film and i brought a bucket of popcorn and i couldnt help realise how big my first piece of pepcorn was i was hugely dissapointed that it wasnt 10mmx10mm has anyone else experienced these inconvienices?


Can you please stop mentioning bubble lawn mowers! this is getting out of hand this is a serious film review webstie. but i did see that cabbage with the small turpins and i have to say that cabbage was awfully green!


Can you please stop mentioning bubble lawn mowers! this is getting out of hand this is a serious film review webstie. but i did see that cabbage with the small turpins and i have to say that cabbage was awfully green!


That cabbage was massive! Best top quality cabbage i have seen in ages. Didnt see the bubble lawn mower though.. my 18 year old son has a collection of bubble lawn mowers and he didnt see it either


That cabbage was massive! Best top quality cabbage i have seen in ages. Didnt see the bubble lawn mower though.. my 18 year old son has a collection of bubble lawn mowers and he didnt see it either


I thoght the scene with the bubble lawn mower was the most exciting thing i have seen in a long time. Did you see the size of that cabbage?!?!


I thoght the scene with the bubble lawn mower was the most exciting thing i have seen in a long time. Did you see the size of that cabbage?!?!


well this film is fantastic from start to finish and is worth all 5 stars, ok the arnie scene aint the best but that is cgi for you, i would defo buy this on blu rey when comes out as it is a film i could watch again and again.


well this film is fantastic from start to finish and is worth all 5 stars, ok the arnie scene aint the best but that is cgi for you, i would defo buy this on blu rey when comes out as it is a film i could watch again and again.


If anything good was to come out of this film it's Sam Worthington. Bale has been better in other movies.


After seeing the first Terminator a few days before I was disappointed with this film and what it lacked from the orignal. The movie trailer sums up the first hour or so of the film. Stand out lines from the first two films were repeated and made to sound cheesy. Cast was poor, possibly too many to be interested in. Effects were McG Charlie's Angels styled and failed to impress - wasted budget. Where the film does start to pick up, it fails to sustain any interest. Too many strong elements from first 2 films only to be weakend and made laughable in this one. I've never seen the point in taking original 15-18 cert movies and creating a watered-down sequel to appeal to a wider audience. We don't want the toy, DVD extras or the f**king computer game. Stick to making a good movie.


Crap, Crap, Crap & Crap!!! Believe me 1 foot was out of the door 15 minutes in, but for the money I spent, I had to stay. The acting was poor, for all the reports of Bale throwing tantrums on set, I thought it would be an Ocar performance! Story was weak and at times had such apredictable outcome. The amount of times I rolled my eyes!!! This was in my oppinion is a straight to DVD movie if not Sci-Fi channel or Channel 5 drama movie. The only part I tip my hat to is when Arnie or should I say CGI Arnie made an appearance that took me by surprise. Not the right director for such an iconic brand. 1 star for seeing a young Arnie and advancement in CGI.


What a stupid review. T4 was a great, solid sci-fi action film - as it should've been. Honestly, I wonder if these 'critics' have seen the same film I have, because what I saw was A-grade fun and a great addition to the Terminator mythology. I haven't had such a blast at the movies since Lor of the Rings. People need to embrace change ans leave their petty prejudices at the door. This film rocks. Well done McG, Bale and Worthington. You did this Terminator fan proud.


What a stupid review. T4 was a great, solid sci-fi action film - as it should've been. Honestly, I wonder if these 'critics' have seen the same film I have, because what I saw was A-grade fun and a great addition to the Terminator mythology. I haven't had such a blast at the movies since Lor of the Rings. People need to embrace change ans leave their petty prejudices at the door. This film rocks. Well done McG, Bale and Worthington. You did this Terminator fan proud.


You will enjoy this movie if you are willing to forgive the points below. 1)If a fight sequence is happening by cutting to a new scene allows us to forget about the consequences when we return to that scene. 2)Further amendment:Forget about the laws of physics. 3)If a Terminator grabs you the quickest way to kill a human is apparently throwing it against a wall out of arms reach. 4)Lazy throwbacks to the first movie 'Ill be back' and 'come with me if you want to live' which cheapen the scenes as it's not meant to be tongue in cheek... is it? 5)Cheap mirrored ending of the 2nd film, but instead of freezing he 'hot freezes' him.... creative! 6)Humans can fight metal killing machines for minutes bare knuckled and stand their ground. Oh god, I could go on but I give up. Just go and see it for yourself. If you don't ming logic holes you'll love it. evenything aside I was entertained, just disappointed. But hey WTF was I expecting from that Charlies Angels muppet McG?


Oh come on, Time Out gave the Hanna Montanna film three stars. Enough said .../


T1 and T2 are among the best action films of all time, which makes this incoherent wasteland of a film all the more disappointing. So little of this film makes any sense at all, great swathes of Terminator canon were ignored in favour of endless aspolsions-for-no-reason. and the plucky baseline meme is utterly sickening here. 'We are better than machine because we have wuv!' Gimmie a break...


