Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Terminator Salvation (2009)

Directed by McG

Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood

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As a big fan of the franchise, I found this one to be extremely faithful to the storyline and a nice continuation of the story, with all the appropriate homages to the previous films. But I really would have liked to see Connor sending Reese back in time at the very end of the film as the last remaining string to tie up and neatly drawing everything to a close. It feels like any subsequent films from this point will be a bit of a stretch.

A few dramatic liberties are taken, including SkyNet not checking Wright’s programming to make sure he was OK (use Norton Antivirus?), a T-800 not snapping Connor’s neck when it had the chance, and open-heart surgery with a screwdriver in the middle of a dusty field. But overall, the story holds up, and the action and effects are top-notch.

Performances are great all around. Bale pulls it off, and Sam Worthington’s Marcus was excellent. Nice to see Ironside in a very Ironside role. And seeing a CGI Arnold back in his familiar role was, surprisingly, wonderful.

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