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Terminator Salvation (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  21 May 2009 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

21 May 2009 (USA)  »

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$200,000,000 (estimated)

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$51,943,726 (USA) (22 May 2009)


$125,320,003 (USA) (4 September 2009)

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Each Terminator film has been produced under a different company. The Terminator (1984) was produced by Hemdale and went through Orion, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) went through Carolco and Tri-Star (which was owned by Columbia), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) was produced by C-2 Pictures and distributed through both Warner Bros. (Domestic release) and Columbia Pictures (international release), and Terminator Salvation (2009) was produced by The Halcyon Company and distributed through both Warner Bros. (Domestic release) and Columbia Pictures (international release). See more »


When Dr. Serena Kogan is standing over Marcus Wright, her head is between him and the light above, him but when it shows his face there is no shadow. See more »


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Absolutely Brilliant
24 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really cannot understand all the negative comments about this film. I am a fan of the Terminator series and truly believe that this film stays true to the original story and actually adds to it tremendously. Now we all know how rubbish T3 was and how utterly disappointing that was but the same cannot be said for this. I went into the cinema not knowing anything about what the film may contain and I did not read any reviews before seeing it. I loved it, and my wife, who is not a fan of the series,could not care less but did think it was good (not as good as I thought it was I hasten to add) so fans of the series may like it more. For all of you that have not seen this yet, go and watch it. You will not be disappointed.

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