10. It Dared To Be Different
On paper, it sounds like the summers most desperate cash-in: a sequel with no returning cast members, a heavily rewritten script credited to the duo behind Catwoman and a director whose biggest hit, a flashy revamp of a TV show, was nearly a decade ago. Then the opening credits roll, and it becomes clear that Terminator Salvation has ambitions beyond being just another sequel.
From Danny Elfmans adaptation of Brad Fiedels theme to the introduction of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), you can feel it the movie wants to be different. It wouldve been easy to pick up where Rise Of The Machines left off and show John Connor adapting to life in post-apocalypse Los Angeles before the arrival of two Terminators one good, one bad, you know the drill by now leads to the usual running gun battles. Too easy, in fact, because weve seen that film three times already.
Instead, McG departs from the Cameron formula and gives us a futuristic war movie that takes visual cues from Alfonso Cuarons Children Of Men and at no time reminds us were watching a film from the director of Charlies Angels. Thats an achievement in itself.