Terminator 4 — the first trailer is now online!


The teaser for Terminator Salvation went online today, and while it doesn’t give you a chance to look at anything very clearly or for very long, the QuickTime format thankfully allows you to go through it almost frame-by-frame, if you so choose.

So, first of all, the teaser gives us our first good look at Christian Bale as John Connor — and for what it’s worth, I have added the image above to my John Connor gallery so that Bale can take his place alongside Dalton Abbott, John DeVito, Edward Furlong, Thomas Dekker, Nick Stahl and Michael Edwards, all of whom have played Connor at some point in his life or other.

Second, I have isolated some of the brief glimpses that this teaser gives us of the machines against which our heroes will do battle. These apparently include a giant claw that punches through a wall so that it can pick someone up off the ground …

… and a somewhat ungainly robot that looks rather like the big wheeled things that attacked our heroes in the third movie …

… and, of course, at least one red-eyed biped:

I do appreciate the fact that Connor, in the voice-over that begins the teaser, acknowledges the fact that the war he is now fighting is not the war that his mother warned him about. This is a whole different future, thanks to the choices that were made during the second film — choices that sent the timeline going in a whole different direction.

So with any luck, the filmmakers will explore the fact that Connor really doesn’t have a destiny any more — his destiny was on that other timeline that no longer exists — and he therefore ought to be asking himself some serious questions in the new films. Does he need to do this? Is he necessarily the best man for the job any more? And so on, and so on.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03606485402187426272 Michael

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed two subtle ties between the tv series and the upcoming movie. The trailer for the second season of Termination TSCC is on TV now and they use the word “salvation.” I then noticed that this new trailer uses similar/same music from the tv show.

    Refresh my memory — did you have commentary here on any possible connection between the tv series and the upcoming movie?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    I believe there is some overlap in terms of who is producing the TV show and the newest movie, but in terms of story, they don’t seem to have anything to do with each other. The first two movies are the basis for everything that follows, but everything after that is up for grabs: in the timeline of the third and presumably fourth movies, the war against the machines has been going on for four or five years already, whereas in the timeline of the TV series, the war will not begin for another three or four years, and our heroes are trying to prevent it from happening.

  • http://www.kogmedia.com patrick

    T4 should be decent at least, because Christian Bale is in it… I’m hoping Arnold ends up making an appearance too


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