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Terminator Salvation
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
David Slonaker
Edgardo Simone
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Reprise Records
(May 19th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciated Danny Elfman's low, dense score for Planet of the Apes and seek a more thematically obvious version of a similar ambient tone.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear any meaningful continuity in the form of Brad Fiedel's famous themes or, for that matter, a satisfying industrial edge for the relentless machines.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #711
WRITTEN 5/16/09
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Terminator Salvation: (Danny Elfman) There are several tell-tale signs that a Hollywood franchise has lost control. First and foremost, lawsuits between producers and rights owners are the most obvious red flag. Then, you have scripts that complicate the original concept too far beyond its core fundamentals to maintain focus. Continuity in actors portraying a character over time is usually broken. The new lead actor has a highly publicized temper tantrum on set. The concept is passed between the big and small screen without much sensible coordination in the overarching storyline. A director without a complete name takes the helm. And, not the least of the problems, the music in the aimlessly wandering franchise loses touch with its original themes and reinvents itself with each venture. Unfortunately, all of these circumstances afflict Terminator Salvation, the fourth film to follow James Cameron's 1984 cult classic and the first of three Terminator films set after the start of mankind's battle with the machines. As any fan of "Star Trek: Voyager" can declare, temporal paradoxes make for endlessly intriguing plotlines. But there reaches a point where the use of shifting technologies and time travel so distorts a concept's viability that it simply devolves into nonsense. The 1984 film was essentially a man versus machine tale. Cameron's technological breakthroughs in the 1991 sequel changed the equation to pit machine versus machine. The 2003 version muddied the waters in mankind's waning days, and in 2009 the franchise finishes the transition from "cult classic" to "absurd blockbuster" with all the glory of CGI. That said, you have to forgive studios and their producers for being predictable, and in the case of Terminator Salvation, there was always an intent to give nods to the franchise's roots by involving either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Linda Hamilton in CGI'ed or voiceover form. The same conscious consideration was reportedly given to the music for the film.



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VIEWER RATINGS
940 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.58 Stars
***** 86 5 Stars
**** 142 4 Stars
*** 231 3 Stars
** 258 2 Stars
* 223 1 Stars
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Elfman emulates Hans Zimmer, Graeme Revell and even Marco Beltrami.   Expand >>
Aldo - August 4, 2009, at 11:25 p.m.
2 comments  (2290 views)
Newest: August 8, 2009, at 12:13 p.m. by
Mike
Why didn't they go with Bear?   Expand >>
Bryant - July 14, 2009, at 11:55 a.m.
2 comments  (1835 views)
Newest: July 18, 2009, at 5:52 a.m. by
Cortoisis
It does get better...   Expand >>
Nakatomi - June 6, 2009, at 7:32 a.m.
2 comments  (1571 views)
Newest: September 7, 2009, at 7:02 p.m. by
conradbrean
Worst Elfman score ever?   Expand >>
conradbrean - May 23, 2009, at 1:54 p.m.
5 comments  (2118 views)
Newest: June 2, 2009, at 11:48 a.m. by
KWernke
Theme sounds like Chronicles of Riddick.
hewhomustnotbenamed - May 22, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
1 comment  (1003 views)
elfman never fails to dissapoint
kharol - May 20, 2009, at 1:46 p.m.
1 comment  (998 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:27
• 1. Opening (6:01)
• 2. All Is Lost (2:45)
• 3. Broadcast (3:19)
• 4. The Harvester Returns (2:45)
• 5. Fireside (1:31)
• 6. No Plan (1:43)
• 7. Reveal/The Escape (7:44)
• 8. Hydrobot Attack (1:49)
• 9. Farewell (1:40)
• 10. Marcus Enters Skynet (3:24)
• 11. A Solution (1:45)
• 12. Serena (2:28)
• 13. Final Confrontation (4:14)
• 14. Salvation (3:08)
• 15. Rooster - performed by Alice in Chains (6:15)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director about the film and, to a lesser extent, the score.
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