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Terminator Salvation (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, 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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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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Blair slides down a chain with bare hands. This is impossible - it would rip her hands open. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Serena Kogan: Marcus. How are you?
Marcus Wright: Ask me in an hour.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Enjoyable ride, not quite there but lots of fun...
21 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was actually rather surprised that this film was as enjoyable as it was. After reading several scathing reviews I was very worried going into this film. Overall I had a good time watching it.

Now I should preface this with the fact that I am a huge fan of the Terminator films/franchise. I think that overall the look was amazing, the action and CG were great and the acting was mostly good. I think the film suffered from not enough character development and I think that McG was on the right track, but needed a tighter script and story to work with. You can tell in the film that he is a fan of the first films... I definitely got a kick out of all the throw backs to the films. Not just the obvious ones like the music choices or one liners, but also subtle things like single handed shotgun cocking or single handed pipe blows, or the choice of settings and shots.

I have to say that Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese did a fantastic job. He was probably my biggest worry in the film as Michael Biehn's, Kyle Reese is probably my favorite character in anything ever, so basically he had big shoes to fill. Well I didn't think it possible, but he actually made me love that character even more. So mad props to him. Again I think this was a very valiant effort by McG, he needs to work out a couple kinks for the next films, which I really he gets the green light on.

Basically there are a few of loopholes and inconsistencies which could bring you down if you linger too long on them, but if you are able to get past that it is definitely worth watching. But those are in all the films, even the second has some. (I'm not saying it's better than, so don't stone me!) In short I had a lot of fun at Terminator Salvation.


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