Terminator Salvation is the fourth installment within the Terminator saga. It follows the adult John Connor played by Christian Bale of Batman fame. The year is 2018 A.D. and Connor attempts to construct a human resistance force formidable sufficient to win mankind’s war against the machines of post-apocalyptic Earth. John’s certainty regarding humanity’s long term becomes tested with the sudden look of Marcus Wright portrayed by Sam Worthington. Marcus is the mysterious stranger in whose final memory is of themself on death row, waiting to be executed by lethal injection.
Wounded by a magnetic land mine, the Resistance fighters discover that he’s a cyborg with a mechanical endoskeleton along with a human heart. With John’s uncertainty as to whether or not Marcus is an assassin from the near future, he starts to wonder when there is still any hope for humankind as the machines grow more cunning and unpredictable. Marcus thinks he’s human, but John thinks that Marcus may be sent in order to target him, and orders his destruction.
Nevertheless, fighter pilot Blair Williams (portrayed by the lovely Moon Bloodgood) assists Marcus escape from the base. Throughout the pursuit, Marcus saves John’s life from Skynet hydrobots, and the two make an agreement: John will let Marcus go if Marcus will enter Skynet headquarters to save Kyle Reese (John’s teenage dad portrayed by Anton Yelchin) and the other prisoners. When the two are in Skynet headquarters, they discover Skynet’s master plan and also the secrets that could change the tide of the battle against them.
Terminator Salvation has another feel to it. It is not like what we experienced from filmmakers James Cameron (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines). The fourth Terminator film is part of the new breed, almost as though director McG (Joseph McGinty Nichol) had decided to mix Terminator with Mad Max. Gone, mostly, is the time vacationing and the idea of just a single, deadly villain stalking somebody. In their place is a true science — fiction war movie.