1 Hour, 55 Minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language.
Christian Bale ... John Connor
Sam Worthington ... Marcus Wright
Moon Bloodgood ... Blair Williams
Helena Bonham Carter ... Dr. Kogan
Anton Yelchin ... Kyle Reese
Jadagrace ... Star
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Kate Connor
Common ... Barnes
Jane Alexander ... Virginia
Michael Ironside ... Gen. Ashdown
In this fourth fourth installment of the popular Arnold Schwarzenegger series that started in 1984, Christian Bale ("The Dark Knight") is the latest "leader of the Resistance"
John Connor, portrayed in "Terminator 2" by Edward Furlong and in "Terminator 3." by Nick Stahl. Bale may have traded in the Batman body armor for a "Road
Warrior"-style outfit for Terminator Salvation, but one thing hasn't changed: he is, once
again playing second fiddle to an Australian actor. In this film it's Sam Worthington, not Heath Ledger.
The previous “Terminator” films took place in the present day, but Terminator Salvation is the first to take place in the future. The year is 2018, Judgment Day has come and gone and human beings are an endangered species. Their only hope against the killing machines produced by Skynet lies with John Connor whose mother saw this day coming. But Conner's faith is shaken with the arrival of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington "Hart's War"), a mysterious stranger whose secret past holds the key to the future.
Christian Bale brings credibility to the role of John Connor, but he lays on the intensity too thick to make him a dynamic personality. But, the movie really belongs to Sam Worthington, who makes Marcus Wright the most interesting character in the film, although Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek") is also fine as the young Kyle Reese, but Bryce Dallas Howard ("The Village"), Common ("American Gangster") and Moon Bloodgood ("Eight Below") as the resistance fighters, barely register.
Director McG ("Charlie's Angels") likes to blow stuff up, and Christian Bale likes to shout a lot, so if a big, loud, action-packed spectacle is all that you're looking for in a summer blockbuster, then this certainly delivers the goods. Otherwise, there's no story or character development, and the screenplay is really weak. Where the earlier “Terminator” films were inventive and imaginative, Terminator Salvation is contrived and derivative and except for the spectacular effects, it's a real disappointment.