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Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

Movie
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In Theatres: 
May 20, 2009
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 10 Minutes

The year is 2018. Skynet has become self-aware and the war between machines and humans rages on. This is the same war we have seen in all the previous films. It is the reason why the Terminator was travelled back in time to keep John Connor from being born. It is the beginning of the end. The only question is, whose end? 
 
Christian Bale stars as the grown up John Connor, who has become the leader of the resistance against Skynet. With the knowledge of the future (past?) from tapes his mother recorded, John and the rest of the team is on the verge of victory. Unfortunately for them, the war becomes a whole new ballgame when they learn of the new Terminator, the T-800. This newer model has human flesh and blood, able to disguise itself and infiltrate among them. Played by Sam Worthington, Marcus Wright is shown to keep his free will as part of his human side. 
 
The mission is now clear; Kyle Reese, who is just a teenager. Both John and Skynet know the importance of him and how he is key to the war. In a last ditch effort to win the war, all the Terminators are programmed to find and kill Reese. All but one that is... 
 
We've only seen glimpses of this war in the first and second Terminators and now we will actually see how it all plays out and it is just as chaotic as we have come to expect. No longer do we only see a single Terminator but a massive arm of machines. There are aircrafts, motorcycles, machine gunners, and all sorts of other creations of Skynet bent on destroying the human race. The coolest part? Watching John Connor hack into a motorcycle Terminator and then drive away. 
 
Christian Bale as the heroic John Connor was somewhat of a let down. During the action sequences, he was pretty spectacular but aside from those, he seemed a bit too much. Everything was way over dramatic and out played. And that voice. I could help but bring back memories of a raspy Bruce Wayne. One surprise was Anton Yelchin as the teen Kyle Reese. He was the star of the film, acting exactly as you would expect Michael Biehn would as a teen. It's interesting to see Sam Worthington as a Terminator with actual emotion, rather than the stoic Arnold Schwarzenegger of Terminators past. Speaking of Arnold, there are plenty of references to the governator and his past role so be on the lookout for those. 
 
Terminator Salvation doesn't quite live up to it's predecessors, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but is sure blows Rise of the Machines out of the water. The action sequences are good and the visual effects are stunning but by the end of the film, you're left with a feeling of neutrality and wondering if this was the Terminator you have been waiting for.

Matt Rodriguez
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