Terminator Salvation 2009
American science fiction action film directed by McG and
starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington
Cast Christian Bale
as John Conner Sam Worthington
as Marcus Wright Moon Bloodgood
as Blair Williams
as Kyle Reese Bryce Dallas Howard
as Kate Conner Common
as Barnes Helena Bonham Carter
as Dr. Serena Kogan
as the T-800 Model 101 Jadagrace Berry
as Star Michael Ironside
as General Ashdown
as Captain Jericho Linda Hamilton
as Sarah Conner
Filmed in New Mexico
Directed by McG
Budget 200 million
May 21, 2009
"All Is Lost"
"The Harvester Returns"
"Reveal / The Escape"
"Marcus Enters Skynet"
"Rooster" (Alice in Chains)
When Terminator Salvation was announced in 2007,
it immediately faced high expectations. The first two
Terminator films are considered science fiction
classics along with Star Wars, Alien, and
Blade Runner, and the third film is hailed as a
worthy addition to the franchise.
Taking a Chance
Unlike the first three films, Salvation takes
place in the future rather than present day California.
The setting is a huge departure for the series, and the
Halcyon Company signed on McG, a relatively unknown
director, to lead production of the film.Christian
Bale, Sam Worthington, and Michael Ironside are all
respected actors, but they lack the star power of the
Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of the acting world.
Other members of Salvation's cast include Anton
Yelchin and Moon Bloodgood, who were practically unknown
before the movie was released.
Clearly, the Halcyon Company, Warner Brothers, and Sony
were all taking a substantial risk with the movie. While
the Terminator name would generate some revenue,
the $200 million budget meant any mediocre reviews and poor
turnout would turn the movie into a financial disaster.
A Critical Success
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone and Joe
Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal both
applauded the film for its plot, acting, and special
effects. Of Sam Worthington's performance as Marcus
Wright, Peter Travers wrote that the actor "... is star
material as a machine with a conscience," and the entire
film "manages to blend action and feeling."
of being confined by the franchise's classic time travel
template, the film finds John Connor and the remainder
of the human resistance fighting a losing war against
Skynet. The leadership is hiding aboard a nuclear
submarine, and human industry is all but nonexistent.
Outnumbered and outgunned, the future of humanity looks
both grim and short, and we finally get to see the robot
apocalypse first shown in Terminator.
The apocalypse is a popular theme in recent movies and
TV shows - The Road, World War Z, and
The Walking Dead all come to mind.
Terminator Salvation takes thirty years of cinematic
history and blends it into a smart action film that
takes the franchise into new territory without
abandoning what made it memorable in the first place.
Although time travel is not directly addressed in the
film, John Connor ends up leading a rescue mission to
liberate Kyle Reese from Skynet. Fans of the series will
remember Kyle Reese as the first film's protagonist, who
ends up fathering John Connor nearly 15 years prior to
was a huge financial gamble, but it ended up generating
significant revenue at the box office. The movie's $200
million budget makes it one of the most expensive movies
ever produced, but it earned back its entire production
budget with an impressive $170 million to spare. With
this film's financial success, we're sure to see the
next installment in the Terminator franchise
within the next few years.
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