Terminator Salvation (2009)

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A man on death row donates his body to science, little knowing he would reawaken in the midst of a war between mankind and machine.

The fourth film in the Terminator franchise, Salvation is set after the bombs have dropped and as such is the one a large proportion of the terminator fan base has been wanting pretty much since the beginning. Lifting some ideas from Robocop and even the Battlestar Galactica series, the newest addition to Skynet’s arsenal is a bit of a stretch to the credulity but I think this – like Rise Of The Machines and Alien Resurrection – is the kind of film that depends entirely on how you approach it. You can pick holes in the plot if that is your wont, but I personally preferred to sit back and enjoy the ride. The cast aren’t exactly inspired but to be honest they didn’t really have much to do as the special effects are definitely the stars of this film. There is some particularly nice production design adding some different types of terminator to the mix and the action sequences are really well done. It did miss a focal baddie in the vein of Schwarzenegger or Robert Patrick, and the lack of a time travel element made it feel more like a generic sci-fi action movie than a terminator film.

As a whole I think that if you want to like it you will, and if you don’t you won’t. I wanted to and I did.

6.5/10

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