Look, when they first announced Terminator: Dark Fate, most of us rolled our eyes and groaned. The franchise peaked in 1992 with T2: Judgement Day, James Cameron’s brilliant follow up to his 1984 film. Since then, the saga has been going from bad to terrible to borderline unwatchable. I mean, what on earth was Terminator: Genisys? Naturally, nobody wanted another Terminator film. However, James Cameron has been vocal about passionate he is about Dark Fate and it’s the first Terminator film since T2 in which he has contributed to the story. Cameron also handpicked the highly talented Tim Miller (Deadpool) to direct the film. Best of all, the film is a direct sequel to The Terminator and T2, effectively de-canonising all the crappy sequels.
So, can we expect a good film? Well, I’ve not got the chance to catch it just yet (Malaysian press screening is this Wednesday morning) but the early reactions by American critics who have seen it suggest a worthy sequel… finally. Linda Hamilton is said to be one of the key ingredients this franchise has been missing. Critics also praised the film’s action sequences and its intensity and thrills.
Here are some of the early reactions:
Oh the film, you ask? It’s solid. Super well articulated action. Linda Hamilton is aces. Easily the best sequel since T2. #DarkFate takes The Force Awakens’ “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality to Cameron’s films and turns out it ain’t broke.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) October 21, 2019
I've been a fan of Mackenzie Davis since seeing her in 'Halt and Catch Fire'. But she takes it to another level in #TerminatorDarkFate where she kicks all kinds of ass. If you like her work in Dark Fate, go back and watch #HaltandCatchFire. pic.twitter.com/P5gnqoXjFL
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 21, 2019
So #TerminatorDarkFate is T1+T2 with a modern message. It quietly says a lot about the Latinx experience & who the future depends on. I have *small* issues w/ it but its action packed & a great reboot of the franchise. Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis & Natalia Reyes are QUEENS!
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) October 21, 2019
#TerminatorDarkFate is the best of the TERMINATOR sequels after T2. Easily among the year’s most entertaining action films, it’s thrilling, intense & non-stop, but also a sweet story about making things right. Arnold is great & Linda rules, but Mackenzie Davis THROWS DOWN pic.twitter.com/8TQ4Gpkkdr
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) October 21, 2019
#TerminatorDarkFate is better than you think it’s going to be. Its trying hard to be the Force Awakens of Terminator movies, and mostly succeeds. But it’s lacking Cameron’s innovation, evolution and directing. Arnold is fantastic, the best of his post T2 Terminator appearances.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 21, 2019
Is #TerminatorDarkFate the best since T2? Yup. Linda Hamilton’s return makes a BIG difference, Mackenzie Davis kicks all the ass, & Natalia Reyes is an excellent anchor. Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 is a winner too. Physicality, VFX, fights – all spot on! Glad they gave this another go. pic.twitter.com/4Q1FNN49Hw
— Perri Nemiratu (@PNemiroff) October 21, 2019
Dark Fate synopsis:
When Skynet sends a powerful new Terminator from the future in order to terminate Dani Ramos, a hybrid cyborg human and her friends, Sarah Connor teams up with the original T-800 Terminator to fight the new threat and save the future once and for all.
The film is directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) based on a story by James Cameron and a script by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight), Justin Rhodes (Grassroots) and Billy Ray (The Hunger Games). It stars Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Terminator: Dark Fate hits Malaysian cinemas this 24 October.