Terminator Salvation
  • Directors(s)

    McG

  • Production Year

    2008

  • Genre(s)

    Action, Science Fiction, Science Fiction

  • Approx. running minutes

    118m

  • Cast

    Sam Worthington, Christian Bale, Common, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Jane Alexander, Michael Ironside, Helena Bonham Carter, Jadagrace

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Film

Terminator Salvation

Contains moderate violence, intense action and brief sexualised nudity
  • Directors(s)

    McG

  • Production Year

    2008

  • Genre(s)

    Action, Science Fiction, Science Fiction

  • Approx. running minutes

    118m

  • Cast

    Sam Worthington, Christian Bale, Common, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Jane Alexander, Michael Ironside, Helena Bonham Carter, Jadagrace

Posters and synopsis powered by IMDb

TERMINATOR SALVATION is the fourth instalment in the TERMINATOR franchise and sees a grown-up John Connor leading the human resistance movement. It has been passed '12' for scenes of moderate violence and intense action.

The setting of the narrative in this film is an all-out war between the human resistance movement and Skynet with its army of Terminators. There are some spectacular battle sequences with heavy explosions and gunfire which include sight of many robots being destroyed, including a close-up shot of a robotic head being crushed by a helicopter. This sets the tone for much of the violence in the film. Most of the damage and injury is caused to the robotic characters while the human characters generally emerge unscathed. There is some injury detail seen, to the Connor character in particular, but these sequences do not dwell on detail and do not contain any emphasis on injuries or blood. For the most part the injuries are impressionistic and the fantasy setting is always well to the fore. Given this approach to the depiction of violence the film is contained at '12' under the terms of the Guidelines for violence at that level.

The film as a whole does have an unrelenting intensity which is a well established feature of fantasy films at the '12' level but the tone is comparatively light and plays very much to audience expectations for the genre. There is none of the darker, sadistic, elements that occasionally take such works to the higher category. 'Mature themes' and 'sustained moderate threat and menace' are allowed at '12' in the Guidelines and these are all elements that contributed to placing TERMINATOR SALVATION at '12'.

The extended version of the film also contains a scene featuring brief sexualised nudity as we see a woman remove her top, revealing one of her breasts. This is only seen from considerable distance and there is no clear or sustained nudity present within a sexual context. At '12', the BBFC Guidelines state that in a sexual context nudity must be 'brief and discreet' and this sequence in TERMINATOR SALVATION falls within those limits.

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Terminator SalvationCinema114m 40sColumbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.08/05/2009
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Terminator SalvationPhysical media + VOD/Streaming117m 36sSony DADC UK Limited22/01/2010
Terminator SalvationPhysical media + VOD/Streaming110m 1sSony DADC UK Limited22/01/2010
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Terminator SalvationPhysical media + VOD/Streaming0m 57sSony DADC UK Limited20/05/2009
Terminator SalvationPhysical media + VOD/Streaming1m 54sSony Pictures Home Entertainment26/03/2009
Terminator SalvationCinema2m 0sColumbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.03/03/2009
Terminator SalvationCinema1m 52sColumbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.25/11/2008
Terminator SalvationPhysical media + VOD/Streaming1m 46sSony Pictures Home Entertainment21/11/2008
Terminator SalvationPhysical media + VOD/Streaming0m 51sSony Pictures Home Entertainment29/07/2008
Terminator SalvationCinema0m 52sColumbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.28/07/2008
  • Classified date

    22/01/2010

  • BBFC reference

    BVF251609

  • Language

    English