Terminator: Dark Fate is the true sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The Terminator franchise has launched three films prior to Dark Fate that all failed for one reason or another: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator: Genisys. Two out of those three had Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the T-800 but he wasn’t enough.
What the world wanted was Sarah Connor and not just someone playing the role but the return of Linda Hamilton and some badass girls!
Every piece of this film combined creates an amazing film we’re enjoying. James Cameron returned to the franchise to aid in the storytelling and ensure this movie stayed true to the original message. Tim Miller (Deadpool) directed the latest installment excellently. Miller was able to combine action, plot, and humor without any of it feeling forced.
We don’t want to share too much of the storyline because we don’t want to spoil anyone so we’re going to keep this as spoiler-free as possible.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was wonderful as he’s been in every one of the Terminator movies (sorry not sorry). We want to know how he stays in such good shape, for real. His character is a T-800 as usual but he goes by Carl now for reasons to be learned by watching. Arnold Schwarzenegger brought something special to Dark Fate that we haven’t seen before and it was both welcome and appreciated.
Sarah Connor hasn’t been missing from the movies but having Linda Hamilton play her certainly has. Having Hamilton back was something we didn’t even know we needed but we really, really did. She is an absolute badass! Her chemistry with the entire cast is phenomenal and we could watch her play Sarah Connor for the rest of time and not get enough.
Newcomers to the franchise include Mackenzie Davis (Grace), Natalia Reyes (Dani), and Diego Luna (Rev-9). Grace is probably our favorite new character in terms of saviors from the future. Davis is an absolute goddess! We can’t say a lot about Dani for spoiler related reasons but we can say that Reyes is exceptional. We are in love with her performance in Dark Fate! The Rev-9 is, possibly, one of the scariest things we’ve ever witnessed being so advanced. Luna does deadpan so well you might forget he’s not really a machine (IRL).
Overall, Terminator: Dark Fate is the best Terminator movie since T2. We’d definitely give it a solid four out of five stars. It’s not a perfect movie and it certainly contains flaws within the story. But, it’s a solid sequel to the second film. Dani and Grace are awesome characters to add into the canon and we’d love to see more of those two in action. We’re not sure what future these movies have but we would be lying if we didn’t admit we’d love to have Schwarzenegger and Hamilton back too.
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