Tim Miller, of Deadpool fame, directs this new installment of the Terminator franchise with the support of producer James Cameron. Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise their roles as Sarah Connor and the Terminator.
There is a lot to love about this movie from the performances of Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to the nonstop action. The action is big, loud and fun. And while the action is pretty much nonstop, that does not help with the pacing of the movie. The reason the pace can feel somewhat lumbering is that the storyline feels so familiar. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, a person and a Terminator come back from the future to protect and kill someone, respectively, who one way or another is going to impact the future.
And speaking of familiar you may have noticed Linda Hamilton wasn’t mentioned above in the ”a lot to love” section. While she is not right out bad, her performance does at times feel strained as she plays a hardened and rugged Terminator ass-kicking machine. There are moments where her performance feels forced and others where she hits the perfect tone needed.
Arnold, on the other hand, was near perfect. This is probably one of the best performances he has given in recent memory. He’s perfectly flat when necessary, emotional at other times but overall he is very funny. The newcomers of Mackenzie Davis and Gabriel Luna are welcomed, and if there are more Terminator sequels to come it would be wonderful to see them return.
So overall Terminator: Dark Fate is worth seeing. It’s a worthy sequel to the original two classics. And while it’s not on their level of greatness it’s a fun, summer blockbuster, popcorn flick almost everyone can enjoy. Even if it does feel like it’s treading in its own franchise’s footsteps story-wise.