Terminator Salvation is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic science fiction war film directed by McG and starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. It is the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise. In a departure from the previous installments, which were set between 1984 and 2003 and used time travel as a key plot element, Salvation is a post-apocalyptic film set in the year 2018, fifteen years after the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It focuses on the war between Skynet’s machine network and humanity; the remnants of the world’s military have organized as the Resistance, fighting against Skynet’s killing machines. Bale portrays John Connor, Resistance fighter and central character to the franchise, while Worthington portrays cyborg Marcus Wright. Terminator Salvation also featured Anton Yelchin as a young Kyle Reese, a character first introduced in The Terminator, and the film depicts the origin of the T-800 (Model 101) Terminator.

Directed by McG
Produced by
  • Derek Anderson
  • Moritz Borman
  • Victor Kubicek
  • Jeffrey Silver
Written by
  • John Brancato
  • Michael Ferris
  • Uncredited:
  • Jonathan Nolan
  • Paul Haggis
Based on Characters
by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
Starring
  • Christian Bale
  • Sam Worthington
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Moon Bloodgood
  • Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Common
  • Michael Ironside
  • Helena Bonham Carter
Music by
  • Danny Elfman
  • Themes by:
  • Brad Fiedel
Cinematography Shane Hurlbut
Edited by Conrad Buff
Production
company
  • The Halcyon Company
  • Wonderland Sound and Vision
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • (North America)
  • Columbia Pictures
  • (International)
Release date
  • May 21, 2009
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million[1]
Box office $371.4 million[2]