All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
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An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
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This movie makes no sense at all the script and plot is such a mess the acting is bad the action is pretty boring and the movie actually gets worse as it goes along i find no enjoyment in this movie at all the special effects are ugly the color pallet is also very ugly and it's pg-13 the first three were rated r you can't just go to pg 13 just like that but i have noting else to really say sorry.
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Ever since Kyle Reece explained to Sarah Connor what the future would look like when the machines ruled the Earth, Terminator fans have been desperate to see more of those dark, gritty, laser-filled scenes that James Cameron dropped into the first two movies. Now, we finally get to see a whole movie showing us what the future world would look like. And it basically looks about as much as James Cameron's original vision as Christian Bale looks like Edward Furlong, not bothering to retain either the look or feel of what has gone before.'Terminator: Salvation' is the film that fans asked for, but didn't ask for the way they got it. While it was made, the Terminator himself was busy running the state of California, so couldn't really reprise his role (and don't get me started on any CGI work used to correct this – it really isn't up to the 'Rogue One' standards we're now used to). However, that's not so bad, as the story isn't just about the indestructible machine of metal, but also the Connor family, so most people were relieved that a decent actor like Christian Bale was going to be playing John Connor. Unfortunately, the film takes the weird route not to follow him, instead choosing to be mainly about Sam Worthington's character – a death-row inmate who somehow wakes up in the future and also helps trash a cyborg or two. I won't spoil too much of Worthington's character, especially as the trailer basically did that for me. However, I will say that this film would have been a damn sight better if it simply omitted his character completely. I'm not having a go at the actor. He did all he could with what he was given. It's just people weren't going to watch this film based on ANY new character – they wanted to see more of the old ones (even if they had been recast!).I could pick out various personal annoyances that I had with this film – the helicopter pilot who wears sunglasses at night, the silent child who's used as a plot device to show how caring our central characters are, or the fact that the end battle completely rips off T2 beat for beat. All of these I could have overlooked if it wasn't for the fact that 'Salvation' completely ignores various plot points that have been clearly stated in previous films. Maybe those not so 'up# on Terminator lore won't notice, but for me I found myself asking too many questions as to why things were happening this way. I know you could say that timelines got changed here and there so things are now different in the future, but, in my opinion, that's just lazy writing and a cop out.There were at least a couple of stand-outs, namely Ashton Yelchen's excellent take on how Michael Biehn portrayed Reece, Skynet City looking pretty cool and the nod to T" by playing Guns and Roses again. However, this film was almost damned before it was released as much of the publicity surrounding it was directed at Christian Bale's bizarre outburst on set at a fellow crew member.I guess that 'Terminator: Salvation' isn't as bad as I'm making out. It's an okay sci-fi/action film. However, because it has the Terminator name attached we – the fans – are just hoping for more than we got. And, if you're interested, you may want to Google it's alternate ending, as it is much darker and interesting than what we got.
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In the prologue we see a convicted killer, Marcus Wright, being asked if his body can be used for an unspecified project after his execution this is in 2003. We then jump forward to 2018 and John Connor is part of a team infiltrating a Skynet facility; they discover plans for the T-800 series of Terminators before everything goes wrong. They are attacked and Connor is the sole survivor from his squad. He is taken to the resistance headquarters where he learns of a plan to attack Skynet after a means of deactivating the machines is discovered. Shortly after the attack on the facility a prisoner, Marcus, escapes. He makes his way to Los Angeles where he meets the young Kyle Rhys. He heads out of town with Kyle and Star, a young mute girl, but the latter to are captured and taken to Skynet Headquarters in San Francisco. Marcus later meets resistance pilot Blair Williams who takes him to Connor here a shocking discovery is made about Marcus. With the attack on Skynet imminent Connor determines that he must save Kyle before the attack.This film is very different to the previous instalments; apart from the prologue it takes place after Judgement Day and John Connor is a leading resistance fighter not merely a target of time travelling Terminators. This post-apocalyptic setting made it feel very different. The action was impressive and almost non-stop; unfortunately this was at the cost of character depth. The story itself is interesting enough and I liked the twist concerning Marcus, probably the film's most interesting character. Sam Worthington does a solid job in the role and Christian Bale was equally solid as Connor. The rest of the cast were pretty good although I was a bit disappointed that Michael Ironside was somewhat underused as the leader of the resistance. The CGI used to make a T-800 look like a 1980's Arnie was rather fun. Overall I'd say this is a decent enough sci-fi action film but I preferred the first three.
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Post apocalyptic Los Angles. The machines have risen. The year is 2018 in "Terminator Salvation".Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this film, it was a nice change of pace for something different,so I'm glad that they chose to do the future war. Trouble was director McG didn't have these three ingredients: First- there was no Arnold.Second- Setting the time frame of the future war in 2018 instead of 2029 sort of ticked off fans. And last but not least, Third- Giving this a toned down PG-13 rating instead of an R rating of what the audience expected.Having said that, I still enjoyed it for what it was.This may contain some spoilers.Marcus Wright, the guy we see in the beginning, of the film set in 2003 is a convict on death-row about be executed for a crime that he possibly committed. But before he is committed he is ask to donate his body to science but it's really Cyberdyne Systems.Fast forward to the future war of 2018, Marcus wakes up in some type of bunker as he exits he sees the world is a cold dark wasteland. He later teams up with a young Kyle Reese as they embark on a journey to find John Connor. Marcus and John form an uneasy alliance for John learns Marcus is cyborg, but uses him to help infiltrate Sky-net's compound. It's flawed but, I think it was at least a little better than T3.I give it a 6/10 a cool fun action movie. If your a fan of the franchise I recommend it.