Terminator Salvation

All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against increasingly dominating militaristic robots.

Year: 2009
Certificate: 12
Director: McG
Starring: Christian BaleSam WorthingtonMoon BloodgoodHelena Bonham CarterAnton YelchinJadagraceBryce Dallas HowardCommonJane AlexanderMichael Ironside

Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/70103524

The second best entry in the Terminator franchise behind the very obvious T2

Given the fairly recent disaster that was “Terminator: Dark Fate” I decided to look back at other entries in the long running franchise to try and pick apart where exactly the series lost direction and after much thought it occurred to me that “Terminator Salvation” was in many ways a tipping point in terms of direction and storytelling which should have revamped the series into an entirely new trilogy.

The story is refreshingly different here and it’s a breath of fresh air. We are taken to a post apocalyptic setting where SKYNET and its machines have actually taken over. We are once again in the company of John Connor this time played by Christian Bale who has accepted his fate as a resistance fighter and carries out attacks against the machines.

While this all sounds familiar I’m sure, the movie does a great job of throwing twists and turns throughout the runtime which forces Connor to question what he thought he knew about the machines and, more specifically, Terminators.

I really can’t hate on this movie. Since seeing the first instalments many years ago the idea of being in the middle of the war against the machines has always fascinated me… and on that it delivers.

We do away with the time travel gimmick of other entries in order to solely focus on the ruins of the future and it’s all the better for it.

It’s not perfect though of course. The CGI can be questionable at times and Sam Worthington, I feel, was an odd choice for his character (no spoilers) he doesn’t sink the experience but he does, for me at least, stick out.

I can’t not recommended this film. It’s a fun smash up of an action movie that I wish had been given the opportunity to go further.

It’s on Netflix, so what have you got to lose?

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  1. Your review lost all credibility when you said this was the second best film in the series, ahead of the very first film.

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