The movie, "Terminator Salvation," released in 2009, was the fourth movie in the Terminator film franchise. Directed by American producer and director McG and starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Helena Bonham Carter, it grossed over $370 million worldwide.
While the plots of the previous Terminator movies involved time travel extensively, the majority of "Terminator Salvation" is set in a post-apocalyptic future, with Bale's character John Connor leading the human resistance against the artificial intelligence Skynet and its Terminator robots. Bale was the eighth actor to portray John Connor, including young and older versions of the character in the previous films and the TV series tie-in, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
John Brancato and Michael Ferris, the writers of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," wrote and were credited with the original screenplay, with contributions and rewrites from several others, including Paul Haggis and Jonathan Nolan. Filmed mostly in New Mexico on the Kirtland Air Force Base with a budget of $200 million, "Terminator Salvation" utilized a blend of in-camera and computer special effects, with animatronics as well as digital robots. Danny Elfman composed the soundtrack's musical score.
Released in America in May 2009 with a PG-13 rating, the movie received mostly negative reviews. Its aggregate score of professional critics on the reviewer site Rotten Tomatoes was 33 percent, with complaints that while its effects were convincing, it lacked the emotional power of previous films in the series.