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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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In the novelization, unrelenting combat had aged some of the troops beyond their years, but still they persisted. Some of the soldiers call John Connor a class-A terrorist, Tunney and David are his backups, and Barbarosa was the team's lead technician. Another resistance member is called Chris. Most of the resistance were good at killing, but only a few were good at the technical stuff. Connor is nearly always solemn, he had learned to stay alive by moving fast, and anyone not made of metal and circuitry was a companion to him, although he did consider Marcus a friend after he saved him from a Terminator. John didn't feel much contentment and neither did anyone else in the resistance. He had seen recordings of old weather broadcasts. John wondered in the book if Skynet naming Marcus Wright meant it had developed a macabre sense of humor. John played back several of Sarah Connor's tapes, memorizing them so from her advice he could learn how to fight back against the machines. He considered them a part of him, just as she was, but he missed her for her confidence and assurance that one day humanity would win and Skynet would be defeated, even when things seemed hopeless. John felt Marcus should be destroyed even if he had saved Williams. John acted less indomitable with Kate Brewster. John lapsed more and more into depression as the war raged on; sometimes Kate could bring him out of it, sometimes not, but he could shake off melancholy and become all business again when the need arose. The war had given John permanent frown lines on his forehead. John never backed away from anything. At the base, John's orders were followed more than anyone else's. John was used to not being listened to; he could never understand why. John only understood the rules on the outside because he made them. John's hands were scarred. Not much could unsettle John in the future but the people herded to their deaths did. John had learned that the best way to beat the machines was to turn their efficiency against them. John considered the possibility the machines may go crazy and start shooting at one another. See more »

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When Marcus is repairing the jeep and they start driving away he doesn't clamp down the hood with the two hood latches on the outside of the hood. Yet while they are escaping the hunter killer you can see the two hood latches secured in place. See more »

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Dr. Serena Kogan: Marcus. How are you?
Marcus Wright: Ask me in an hour.
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Some nice action but where's the tone? Where's the mood? Where's the atmosphere?
31 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The atmosphere that James Cameron and Stan Winston had created for the first 2 films in the franchise is what really hit me and still does to this day. I think that was the key component along with consistency and approach that gave the Terminator film it's unique style and attractiveness. It's metallic-blue overlay, infused with creepy whines of music and heart pounding edge of your seat suspense was what really created this secondary reality if not for only an hour long. It made us have a connection to these characters. A sense of believability in what was really going on. But it was those elements that were able to harness the inner workings of this dark dreamland. In essence the first two Terminators were projected nightmares in a sense, as if you were running and running, but no how fast you ran, the shadowy figure on your toes just keeps closing in. THAT is what made those films so captivating.

Now these elements in one way or another were tried in this newest installment of the franchise. I see it as I've heard before as a "hit and miss" movie in which it got some key features to play out in the film, but lacked that essential tone T1 and T2 romantically portrayed.

I have talked in lengths with individuals on why this film didn't quite hit all of it's projected(we hope) targets and I haven't really heard a clear and analyzed answer. Some say it was the amount of sub-plots that were involved, the lack of plot, the empty character development, the slight cheesy factor, and or the overall weak story and unnecessary additions to the Terminator franchise. Although these all valid arguments to say the least and I would agree on them full heartily, I don't see it as the culprit of the problem here of why this film did not life up to it's expectations.

I think, like I said above in the first paragraph, that it was the direction the film was taken in perspective to it's overall tone and mood. God bless his soul, Stan Winston. For if he were alive I think we would have seen a more polished version of what we have now witnessed. I also think it was a bad part on McG for giving the O.K on the revised Terminator theme by veteran composer Danny Elfman. I don't know why in the hell the screened audiences gave the thumbs up on that one. Another issue of course is that most of the scenes were in broad day-light. I understand that McG wanted to get a different take on the war, but I don't think this was pulled off in any respects to what James Cameron had in mind for the war.(Shouldn't the sky be filled with pollution and dark particle manner from the nuclear explosions creating an ever-dark wasteland?) This was CRUCIAL and they blew it. I don't see why they didn't go with more night scenes. It is one of the strongest representative thematic elements portrayed in the Terminator 1 & 2.(I am not even going to mention T3 because of the ridiculous amount of mistakes made)

The Rating: A main point that needs to be addressed for sure is the film's PG-13 rating. Of course they did this to appeal to a larger demographic of movie-goers, but they did it in expense of the true grit and bones that T1 and T2 had. I don't see why a Terminator film should be even considered for a PG-13 rating. Anything lower than an "R" rating does not do the title justice. The series is called Terminator for a reason...They are killing machines. THAT'S IT. I think that this is one of the biggest insults to the die-hard community of Terminator fans everywhere.

There is no room for Mediocrity in trying to follow up after T2: Judgment Day. Lets hope and pray that us as an online community hold the next bunch of crazies accountable for their creative actions for the next installment of the franchise.


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