"Terminator Salvation" is the fourth installment of the science fiction franchise "Terminator".
When "Terminator Salvation" was released, the original movie was already 25 years old. Also its superb sequel, "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" had several years under its belt. However, "Terinator Salvation" still tries to benefit from an overused concept. While the first two movies were masterful, the third movie was underwhelming. Now, "Terminator Salvation" has an even lower level than its preceeder.
The idea is not bad: it involves about the future, depicting the events that were only discribed in its preceeders. It particularly is the opposite to the opposite movie. But unfortunately, the result is nothing more than a bad, overblown action scene. It is really disappointing for there could have been so much more effort put in the script, but unfortunately the focus is set on explosions, Transformers-like robots and more things you would rather expect from a Michael Bay movie rather than from a Terminator movie.
There are no memorable lines, performances or scenes, the music though being composed by Danny Elfman) is not that good, and, worst of all, Arnold Schwarzenegger is gone. Instead, we see a bad stand-in towards the end, who is guaranteed to cause eye-rolling. Another thing is that the special effects are not nearly as impressive and innovative as they were when in 1991 "Termianator 2: Judgemnt Day" was released. They are not bad, but they are neither new nor any fascinating.
In conclusion, everything that made the two original Terminator movies so good is completely missing in this one, making it boring and uninspired.
(SPOILERS may follow:)
This is the least violent Terminator movie. There are no especially brutal scenes, but there are frequent explosions, shootings, Terminators fighting each other, etc.
In one scene, it is revealed that a man is in fact a cyborg, showing his body completely covered in blood and flesh, and revealing his metal skull underneath.
The violence is PG-13, and the movie finally also has this rating (Unlike the first Terminator that had R-violence, the second one that could have been a heavy PG-13 and the third one that should have had a PG-13).
There is one use of the f-word, as well as some milder profanity.
This movie is suitable for viewers 12 and up.