THE END BEGINS.
In 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) thinks he has found a way to defeat the deadly machines, but he also needs to track down a teenager (Anton Yelchin) who will be crucial to the future of mankind. The fourth film in the series is the first without Arnold Schwarzenegger, though his T-101 has an ingenious cameo. There are many other such endearing references to the predecessors throughout McG’s surprisingly exciting film, which is well paced, has high production values (featuring a few new terrifying machines), elaborate action sequences and a final showdown that just won’t let up. Bale and Sam Worthington are good, but look too much alike.
2009-U.S. 114 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Derek Anderson, Moritz Borman, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver. Directed by McG. Screenplay: John Brancato, Michael Ferris. Music: Danny Elfman. Cast: Christian Bale (John Connor), Sam Worthington (Marcus Wright), Anton Yelchin (Kyle Reese), Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common… Jane Alexander, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Ironside. Voice of Linda Hamilton.
Trivia: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tilda Swinton were allegedly considered for roles; Josh Brolin as Marcus Wright. This was the last film Stan Winston worked on as a visual effects supervisor. Followed by Terminator Genisys (2015).
Last word: “I wanted to pay my respects [to James Cameron] and let him know the great degree to which the first two ‘Terminator’ films affected me and I wanted his blessing. He wouldn’t give it to me, and said, ‘I’d prefer you to make a good film rather than a bad film and I will have to see the script and see the picture before I give you my opinion.’ I said, ‘Fair enough. I would prefer you made a good ‘Avatar’ rather than a bad ‘Avatar’ and I reserve judgment until I see it.’ We both sort of laughed and shook hands.” (McG, The Telegraph)