Terminator Salvation (Blu-ray)

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It's a Terminator. What did you expect?

by Ben on 6/11/2010

The movie was entertaining, but there was one glaring flaw in the plot. There is no way a shemale like Edward Furlong would ever grow up to be as awesome as Christian Bale.

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Decent movie

on 1/11/2012

I went into Terminator Salvation with low expectations. After the mess of a movie that Terminator 3 was I was figuring this would be on the same level but I actually enjoyed it. It was no Terminator or Terminator 2 by any stretch of the imagination but at least they did a good job with putting a new spin on the franchise.

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In the aftermath of Judgment Day and the takeover by the machines, John Connor (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight), the destined leader of the human resistance, must counter Skynet's devastating plan to terminate mankind. As Connor rallies his underground street fighters for a last, desperate battle, he realizes that to save the future he must rescue his own father, Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek). But the most shocking discovery comes with the arrival of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington, Avatar), a mysterious loner from the past who challenges Connor with an impossible choice that will determine the future of the human race - leading them both on a brutal journey into the very heart of the enemy.

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Studio Warner
SKU 212199129
UPC 883929049387
UPC 14 00883929049387
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/26/2015
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Widescreen  2.40:1
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Review Terminator: Salvation does not seem like a Terminator movie, at least when compared to what we have experienced from filmmakers James Cameron (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines). This fourth Terminator is a different breed with a divergent feel, almost as if director McG (n?e Joseph McGinty Nichol) had decided to fuse Cormac McCarthy's The Road with Transformers. Gone (at least mostly) are the time travel paradoxes and the concept of a single, indestructible villain. In their place is a futuristic war movie. With its idea of an insurgency striking against an implacable evil empire, there's more than a little Star Wars in Terminator: Savlation, although not even at its Empire Strikes Back bleakest was Lucas' series this dark...By radically destaturating color, sometimes to the point where scenes are almost black-and-white, McG develops a strong post-apocalyptic aesthetic. It's a lot like the (recent) TV series Battlestar Galactica, where everything was dark and grimy, and bright colors rarely made appearances. One could argue that McG overdoes it a little, but he's clearly not averse to traveling down potentially unappealing roads. The faux note of hope injected at the film's end does little to dispel the fact that, if the humans win the war, the price is going to be astronomical...Perhaps the ultimate problem with making more Terminator movies is that the entire story was told by Cameron in the first two movies and the subsequent sequels, including this one, have been struggling to explore corners where the time travel contrivance allows for flexibility and interpretation. Terminator: Salvation, like its immediate predecessor, is enjoyable and contains some top-notch action sequences, but it seems extraneous. This is everything a good summer movie should be and, while it does not dishonor the Cameron chapters of the saga, neither does it prove to be an indispensable adjunct to them.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
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Review Darker, grimmer and more stylistically single-minded than its two relatively giddy predecessors, Terminator Salvation boasts the kind of singular vision that distinguished the James Cameron original, the full-throttle kinetics of Speed and an old-fashioned regard for human (and humanoid) heroics. Only pic's relentlessly doomsday tone -- accessorized by helmer McG's grimy, gun-metal palette -- might keep auds from flocking like lemmings to the apocalypse. The fourth in the celebrated sci-fi series, Salvation opens and closes with humanity at war with the machines. In other words, this thing isn't going to end soon. Nor should it, if it keeps on like this...Christian Bale, playing the "prophesized leader of the Resistance" John Connor, may have traded in the Batman body armor for Road Warrior-style outerwear, but one thing hasn't changed: He is, once again, a movie star playing second fiddle. Heath Ledger stole The Dark Knight away from him and Sam Worthington (who will appear in Cameron's Avatar this Christmas) heists Terminator Salvation from Bale, for the most ironical of reasons: In a movie that poses man against machine, Worthington's cyborg is the far more human character...McG's direction is always intelligent. (He does seem to have a thing for The Great Escape, which is referenced several times.) The script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris occasionally goes off the rails. Certainly, their insertion of an existential dilemma for Marcus -- "I need to find out who did this to me," he says, his chrome-plated plumbing having been exposed to the open air -- feels very late-inning...And the obligatory borrowing from the previous movies ("Come with me if you want to live," "I'll be back ...") tend to upset the mood created within McG's bleached-out world, which is very deliberate and doesn't need the comic relief...There are great bits though: The thrashing, centipede-like, killer-snake thingie, which has the personality of a wolverine, is a neat invention. So are the biker Terminators, which molt like malignant pinecones off their towering mother 'bot. A Schwarzenegger lookalike -- it isn't clear whether it's the ex-actor CGI'd or a complete fabrication -- is funny, but in this case apt
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Reviewer John Anderson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review One of Hollywood's oldest axioms teaches us: The story comes first. Watching Terminator Salvation, it occurred to me that in the new Hollywood, the storyboard comes first. After scrutinizing the film, I offer you my summary of the story: Guy dies, finds himself resurrected, meets others, fights. That lasts for almost two hours...The action scenes, which is to say, 90 percent of the movie, involve Armageddon between men and machines 10 years in the future. The film's most cheerful element is that they've perfected artificial intelligence so quickly. Yes, Skynet is self-aware and determines to wipe out humankind for reasons it doesn't explain. A last-ditch resistance is being led by John Connor, or "J.C." for you Faulkner fans...The first Terminator movie I regret (I suppose) I did not see. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) was a fairly terrific movie, set in the (then) future, to prevent the nuclear holocaust of 1997. You remember that. It was about something. In it, Edward Furlong was infinitely more human as John Connor than Christian Bale is in this film...Schwarzenegger, indeed, reappears in this fourth film, thanks to a body double and a special-effects face, which makes him, I think, a cyborg of a cyborg. His famous line "I'll be back" is uttered by one John Connor or another, and I hope it draws more chuckles than it did at the screening I attended. Why, those immortal words are chiseled into granite, or at least into the lobby floor at the AMC River East theaters...If there is one wholly sympathetic character, that would be Blair Williams, played by the fragrant Moon Bloodgood. She murmurs some tender words at the 45-minute mark, representing the most complex dialogue up to that point. Dr. Serena Kogan (Helena Bonham Carter) has a longer speech, but you can't be sure it's really her, and she may have been lying...Anyway, most of the running time is occupied by action sequences, chase sequences, motorcycle sequences, plow-truck sequences, helicopter sequences, fighter-plane sequences, towering android sequences and fistfights. It gives you all the pleasure of a video game without the bother of having to play it.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
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Bob Mondello, NPR ...breathless and nerve-jangling.
Mickey McMonagle, Sunday Mail This is the film Terminator fans have been desperate to see. There's a damn good film here.
Patrick Parker, Premiere Magazine ...entertaining movie experience.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine McG pulls out all the stops.

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