This is the fourth movie in the Terminator saga.
The film has plenty of action, but the story is thin and clumsy. John Connor is in the movie, but as a character he does not have much to do (mainly screaming and shooting). Christian Bale is a good actor, but his acting skills are nearly not used in the role of John Connor (in theory the role of John Connor could be played by any male actor with big muscles and military jargon). Instead much of the film is about Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington). Marcus Wright is an interesting character in Terminator Salvation, but takes too much screen time (I would like more focus on John Connor who is the leader of the human resistance in the Terminator movies).
The special effects in Terminator Salvation are on a high level, but unfortunately this is not enough to save the movie. Some of the older Terminators in the movie look deadly, while others models look like something from a Transformers movie. Except from T800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger's model), most Terminators in the movie seem pretty harmless (they can throw their victims, but are not able to kill).
Christian Bale was recently asked about what he thinks of Terminator Salvation (on the premiere of Ridley Scott’s "Exodus"). The conclusion was: "It did not work" (Terminator Salvation as a movie).
Originally, Terminator Salvation should have been the beginning of a new trilogy. When the film’s earnings were not as high as expected, the two planned sequels were scrapped.
Although I am not convinced that Terminator Salvation is a good movie, I would still like to see the two planned sequels realised (especially if the storyline was better than in this one). The future war (Skynet vs. humans) is an interesting topic in my eyes.
Spoiler alert: The ending of the movie is totally untrustworthy (John Connor gets Marcus Wright's heart after a heavy fight with a T800). Apparently, director McG did not dare to kill John Connor, as the script originally intended. I know the movie takes place in the future, but a heart transplation in a military hospital on an apocalyptic battlefield is simply too far out for me.
T3 was a low, but Terminator Salvation is not much better, if you ask me.
I still consider T1 and T2 to be the best Terminator movies (both movies had action, character development and well written story lines (this was probably because of James Cameron, since he both wrote and directed both films).
I fear for Terminator Genisys, which is expected to premiere in July 2015 (Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the Terminator franchise).