115 Min | Action – Drama – Sci-Fi | June 2009
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin
Terminator 4 Salvation Review: Wow, where do we start with a franchise film so rich in history and so riddled with continuity errors? The time line problems began with the very first sequel, directed by Cameron himself, and perpetuated with Terminator 3. why then, is everyone so freaked by time line errors in Terminator 4 Salvation? Depending on which line to which you subscribe, Terminator 4 Salvation still deviates vastly from both sequels and begins a new alternative reality spin all its own. And then there was the highly publicized expletive-filled Bale rant broadcast over and over and over ad nauseum. Upon seeing the film, I can better understand why that happened this is a GRITTY film, full of angst and dancing testosterone. As “worked up” as Bale must have had to have been in order to pull off these angst-filled scenes (one after the other after the next), he exhibited amazing control in not HITTING the guy who blew the scene for him.
That brings us to the movie. Well, yes, there are problems with it, and many state that Terminator 4 Salvation brings little to the franchise history and instead contributes to the growing list of errors and problems with the franchise. This work, demonstrates an intent to give us millions of machines marching en masse on human survivors in the attempt to quell a birthrate upsurge of the pestilence which has somehow managed to take control of its world mankind. The promise for something better is not only present due to how little this movie actually contributes, but by the actions and deeds therein.
There are several contrivances, and truthfully they were rewriting the script as it was being filmed due to Bale’s demands, but all in all (and all things considered), this is an enjoyable film that not only is better on second viewing, but manages to ingratiate itself into the library of Terminator franchise films (or will when it’s out on DVD in an unrated, extended director’s cut edition, that is). Terminator 4 Salvation is better than expected, and was far less disappointed in comparison with the Star Trek reboot.