First Look: ‘Terminator Salvation’

Dec. 10, 2008 | 7:07 p.m.

'Terminator Salvation'

Here’s a first-look image from one of the most promising films of 2009, “Terminator Salvation.”

Yes, that’s right, I absolutely think the film has the chance to be great, an opinion formed when I visited the set, watched quite a bit of footage and spent time talking to the cast and director McG about the premise and tone of the film. To be candid, I had gone to the New Mexico set with a considerable amount of skepticism but after learning about the grim tale of the film, I’m a true believer … or, at the very least, a true optimist.

This scene shows Christian Bale as the adult John Connor of 2018 where he and humanity are locked in an ugly (and losing) battle with the murderous machines of Skynet. The film opens May 22 and I will be writing a lot more about it between now and then.

— Geoff Boucher


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26 Responses to First Look: ‘Terminator Salvation’

  1. Dylanshane says:

    Terminator 4: Salvation (2009) – Official Trailer 2

  2. Patricia says:

    I like the TV show. It's smart. It says smart things about machines and AI and also about human cruelty vs. machine efficiency.
    I can't see how any movie could possibly be as smart as the TV show, especially not when it's being directed by someone like McG, who cannot tell a decent story to save his life.
    He's going to ruin the adult story being told in the TV show and turn it into the same kind of mindless explosion festival that limits the capacity for thought in the movies.
    The movies live in a thought-free world where it's all black and white and the scripts are so simple-minded that they could have been written by a T888 while his system was rebooting.

  3. Benigna Marko says:

    Love futuristic images and cartoons. Simply incredible how much thought outside the box occurs here. Great. Benigna Marko

  4. Benigna Marko says:

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  5. matt says:

    This will be the dream film and the ones that follow. Every sci fi fan will eat this up and come back for fifths.

  6. Pat says:

    I think it's a mistake to tell the "future" story when Kyle Reese filled us in pretty thoroughly in the first "Terminator." Aside from that, I can't imagine anybody who has the audacity to call himself McG doing ANY kind of serviceable job on a francise as beloved as this. I couldn't sit through more than 2 minutes of either of his "Charlie's Angels" movies; they were just totally unwatchable. That does not bode well for "Terminator 4," and y'all should do well to remember that before getting too excited about this one.
    That said, I'm as hopeful as anybody. I really, really want it to not be bad. "Terminator 3" exceeded my expectations in this regard… not to say it was great; it just more clever than I was expecting. Sometimes lowered expectations can really help a movie out. I just wish the reins of this series had never been taken away from James Cameron. The "Terminator" story is his creation, his baby, and nobody does it even nearly as well as he does. To think that his legacy is now in the hands of some dude who calls himself McG honestly makes me feel a bit nauseous.

  7. Am-I-The-Only-One-Wh says:

    I'm getting SICK of people bashing McG before the movie comes out.There are directors who have started rather poorly, but later went on to do some awesome stuff… Just like some directors who started with greatness have done some crap-fests later in their career. David Fincher did music videos and Alien 3. Alien 3 was not a classic AT ALL. Yet, he's gone on to become one of the greatest directors of our time.
    Give this film and its director a chance.

  8. MJ says:

    For those who say McG can't take what Cameron created and make something good out of it, I want you speculators to remember a director by the name of Irvin Kershner. Remember him? He directed Empire Strikes Back after the success of Star Wars. People were nervous about that too! Now some consider "Empire" to be the best of the 6 movies. My only point is, give it a chance.

  9. DJ says:

    The TV show is NOT smart. It's extremely silly and implausible. I mean, every week some new person or machine is being 'sent back through time.' It's a very weak plot device. "Let's just send the remaining people of the future back to the present so that we can introduce a new character and storyline!" …Bzzzt. Besides, the T-1000 female character turned into a urinal for Christ's sake and one of the leads was a former 90210 actor. McG is beyond this idiotic TV show.

  10. Pete says:

    The "audacity" to call himself McG? What audacity? He's said in interviews that it's a nickname he's had since he was a kid. We're setting rules on what people can and can't call themselves now? In that case, all actors with screen names need to start using their real names.
    It's ridiculous to base your expectations of a movie on the director's name. It's even more ridiculous that I felt I needed to type up a defense for the guy, but then I guess we just live in ridiculous times.

  11. McJoseph says:

    screw all you haters, don't make this blog about some artsy narcissistic west coast horse-crap. The movie comes out in half a year and already yous guys are nay-sayers. Obviously this McG guy- whoever the hell he is, is pretty talented for two reasons: firstly he was called for the job. Secondly, none of yas were called so shut ya mouths. Maybe the Sarah Connor Chronicles are implausible in relation to the cinema legacy, however, it is nice that Terminator fans have some jerky to chew on, despite its staleness. furthermore, remaining people being sent back in time? 3 billion dies, subtract another 1 billion for senior citizens, hospitalized/handicapped, radiation sickness, etc. and you have two billion healthy soldiers. Anyone can be a soldier, ask Africa- they employ children in their militaries. What we all should be happy about is Terminator 5, considering the fact that the war was shown to be dragged on until 2027 ( on tv.) But one can argue the parallel quantum dimensions created through time travel and stuff like that. Finally, just chillax people and wait for the big dance to start, but before then shut your whiny west coast mouths!

  12. Andrew T Koonce says:

    Have you people forgotten that McG has also made a drama film called We are Marshall? The guy can direct action like nobodies business but he also can do drama. Put those two elements in a Terminator film and BAM we got one hell of movie. But just remember, nobody goes into a Terminator movie excepting anything less than some amazing action. But if the story is solid this will be the film of the summer.

  13. Guy Jones says:

    "Terminator Salvation" has a chance to be great. I'm hopeful. I also hope the production team taken a cue from some of Kyle Reese's flashback scenes in the first "Terminator" movie — the grime, the dirt, the fire burning in the TV set — and make an atmospherically dark film, brimming with a sense of despair and desperation. Humanity should be shown on the brink of extermination. It will be interesting to see the Skynet "work camps" and (I'm assuming) the T-800 exoskeleton assembly line, so brilliantly revealed in the T2 teaser shot by Stan Winston back in 1989.

  14. Bill Ruy says:

    Wow that's one creepy first look. the trailer rocked, although i wish they casted someone less famous…

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  18. Benigna Marko says:

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  19. Benigna Torviso-Mark says:

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