People who slag this movie off need to remember it's not the 1980's or the 1990's. Film making and special effects have moved on. I admit James Cameron's magic was not there but T4 is still a great movie for this fast paced world we live in these days. There is a stunning chase scene great visuals explosions and loads of action with a good actor what more do you expect ????


I really can't agree with one single line in the review, hugely enjoyable and the film flew by, always a sign of a good film for me, it never let up for a minute.


This was Fantastic heartstoping tense pulseing fun it was one of the best film of 2009!


This was Fantastic heartstoping tense pulseing fun it was one of the best film of 2009!


Great movie - ok, as most reviews state, it's obviously not as good as the first 2 movies in the franchise, but what is one of it's strongest points is that it's completely diferent. It's not like Terminator 3 which is basically a re-hash of 2, it's future setting gives it a fresh and diferent feel. Infact this movie wipes the floor with the terrible T3, and any fan of the series will enjoy seeing Kyle Reese and the future he described to Sarah in the first movie presented stylishly before their eyes. If i was gonna rate the movies out of 10....T1 - 10, T2 - 9, T3 - 4, this new one....T4 - 8.


Great Film, i liked the fact it was dark like Terminator 1, the other 2 are a bit chessy at times even though Judgement day is good, I think this is the closest to the quality of the first film, cant wait to see another one!


Great Film, i liked the fact it was dark like Terminator 1, the other 2 are a bit chessy at times even though Judgement day is good, I think this is the closest to the quality of the first film, cant wait to see another one!


Diverting enough without matching the first two films, It kept me entertained and the action sequences were pretty good. I also liked the look of the film. Sam Worthington seemed pretty good, but I'm really getting tired of Bale and his intensity. He seems to me the most overrated actor in movies today - such a one-trick pony. Is there any recent film where he isn't earnest , aggressive obsessed dedicated and taciturn. Always unlikeable and uncharismatic. Overall a pretty good apocalyptic b- movie but not up to the first two. Miles better than the last one, though


The action and special effects are out of this world, the plot is a little slack and the story can’t live up to the first two films but a fantastic film nevertheless!


The action and special effects are out of this world, the plot is a little slack and the story can’t live up to the first two films but a fantastic film nevertheless!


I dont know why critics gave it a bad review, as It was brilliant and packed full of action. It was not like the Quantum of Solace where you dont what is going on half the time-as it was clear and exciting.Hopefully the sequal will equal up to this...


I dont know why critics gave it a bad review, as It was brilliant and packed full of action. It was not like the Quantum of Solace where you dont what is going on half the time-as it was clear and exciting.Hopefully the sequal will equal up to this...


Best film I have seen in years Bale plays Connor excellent been the best John Connor actor yet. With the usage of the line ill be back gives it great humour along with the appearence or a animated arnold Schwarznegger just brilliant. Have no idea where all these bad reviews come frum but in my books second best terminator film behind judgement day and best film of 2009 so far great movie 5 star rating all the way


Best film I have seen in years Bale plays Connor excellent been the best John Connor actor yet. With the usage of the line ill be back gives it great humour along with the appearence or a animated arnold Schwarznegger just brilliant. Have no idea where all these bad reviews come frum but in my books second best terminator film behind judgement day and best film of 2009 so far great movie 5 star rating all the way


Embarrassing, honestly the worst film I've ever seen and I hold 1 and 2 in high regard. The director shouldn't work again and Bale needs glasses if he chose to do this film after reading the script (if there was a script). If I could give it zero stars then I would.


Just watched the film - having been advised it against it by trustworthy sources and I am pretty disillusioned I didn't listen to their advice. It was terrible. I should first of all admit I was a big fan of the first one, and have enjoyed parts of the sequels. However, I really can't believe how ill-conceived this film was. Don't get me wrong, I love action films, but this was just shambolic. The Terminator series has been based on strong characters, tense story lines and great action sequences. All of the above were notably absent - in fact it was hard to pick any single extract that really worked. The climax was even so dire that the only reason I remained in the cinema was to find out if the the conclusion might be conclusive. Unfortunately it wasn't, so I actually think come next year or 2011, cinema-goers might even be subjected to yet another dose of complete and utter tripe. In all honesty, if such films are going to be made, please just spare us all the hope and anticipation of an up-until-now fairly decent franchise. Just call it something else and then suckers like me won't feel semi-obliged to actually spend money on cinema tickets that could be far-better utilized splurging on a night out in Tesco's.


