Terminator Salvation

Theatrical Release: May 21, 2009
Terminator Salvation


In the highly anticipated new installment of “The Terminator” film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

Dove Review

This film continues the story which was begun and spread out over three previous films. In this one John Connor is played very well by Christian Bale. Bale plays him as a decisive leader who still retains his humanity and compassion. Skynet is now beginning to fight against humanity with great strength in the year 2018 as it is turning out terminators in abundance. One of the main plots of the film surrounds John Connor’s need to secure the safety of a teenage Kyle Reese, his future father, or Connor will cease to exist. One of the charms of the film is hearing Linda Hamilton’s voice as Sarah Connor, and seeing the photograph of her as originally seen in the first film. Also, a terminator looking exactly like Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up for a pivotal scene. Some of the original music is retained as well. The young man who plays Kyle Reese looks and sounds like the Kyle Reese featured in the first film. The film also features a nice theme of “having a second chance”.

Unfortunately, there is a scene in which a character curses another character with a “Da*n him” and Dove does not award our Seal to films which feature this phrase. In addition, there is other strong language and the violence was almost non-stop. It hit a rating of three in violence which also prevents us from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing.
Language: "Da*n him"-1; B-1; A-1; H-4; G/OMG-2; S-3; PO-1; SOB-3; F-1
Violence: Although not much (but some) of the futuristic violence is bloody, there is continual violence in the film; explosions; blood on man's head; many of the terminator machines shot and destroyed; fights between men and machines; a terminator shoots its own leg off to free itself; a man is scratched on hand; another man is scratched on face with some resulting blood; gun held on man; people snatched up by large machines with claws; it's implied a couple of men are going to rape a woman but another man beats them up; woman shoots man in leg; man steps on land mine; character shot in leg; some of the land and trees are destroyed; a terminator pulls man into river; sub is destroyed; man struck in middle by pipe and some blood is seen; large headquarters blown up.
Drugs: A couple of shots of a needle in arm.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: A man convicted of murder is put to death by lethal injection; hungry people talk of eating two-day-old coyote.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris
Producer: Derek Anderson
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 115 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter