As the machines prepare for a final attack, John Connor (Christian Bale) and a mysterious stranger (Sam Worthington) delve into the heart of Skynet and uncover a terrible secret involving the annihilation of mankind.
" Writer-director Michael McGowan proves there's a reason people keep making underdog sports movies. "
" It's worth seeking out this bittersweet comedy with its emotionally resonant story and stellar performances. "
" "Terminator Salvation" promised moviegoers a war between the human heart and the cold, cruel efficiency of machines. So why then is it so mechanical itself, so good at repetition, so preprogrammed and clunky? "
" McG, a music video maven whose previous credits include the Charlie's Angels movies, directs the action passably well. "
" T4 is a mixed bag, but it's not f------- amateur. "
" The digital effects are mostly quite dazzling-not just the depictions of towering marauders...but a memorably scary sequence in which a little serpentine robot that's been taken captive thrashes furiously to save its nonlife. "
" A good summer movie isn't just an uninterrupted crescendo of cacophony. You need stuff in between the fireballs and the cyborgs. "
" A shambolic, deafening, intelligence-insulting mess, a crushing failure on almost all counts. "
" Intensity need not be the enemy of personality, but in Bale's work it too often has been. "
" It brings me very little joy to report that this version of the popular Terminator franchise is silly, obtuse, and pointless. "
" It's a fun time at the movies. "
" Message to Hollywood: Stop with the time-travel stuff. "
" One could argue Connor's grim demeanor is precisely what a global disaster demands. But Bale's turn has a bass-note feel that is anti-charismatic. "
" Skynet may not have ensured its own future, yet. But their robots have clearly made serious inroads in our movies. "
" Terminator Salvation is a confused, humorless grind, with nobody, from the stars to the set designers, prepared to prick its self-importance. "
" Terminator Salvation is so programmed, so impersonal, that it practically dares you to warm to its characters. "
" The latest installment in the venerable sci-fi action franchise turns out to be a straight-up war film, grim and muscular and thundering and joyless. It's the color of cement, and it weighs as much, too. "
" The movie's only unmitigated pleasure is a too-brief fight scene between Connor and a naked combatant made up to look precisely like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the relentless cyborg of the first three installments. "
" The Terminator franchise was built on thrills, imagination, narrative, emotion, believability, character development and watchability. Terminator Salvation has plenty of thrills. "
" This is the worst big budget summer release I've seen in some time. "
" Too bad Schwarzenegger is otherwise occupied these days. "
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