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Terminator Salvation (2009)



Critic Consensus: With storytelling as robotic as the film's iconic villains, Terminator Salvation offers plenty of great effects but lacks the heart of the original films.

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The fourth installment of the Terminator series follows an adult John Connor (played by Christian Bale) as he attempts to organize a human resistance force which could prove to be mankind's last true hope in the war against the machines. Opening in the year 2018, Terminator Salvation finds John Connor's certainty about the future shaken by the sudden appearance of a mysterious stranger named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), whose last memory is of sitting on death row and awaiting execution. Unable to determine whether Marcus was sent from the future or rescued from the past, Connor begins to wonder whether there is still any hope left for the human race as the robots grow more powerful and aggressive than ever before. It appears that Skynet is preparing a devastating final attack designed to eliminate the human resistance once and for all, leaving Connor and Marcus with no choice but to strike back at the cybernetic heart of Skynet's operations. Once there, the two battle-scarred soldiers discover a devastating secret regarding the potential annihilation of all humankind. Anton Yelchin fills Michael Biehn's shoes as a young Kyle Reese in the first installment of a planned Terminator trilogy from director McG (Charlie's Angels). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Christian Bale
as John Connor
Sam Worthington
as Marcus Wright
Anton Yelchin
as Kyle Reese
Moon Bloodgood
as Blair Williams
Helena Bonham Carter
as Dr. Serena Kogan
as Barnes
Michael Ironside
as General Ashdown
Ivan G'Vera
as General Losenko
Kevin Wiggins
as General Olsen
Terry Crews
as Captain Jericho
Isaac Kappy
as Barbarosa
Po Chan
as Naima
Greg Plitt
as Hybrid Male
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Critic Reviews for Terminator Salvation

All Critics (282) | Top Critics (70)

It was good, but not great.

September 12, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Missing is Cameron's signature action modification, best exploited in Aliens: the strapping female heroine. McG's testosterone-juiced world feels a little doomed without her.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It brings me very little joy to report that this version of the popular Terminator franchise is silly, obtuse, and pointless.

May 6, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Terminator Salvation leaves me thinking it's a rock solid post-apocalyptic action picture that bends over backwards to make itself fit to a pre-existing mythology.

August 11, 2009 | Rating: B+
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For once I found myself hankering for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

June 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

McG has sparked a moribund franchise back to life, giving fans the post-apocalyptic action they've been craving since they first saw a metal foot crush a human skull two decades ago.

June 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Terminator Salvation


A very good addition to the series, better than the 3rd. Full of near non-stop action through out. A whole new range of terminators are on show and there are some great SFX/ action scenes. Some might not like the plot as it does differ from the first 3 where the action is pretty much one on one. This is very much a full on war. Go see it.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

This pointless sci-fi action war film doesn't add anything new to the universe of the series but is neither an embarrassment. In fact, the only thing that makes up for its sheer inconsistencies and lack of emotional resonance is Sam Worthington's complex character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Boring, boring, and more boring. That is the one word I will always use to describe the fourth instalment in the "Terminator" franchise. "Not having Arnold back" really left this film stale, although Christian Bale and Anton Yelchin do bring enough enjoyable charisma to the table. Much further down the line after the third instalment, Judgement Day has happened and we get to see the world crumbling around them as Skynet and technology in general has taken over the planet. Throwing in one-liners that relate to the original film and having terrible cameos were pretty much the only things keeping this film connected to it's predecessor's, and that is a big problem for me. If you watch this film as a summer blockbuster you may find yourself having a blast watching the action and not caring about the story, but that is about the most credit I can give it. Since "T2: Judgement Day," these films have been going downhill very, very fast. What's next? Probably nothing good.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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