When there was the announcement of a new Terminator film, the world yawned. The last installment Terminator: Genysis, which was bad on so many levels not just the spelling, failed to reignite the series, James Cameron was about to be given the rights to the franchise again. Cameron himself seemed uninterested in the franchise since he’s been focusing on his blue-Pocahontas series of films. Then Terminator: Dark Fate began to take shape.
Cameron said he would return to the franchise to help create a new series of movies, basically moving beyond John Conner. Also, returning Linda Hamilton to the role of Sarah and of course Arnold wasn’t far behind. The film essentially retcons all the other Terminator movies after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Although, I kind liked the nihilistic ending of Rise of the Machines. Using the concept that there are some things that you can’t change.
While the film looks at a world after Judgment Day, apparently there is a new hero that needs protection. Deadpool director Tim Miller is at the helm of this one, but it fails to pull on the nostalgia strings that many of these sequels would tend to lure people back into theaters. Let us not forget, there were a series of bad Terminator movies since 1991’s original sequel.
For many people, including myself, the film fails to grab the attention of fans or newbies. There is a soft sinister alternative-rock acoustic rift. Bad CG. No iconic theme. Don’t get me started on the very Home Depot cashier looking guy that is the next Terminator. You had a body builder, a man that looked like a cat, a model, and this is where we fall back on?
Terminator: Dark Fate is due out in theaters on November 1m 2019. In case anyone out there kinda cares.