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The Terminator series has always been lucrative, so with each film we became closer to the future Sarah and John Connor fought so long and hard to prevent. In Terminator: Salvation, that future has arrived.

In the aftermath of Judgment Day and the takeover by the machines, John Connor (Christian Bale) is embracing his destiny as leader of the human resistance; he prepares his underground fighters for a final desperate battle to counter Skynet’s plan to destroy mankind. When resistance fighter Blair Williams (Moon Bloodgood) returns to camp with Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), John realizes the future isn’t exactly what he’d expected. But Marcus is the only one that can help John rescue Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) or the future of the resistance will be obliterated before it can begin.

It seems Worthington has become the “it” guy when casting action heroes. His ruggedness and physique make him the ideal choice for a strong saviour and the right choice here. Marcus is mentally more human than machine because he began as a person and not a pile of bolts. However, a debate of humanity similar to the one in T2 is conducted anyway. Bloodgood is a strong female lead that appears to hold her own on screen, though her character does soften near the end. Bale, on the other hand, is recycling his Batman personality, adding little to this epic character.

The inclusion of all major characters involved in the shaping of the future – from John to Kyle to the T-800 – is interesting, but also makes it somewhat predictable. For the franchise to continue, these characters must exist beyond this picture.

The film looks great as CGI continues to evolve, expanding the world and the machine creations. In addition, the introduction to new terminators such as the moto-terminator, harvester and hydrobots is cool as it represents a good creative team that understands and appreciates the history.

Special features include: “The Moto-Terminator,” a look at the collaboration between filmmakers and Ducati; “Re-Forging the Future,” is about reinventing the franchise; and Blu-ray exclusive “Immersive Maximum Movie Mode,” in which director McG hosts an exploration of the Terminator world with picture-in-picture, storyboard comparisons and a Terminator mythology timeline. There are also BD-Live features and a digital copy of the film.