As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, John Connor embarks on an odyssey that takes him into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where he uncovers the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
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While not the best action movie ever made, it is certainly a better effort than T3 - and another situation where complete snobbery blinds people from enjoying the merits. The acting was mostly wooden as McG seemingly has no idea what to do with actors, but the action sequences were fantastic and, despite the inconsistencies, it was nice to get a glimpse of the post-apocalyptic world that T2 merely touched on.
Grew on me. After "Rise of the Machines," a dopey copycat blindly adhering to formula, the filmmakers dared to take the franchise in an entirely new direction with intriguing results. There's an air of weariness and dread to the proceedings that previous films never took the time to feel out; "Salvation" does consider the rough sides of leadership and transhumanism. Worthington's character is fascinating.
I'm a sucker for the Terminator franchise, so I was really anticipating something of a reboot after the train wreck of T3. The exposition in the first half hour of the film had good pacing and set the right tone of loneliness and devastation, but then the plot just went off the deep end and never came back. Major disappointment.
Has a good stretch of road involving some cool MAD MAX style action, but that along with naked CGI Arnold is about all this movie has to offer. Lots of plot turns that make no sense, a bad Bale performance, and wink-wink moments that make my eyes go roll-roll.
it's good to see that in the future, john connor becomes a blank slated soulless person that speaks in screams or whispers and nothing else. really made me root for the machines the whole time, hoping one would just finish him off. but knowing this movie, the little girl would probably have a back to life potion in her backpack.
"Salvation" is more respectful of the franchise than "Rise of the Machines", and it does try to take the series in a promising new direction. Nonetheless, it's not a very good film. The look is generic, the performances are bland, and the dialogue is horrid. Plus, the over-abundant references to the first films just remind us we should be watching those instead.
We are finally closer to the futuristic landscape that we only got a taste of in the first three films. Christian Bale doesn't surprise anyone with his acting here, but he is still the best John Connor in the series so far. I felt Sam Worthington did an interesting role too and overall this film is more original visually than the third entry. What ruin the film is that it jumps from one action scene to another.