Action Sci-Fi - Like the previous three films and the television spin-off, this is a
science fiction action film, but unlike those this is set in the
apocalyptic future. Christian Bale fans may be disappointed that he
doesn't have as much screen time as co-star Sam Worthington. While
this film bears a softer PG-13 rating than its R-rated predecessors,
violent action sequences may be too intense for younger children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Terminator: Salvation, like its immediate predecessor, is enjoyable and contains some top-notch action sequences, but it seems extraneous.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 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.
USA TodayFull Review Average Director McG (both Charlie's Angels movies) is all about visuals and creating an ominous sense of disorientation, but he's not as deft with storytelling or eliciting performances.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 83 moviegoers:
TEENS:Males loved it! Only a few rated it as low as "Good/Average." Some females loved it and some thought it was just "Good/Average," but most rated it above average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Close to half of the males loved "Terminator Salvation." Most of the rest rated it "Very Good," which equals above average. For this "guys movie," these are very good, but not great reviews. Female reviews are slightly higher than the males.
ADULTS:Great reviews from most of the males, but about 20% were somewhat disappointed. The female reviews are very similar. About 15% of them were disappointed.
Judgment Day has come and gone, leveling modern civilization. An army of
Terminators roams the post-apocalyptic landscape, killing or collecting humans where
they hide in the desolate cities and deserts. But small groups of survivors have
organized into a Resistance, hiding in underground bunkers and striking when they can
against an enemy force that vastly outnumbers them.
Controlling the Terminators is the artificial intelligence network Skynet, which
became self-aware 14 years earlier and, in the blink of an eye, turned on its creators,
unleashing nuclear annihilation on an unsuspecting world.
Only one man saw Judgment Day coming. One man, whose destiny has always
been intertwined with the fate of human existence: John Connor (Christian Bale).
Now the world is on the brink of the future that Connor has been warned about all
his life. But something totally new has shaken his belief that humanity stands a chance
of winning this war: the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger
from the past whose last memory is of being on death row before awakening in this
strange, new world.
Connor must decide whether Marcus can be trusted. But as Skynet adapts new
strategies to end the Resistance forever, Connor and Marcus must find common ground
to take a stand against the onslaught—to infiltrate Skynet and meet the enemy head-on.