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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... John Connor
Sam Worthington ... Marcus Wright
Moon Bloodgood ... Blair Williams
Helena Bonham Carter ... Dr. Serena Kogan
Anton Yelchin ... Kyle Reese
Jadagrace ... Star (as Jadagrace berry)
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Kate Connor
Common ... Barnes
Jane Alexander ... Virginia
Michael Ironside ... General Ashdown
Ivan G'Vera ... General Losenko (as Ivan Gvera)
Chris Browning ... Morrison
Dorian Nkono Dorian Nkono ... David
Beth Bailey ... Lisa
Victor J. Ho ... Mark (as Victor Ho)
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Storyline

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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Action | Sci-Fi

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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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John Connor and Marcus both use a Sony UX which is the small hand-held PDA device they receive information through and use as an interface to some of the systems, this is a micro PC with a 4.5in screen and weighing just over 1lb. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) When John Connor uses a radio playing Guns N' Roses "You Could Be Mine" to attract a motorbike-terminator, the music stops when he catches it. However, the radio can be seen intact in the road and Connor does not switch it off. The moto-terminator could have some carrier wave to disrupt the power of the radio. 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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Alternate Versions

Released on Blu-Ray as an R-rated director's cut with about three minutes of extra footage:
  • When John Connor and company infiltrate the underground base, a sentry robot pops up and is quickly dispatched. This scene was present in the teaser trailer.
  • Extra dialogue between Connor and Ashdown on the submarine. Ashdown points a gun at Connor's head and says he doesn't believe in prophecy.
  • Blair bathes in the rain for a moment then sees Marcus looking at her. She covers herself and Marcus turns away.
  • The scene with the two marauders is more violent. Marcus is actually showing stabbing one of them in the shoulder with a screwdriver, the fistfight with the second guy is longer, and a bloody impact is seen when Blair shoots one of the marauders in the leg.
  • Longer dialogue from Blair during the campfire scene with Marcus.
  • The sequence of the man being shot trying to scale the fence at the Skynet processing center is slightly longer.
  • John Connor's speech to the remaining resistance forces is extended.
  • The fight between the T-800 and Marcus is a few seconds longer.
  • Marcus trying to revive John Connor is slightly longer.
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Connections

Referenced in NCIS: New Orleans: The Terminator Conundrum (2019) See more »

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The Terminator Theme
Written by Brad Fiedel
Used courtesy of StudioCanal
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Enjoyable ride, not quite there but lots of fun...
21 May 2009 | by jora_dynSee 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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$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,558,390, 24 May 2009

Gross USA:

$125,322,469

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$371,353,001
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