if it was not for all the scrappy contraptions and carbon fuel explosions that litter the landscape in this new arrival of terminator franchise ,i might have been pleased but most of the audience might disagree as the action created as a consequence is stupendous . so is the story which measures human heart against computer chips and comes up with the foregone wise conclusion that it is better to be instinctive than a programme . there are a lot of characters parading here and a lot of toys running flying and walking around ,but as the pacing and editing is appropriate you remain diverted . the arid apocalyptic arena of the burnt-out future california is rather miserable but in accordance with the narrative and the land shakes with enough giant cyborgs and high octane explosions to wake you up every time your attention wanders. there are two new characters who are helping connor against the malevolent military machine net -SKYNET ,and BALE looks affective and vulnerable while exuding an authority as well and he is equally matched by sam worthington as the human android who is tormented by his mechanical half in a convincing performance . moon bloodgood plays a millitary lieutenant to bale and a shaved bonham carter is an image for skynet as a spokesperson . the plot involves trying to save CONNOR'S future father who will ultimately time travel to meet his mother in the first terminator , and for my moneythe first part is still the best depiction of the struggle between man and machine as humanity as the vision provided in the original is both haranguing harrowing and without any pretension and the ordeal of a bleak human hunt and survival rendering human race obsolete that it portrayed was both profoundly intelligent and entertaining , this carries the same theme further but rather with a lot of distorted metal objects and acoustic infringement of human rights . this is more than adequate but it is a middle spoke in the wheel which is incomplete without the beginning or the end as connor desperately tries to rescue his future and his father for the sake of mankind . the salvation is rather deluded and also semi absolved as it will take another sequel to bring it to its natural and mechanical conclusion but till that time this is more than enough for the present day human consumption . THAT IS NOT SAYING A LOT


After seeing the trailers and reading the plot, i was excited about seeing this film, as a longtime fan of the series ( i was 4 when the first one was made and saw it when i was 5!) i was not disappointed. The timeout reviewer is seriously wrong about this film, its simply awesome. I think its a millions times better than no 3, and also better than No 2. Although nothing will ever top the first film. I think The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series is excellent too, and this film is almost like an extension of the series in some ways, a great film with some excellent action scenes, a good plot and good acting (for once in this day and age) It even has Guns'n'Roses 'You Could Be Mine' in one scene paying tribute to the second films soundtrack! So its Five Stars from me. go see it and ignore this ridiculous Timeout review!


After seeing the trailers and reading the plot, i was excited about seeing this film, as a longtime fan of the series ( i was 4 when the first one was made and saw it when i was 5!) i was not disappointed. The timeout reviewer is seriously wrong about this film, its simply awesome. I think its a millions times better than no 3, and also better than No 2. Although nothing will ever top the first film. I think The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series is excellent too, and this film is almost like an extension of the series in some ways, a great film with some excellent action scenes, a good plot and good acting (for once in this day and age) It even has Guns'n'Roses 'You Could Be Mine' in one scene paying tribute to the second films soundtrack! So its Five Stars from me. go see it and ignore this ridiculous Timeout review!


Ive just got in from watching it and....... well mixed emotions really, its an awsome summer blockbuster, and i feel it does follow the story pretty good really. Plus the film is still set years before we see the battle in t2. It feels like its the start of the war. If anything skynet is a bit of a pussy in the film, i thought really that it would have better defence capability, but wont say to much incase you have not seen it yet. Is a good peice in the terminator series, id have to say yes. Theres sertain things that make it feel like its following the story properly i.e. John conner has to prove himself and is not yet the all mighty leader of the resistence that we know him to be, this is quite good because why would he be at first, yes they all listen and believe he may be what he claims but there would be higher army officials still alive so i feel they got it spot on there, The problem is with a franchise like terminator will they get it spot on, no, theres just to many people that would say something else should happen here, and they should do that there. As a whole i look forward to seeing what happens next, sending people back maybe? I just hope it isnt rushed and the story will please. All in all id have to recommend it. it wont please everyone but i dont think you can!


I went in having read Time Out's review with zero expectations and thoroughly enjoyed it as a result! If you go in hoping for a film like the first two movies then you will probably be disappointed but if you go in expecting nothing and viewing it as a spin off from the original series then you may enjoy it too


Just came back from pictures and it is a good movie to watch in cinema. You are not going for the plot because it;s Termiantor ;) Good FX and machines.it is worth to see it.


Just came back from pictures and it is a good movie to watch in cinema. You are not going for the plot because it;s Termiantor ;) Good FX and machines.it is worth to see it.


I came away after watching this last night really feeling disappointed. Such a let down after a lot of hype. After the shambles of T3 I really wanted this to be something special but it crashed and burned just as badly as the machines in the film. In terms of Bale i actually wish they'd left in his verbal assault on the film's DoP, instead all we got was more of his gravelly batman voice - boring. Go and see it at the cinema though, it can stand as a 2009 big action movie with all the explosions one could want, but as a Terminator film its let us down...

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