New review: Terminator Salvation

The “Salvation” of Terminator Salvation is ostensibly a reference to the deliverance of the human race from a computer-led extermination, but for the producers of the series revival it’s clearly about resuscitating the original man-versus-machine action franchise.

Christian Bale looks to the future and doesn't like what he sees
Christian Bale looks to the future and doesn't like what he sees

Set in 2018 (after a 2003 prologue with a condemned prisoner signing his body away to scientific experiments – it’s not the last we’ll see of him) with Christian Bale is the adult John Connor, the once and future messiah and the fabled savior of the human race whispered among the scruffy survivors scrambling through the wreckage of the war against humanity, this is supposed to take the series back to its rough and ready roots, or at least a 21st century version of it. It’s McG’s version of the post-apocalyptic war scenes from the James Cameron’s original Terminator flashbacks (flashforwards? Tenses are so tricky in time travel movies).

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