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Terminator Salvation (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 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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In 2003, in the Longview State Correctional Facility, the criminal Marcus Wright is on death row, and is convinced by the cancerous Dr. Serena Kogan to donate his body to her research and he accepts. In 2018, after an unsuccessful attack to a Skynet facility, only John Connor survives, but he discovers that Skynet is developing the powerful new model T-800. Out of the blue, Marcus appears naked and with amnesia in the location. Marcus befriends the teenager Kyle Reese and the girl Star who help him to survive the lethal machines and they travel together in a Jeep. Meanwhile the resistance discovers a signal that might turn-off the machines and John offers to test it. When Kyle is captured by a machine and brought to the Skynet headquarters, Marcus decides to help the youngster and heads to Skynet; on the way, he saves Blair Williams who suggests to him that he should meet John Connor first. But Marcus steps on a mine and is submitted to surgery, when a secret about his origins is ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language | See all certifications »

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$200,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$125,320,003 (USA) (4 September 2009)
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According to the novelization, Marcus liked the rain because it reminded him of the past he came from. He doesn't feel the cold and is very strong. He can see well in the pouring rain and has extraordinary reflexes. It takes four people to lift Marcus. He is capable of emotion like fear, frustration and impatience, and he doesn't feel pain, but he does feel empathy for Reese and Star, and he can look hungry. He is made of titanium but has veins and arteries. Marcus had a brother. Even Marcus' human eyes are electronically enhanced. Marcus didn't like to deny reality, as he thought Williams did. Marcus thought the idea of a racetrack was wasteful and obscene, even before the war. Marcus felt very alone in the future. Much of his life in the future was, in his words, running, fighting, drinking, drugging and whoring. Marcus couldn't stand the sight of his own machinery because he didn't understand it, but he would have liked the time to examine himself. Marcus can go without blinking. Marcus can survive a fatal fall, precisely gauge temperature and can instantly heal injury. Marcus doesn't feel cramp, his limbs can't be dislocated, he doesn't bleed much, his muscles don't ache, there is no tightness in his arms, he can move faster than a human, and he has a tough exterior against weapons fire. Marcus's night vision was preternaturally sharp. Marcus can steady a motorcycle with one hand; he thinks motorbikes are one machine in the future that's not the enemy, and he can survive a bike crash, being neither human nor mere machine. He can also survive a napalm explosion, but his flesh can be torn away by it. He doesn't tire easily, and his artificial heart beats like a human one; power surges could make his heart skip a beat before circulation was restored. He can walk across the bottom of a river without needing to breathe, but he may be too heavy to swim (like Data in TNG). A part of Marcus wanted to die after discovering the truth about himself. His ignorance made him feel better because it meant his brain was not all machine then. Marcus can absorb knowledge through touching a computer (like the T-1000) at a speed that would overwhelm or kill a human. He could discard new information just as easily. He could scan Skynet Central's database on all the prisoners, and use communications to send a signal that could be picked up by man or machine, including John Connor. Marcus was capable of being infuriated at Serena, because she was intended to be soothing. Marcus feels an internal alarm when injuring himself. Marcus can sound mechanical instead of human. See more »

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In the first The Terminator, Kyle Reese explains to Sarah that he was born in the camps and bred as a soldier of the resistance. In Salvation, we can clearly see that he was just an ordinary civilian survivor of the war and did not become an actual resistance soldier until he was a young man. This is not necessarily a goof. He could have been exaggerating to impress her in the first movie. Alternately, the time travels of the sequels could have changed the events of his early life. See more »

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Not great but massively entertaining.
30 May 2009 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I have watched the terminator series, the movies are quite good. Terminator Salvation is the fourth in the series. One thing that disappoints is that there is no main terminator that goes killing humans like in Terminator 2. MCG, the director, did a great job especially creating the gritty and tough world. MCG proves that he can go from comedic action with stunts to loud whizz-bang and gritty action. But his story pretty much stays the same. His movies have always been a mindless thrill ride. That is Terminator Salvation.

The story: It is the year 2018. John Connor has grown up to a bat-man-like with tough voice. He is serious and leads a team to destroy terminators and Skynet. There is one mysterious guy named Marcus who does not know why he is in the year 2018. Can Connor trust him? There will be some mild twists. The action starts with a bang. Explosions, chase scenes and one-to-one fights scenes with terminators. They are intense. There were times that made my heart pounded like scenes where MCG aimlessly put loud music in almost silent parts. The music is good but not as epic as the past movies like Terminator 2.

Overall: It is a mindless action movie where almost all of the characters have only one goal in mind. Action is good and intense with explosions. Terminators' fans will definitely flock the cinema to see whether it is worthy to be in the name of terminator. MCG's fans will be proud that he has done a good job. Whether it is not like a terminator film, it will still be included in the terminator series. There may be a sequel or not...


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