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Terminator Salvation by McG (2009)

I have to admit to never liking any McG films, so even with Christian Bale in the lead, I ended up staying away from this in the theaters and watching it on Blu-ray via netflix. And I can honestly say at least I did not see it on DVD, because this is pretty visually impressive. Sure it is a popcorn action movie, but is better than I thought it would be, and not about what I thought, especially since Christian Bale isn’t the lead here, Sam Worthington who would go on to do AVATAR is really the lead, and does a very good job here. This is an enjoyable science fiction film, and I would love to see another of these made, but with all the troubles with the rights, somehow I doubt another will be made. It is actually a shame because this is an enjoyable film, with some killer special effects. Well worth checking out.

In 2003, just before Judgment Day, cancer stricken Doctor Seran Kogan (Helena Bonham Carter) who works for Cyberdine Systems get convicted death row inmate Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) to give up his body for science after his execution. A year later Skynet is activated, and most of the Earth is laid to waste, and the machines take over.  Then in the year 2018 resistance fighter John Conner (Christian Bale) leads an attack on an important Skynet base and discovers data about a new type of partially organic terminator. The machines attack again, and the base is mostly destroyed, with John crashing in a helicopter, and his men being destroyed by a huge explosion. The only survivor is Marcus, who does not know how he got there, but walks he toward Los Angeles. Meanwhile John heads to the Resistance headquarters, and old Nuclear Submarine to talk tell General Ashdown (Michael Ironside) about what he found, and what happened. Ashdown does not seem to like John too well, probably because he is revered, and thought of as the true leader of the resistance because of his radio broadcasts to survivors. The Resistance has discovered a radio frequency that they think will shut down Skynet machines at close range, and they plan on using it in a big attack, to stave off an attack on the Resistant command staff they have discovered the plans for. John is also on the list, as well as Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin who went on to play Chekov in the new Star Trek) who John knows to be his father. John returns to his base to test the signal.


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