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Terminator Salvation (2009)

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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 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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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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Trivia

(at around 25 mins) In the original The Terminator (1984) Kyle Reese asks the police "What day is it? What year?" And one of the first things Marcus Wright says to Kyle Reese is "What day is it? What year?". See more »

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(at around 6 mins) During the opening attack on the Skynet facility, there is a POV shot of a missile heading towards a target at North 36 deg, 17 mins, 22 secs and East 117 deg, 15 mins, 23 secs. Those coordinates are in Eastern China, south of Beijing, an unlikely target for Connor's team to travel to. However, if the eastern coordinate of 117 deg is changed to West then the target is in Death Valley, California, a more probable target. See more »

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Dr. Serena Kogan: Marcus. How are you?
Marcus Wright: Ask me in an hour.
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McTerminator
6 July 2009 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

OK, I've questioned some ratings before, but for the most part I usually just let it go very easily. But I'm curious, how in the world, no, universe, does Terminator Salvation get a rating above 7.0? This was 2 hours of my life that I will never get back and I should've known better when I saw a director who's name is "McG" on the screen, James Cameron must be shuddering. This film had so much incredible potential but ended up turning into Action Film 101, I don't even think the title of the movie should have been Salvation, it should have been Terminator: Let's Blow *bleep* Up! The story was so beyond stupid, the effects are way over the top, they also were trying so hard to be liked by the fans that they stole every cool line from the first two terminator films, and what the F was up with Christian Bale bringing his Batman voice back into this movie?! Despite the confusing movie, I'll try to give you a clear enough summary.

In 2003, Dr. Serena Kogan of Cyberdyne Systems convinces death row inmate Marcus Wright to sign his body over for medical research following his execution by lethal injection. In 2018, John Connor leads an attack by the Resistance on a Skynet base. John discovers human prisoners and the plans for the development of a new type of Terminator incorporating living tissue, but is the only apparent survivor of the attack after the base is destroyed in a nuclear explosion. However, Marcus emerges from the wreckage of the base and proceeds on foot to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the Resistance has discovered a radio frequency capable of shutting down Skynet machines. They plan to launch an offensive against the Skynet base in San Francisco in four days, in response to an intercepted "kill list" indicating that Skynet plans to kill the Resistance's command staff in four days' time. John learns that his own name is second on the list, following Kyle Reese. Nobody realizes why they must keep Kyle safe but Conor knows that he must send Kyle back to save the future.

Never have I ever wanted so badly to hurt a director before, I just couldn't believe this movie. Who was the main character? Who was I supposed to root for? Now I was 7 years old when I discovered the Terminator films, can't tell you how they changed my life, they were the reason I adore action movies to this day. But they were also more then action movies, they told incredible stories and were displayed on film in such an excellent way, I just can't tell you how wonderful the experience was. This was just agonizing, I mean, a retarded jellyfish could make a better movie then this. They kept going with a confusing story line to explain everything at the end and by that time I just didn't care. The actors, the story, the effects and setting of the film was just horrible, Terminator Salvation is a shameful movie and if was a person, should be shot.

1/10


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