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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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Cast

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 ... David
Beth Bailey ... Lisa
Victor J. Ho ... Mark (as Victor Ho)
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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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Release Date:

21 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,943,726, 22 May 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$125,322,469, 28 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$371,353,001, 28 July 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Skynet's machines don't harm another, sentient or not, unless there's cause, like in Terminator 2 (1991) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
Dr. Serena Kogan: Marcus. How are you?
Marcus Wright: Ask me in an hour.
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If Cameron were dead he would be spinning in his grave.
20 May 2009 | by ffiisshhSee all my reviews

Phenomenal special effects. CGI second to none. Good score. Great sound.

If these are the reasons for you giving up your 10 bucks, then this is the movie for you.

If, however, you enjoy those small luxuries, like a plot; solid performances; character to care about; and a point to it all, you may want to redirect your $10 to something else....anything else.

Don't get me wrong...I am a major fan of the Terminator films. I know them inside and out. I genuinely love these movies (3 was tolerable), but this one is a travesty.

The actors, (particularly Christian Bale) seem to be much more interested in appearing super-cool (very "Matix-esque") and striking a pose for the camera, than actually getting down and delivering convincing performances as people caught up in this future war. (No Oscar Schindler/Liam Neeson performances here.) The result is very card-board-cut-out characters that the audience can not connect with on any appreciable emotional level, which is a shame, considering how well Christian Bale can perform in other films.

Also, the editing pace is way too frenetic at times. I's the new generation of film makers that believe if you can not keep the audience involved in the story or characters, throw a lot of images and sound at such an intense rate, essentially bombard them, that the audience will be convinced they got their dollar's worth.

The film suffers on another level. There was so much anticipation for it's release, and figuring a good cast and the stamp of approval from Cameron's group that this should have turned out fairly decent. This could have been good Science-Fiction. Instead, we get a loud,obnoxious, mindless made-for-MTV video for the masses!


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