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Terminator Salvation [2009] (1 disc)

Writer:John D. Brancato
Michael Ferris
Composer:Danny Elfman
Length:115 minutes
(1 hour 55 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:SciFi
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IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:32%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Skynet has destroyed civilization as we know it. In this world, John Connor finds he must reluctantly rely on a former convict.

Reaction: Fun. It isn't the deep opus that T2 was, but what is. This one has some fun action even if at times certain parts are a bit nonsensical.

Personal Rating: 7/10

McG => Director
John D. Brancato => Writer
Michael Ferris => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Anton Yelchin => Kyle Reese
Babak Tafti => Malik
Beth Bailey => Lisa
Brian Steele => T-600 Performer
Bruce McIntosh => Priest
Bryce Dallas Howard => Kate Connor
Buster Reeves => Tunney
Chris Ashworth => Richter
Chris Browning => Morrison
Christian Bale => John Connor
Common => Barnes
Dorian Nkono => David
Dylan Kenin => Turnbull
Greg Plitt => Hybrid Male
Greg Serano => Hideki
Helena Bonham Carter => Dr. Serena Kogan
Ivan G'Vera => General Losenko (as Ivan Gvera)
Jadagrace => Star
Jane Alexander => Virginia
Kevin Wiggins => General Olsen
Linda Hamilton => Sarah Connor (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Ironside => General Ashdown
Michael Papajohn => Carnahan
Moon Bloodgood => Blair Williams
Neil Harbisson => Cyborg (uncredited)
Po Chan => Naima
Roland Kickinger => T-800
Sam Worthington => Marcus Wright
Terry Crews => Captain Jericho
Treva Etienne => Len
Victor J. Ho => Mark (as Victor Ho)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Director McG asked the cast and crew to read the novel The Road by [?] Cormac McCarthy and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick - the basis for Blade Runner - because he wanted them to absorb the bleakness of the world in the novels.
  • Christian Bale is one of seven actors to play John Connor. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the adult John Connor was played by Michael Edwards, the teenage John Connor was played by Edward Furlong and the infant John Connor (who appeared during Sarah Connor's dream sequence of the nuclear attack) was played by [?] Dalton Abbott. Nick Stahl played the fourth John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Thomas Dekker played John Connor in the TV series, [Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles], with [?] John DeVito playing a younger John in a flashback.
  • At one point, the film carried the subtitle "The Future Begins." Coincidentally, the film Star Trek (which opened weeks before Terminator Salvation) used the same saying as a tagline. Actor Anton Yelchin appears in both films.
  • After Claire Danes declined to reprise her role as Kate Brewster, Charlotte Gainsbourg was once attached to star before pulling out due to a scheduling conflict with another film. She was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.
  • Old recordings of Sarah Connor are played in the film, with lines nearly word-for-word from The Terminator. Linda Hamilton voiced the lines herself in an uncredited role.
  • In the original The Terminator Kyle Reese asks the police "What day is it? What year?" Marcus Wright asks the same thing of Kyle Reese at their first encounter.
  • Josh Brolin was asked to play Marcus Wright, but he turned it down.
  • Helena Bonham Carter replaced Tilda Swinton shortly before filming was set to begin. She filmed her role in 10 days.
  • The scars that appear on post Judgment Day John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines are a direct result of the final climactic scene in this movie which the molten hot T-800 scratches John Connor's face in their confrontation at SkyNet Central.
  • This is the second franchise that both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christian Bale have both been involved in, without ever appearing together. They have both also appeared in the [Batman] films.