Byte-Size TheTerminatorFans.com Review:
Lacking character development and heart; Salvation misses the most important elements of a true Terminator movie. Whilst this movie has many possibilities it fails to capitalize on the necessary motivations of the first two movies. There is not enough here to captivate the viewer as the film swiftly moves from scene to scene,- quickly pushing the story onwards without enough back-story or intent. There is no fear.
It’s an okay movie… just not a Terminator movie.
Picture a world devastated by apocalyptic terror, it’s 2018 and our hero John Connor (Christian Bale) is the man destined to lead a band of rebels against SkyNet and the seemingly indestructible army of Terminators.
Things are about to take a turn unpredicted in the previous instalments, enter Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) a man whose past has been lost and the only memories he can recall are of being on Death Row. Our hero must decide if Marcus is a man brought back from the future or saved from the past.
As the egomaniacal SkyNet begins a battle that may destroy any hope of a future, John and Marcus forge steadily onwards in an effort to save mankind from a life lived without freedom.
But there is a terrible secret lurking at the cold heart of the machines..
Terminator Salvation Information:
Directed by: McG | Produced by: Jeanne Allgood, Derek Anderson, Moritz Borman, Mario Kassar, Victor Kubicek, Dan Lin, Joel B. Michaels, Jeffrey Silver, Andrew G. Vajna | Written by: John Brancato, Michael Ferris, Paul Haggis, Jonathan Nolan, Shaun Ryan, and Anthony Zuiker (screenplay) -James Cameron (characters) + Gale Anne Hurd (characters) | Music by: Danny Elfman – Brad Fiedel (themes) | Cinematography: Shane Hurlbut | Editing by: Conrad Buff | Studio: The Halcyon Company – Wonderland Sound and Vision | Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures (United States), Columbia Pictures (international) | Release date(s): May 21, 2009 (2009-05-21) (US) 5th June 2009 (UK) | Running time: 115 minutes | Country: United States | Language: English | Budget: $200 million | Gross revenue: $371,353,001
Christian Bale: John Connor, Linda Hamilton: The Voice Of Sarah Connor, Roland Kickinger & Arnold Schwarzenegger: T-800, Sam Worthington: Marcus Wright, Anton Yelchin: Kyle Reese, Bryce Dallas Howard: Kate Connor, Moon Bloodgood: Blair Williams, Common: Barnes, Jadagrace: Star, Helena Bonham Carter: Serena, Chris Ashworth: Richter, Chris Browning: Morrison, Michael Ironside: General Ashdown, John Trejo: Salvation Soldier, Dylan Kenin: Turnball, Alan D Purwin: Helicopter Pilot, Michael Papajon: Carnahan T-600 (Suit Performer) – Brian Steele
This movie introduced us to the T-600 Terminator mentioned by Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) in the first Terminator movie. Overall we feel the overall representation of the T-600 was flawed to say the least. The rubber masks were supposed to be rubber skin and the rediculous size of the Terminator Unit would not be passible for human (except at distance). This was supposed to be an infiltrator of some kind not a giant.
Also with the movie being Rated PG-13 This particular scene saw CGI removing the mask (most likely deemed too creepy for kids) and replacing it with an action figure smiley faced version of the machine.
TERMINATOR SALVATION TRIVIA:
- Six actors have played John Connor: In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) the adult John Connor was played by Michael Edwards, the teenage John Connor was played by Edward Furlong and the infant John Connor (Sarah’s dream sequence) was played by Dalton Abbot. Nick Stahl played the fourth John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines (2003). Thomas Dekker is the actor currently playing John Connor in the television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) and Christian Bale as John in the new trilogy.
- This is the first Terminator film not to star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Earl Boen is also absent for the first time unless McG has a surprise cameo.
- McG asked the cast to read: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”- the base idea of Blade Runner.
- Claire Danes turned down the chance to reprise her role as Kate Brewster, Charlotte Gainsbourg was set to take up the role until a scheduling conflict with another film arose, meaning she was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.
- Josh Brolin was offered the role of the Terminator but declined the opportunity.
- Director McG instructed the cast to read the novel: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men) as he wanted them to absorb the bleak world landscaped in the story.
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