Relaunching a franchise is never easy. When you’re following in the footsteps of James Cameron, it becomes an absurdly difficult challenge. That is just one of the many obstacles director McG faced when he signed on to reinvigorate the Terminator franchise.

The director took the mic to host a special presentation of early footage from Terminator Salvation Monday at the Time Warner screening room in Manhattan. Most of the 15 minutes or so of clips shown were incomplete, with unfinished special effects and rough audio. However, the clips did provide a clear sense of the look and style of the film. Picture the grime and decay of “Mad Max” or “Children of Men”, and you have a pretty good idea of the aesthetic vision McG and his team have created for the movie.

We also have answers to some of the key questions surrounding the storyline — including one major twist that frankly, I was surprised they showed us — so if you want to remain completely in the dark about the plot of Terminator Salvation….STOP READING NOW!!!

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