In another attempt to resurrect the Terminator franchise; Terminator: Dark Fate finally proves small miracles can happen. Thanks to a story by James Cameron (and five other writers) and the directing of Tim Miller (Deadpool) the future of the Terminator isn’t entirely apocalyptic. Terminator: Dark Fate is the saga’s best sequel since Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The problem with T3, Salvation, and Genisys wasn’t their visual effects, nor action sequences. It was that they completely missed the fact that the true spirit of the franchise wasn’t John Connor, nor was it Arnold Schwarzenegger ( hard as it may be to hear). The franchise’s true ace card was actually Linda Hamilton. Linda originally played Sarah Connor in The Terminator as a tormented innocent young lady which later became a battle-ready avenging protector in Terminator 2 but for some reason just fell off the radar.
Twenty-eight years later, she’s back in Dark Fate as a lonely, drained veteran whose life has been defined by war giving the film new life and proving she was the actor whom each reboot ignored and undervalued. Much like the originals, many of her lines steal scenes and inject some sort of groundedness especially during one moment in particular where we see her venture off into the woods to reflect. It’s a moment of brilliance and Linda Hamilton’s face wears sorrow and regrets with a heart-breaking reality.
Even though Dark Fate marks as a welcoming comeback for Hamilton and Schwarzenegger, the franchise cannot solely depend on those two veterans. Hopefully, Cameron and Miller, along with Natalia Reyes and Mackenzie Davis’ performances show there can be a way forward for the Terminator franchise while breaking free from the shackles of its two most iconic characters.
Terminator: Dark Fate is an action-packed rollercoaster giving you a few dips in the story just so you can catch your breath for the next scenes to come. It delivers everything fans could want from a Terminator movie. It has Explosions, “fish out of water” type of humor and some top-grade action with Arnold Schwarzenegger kicking ass along with a fully fleshed out Sarah Connor story (not her just dying of cancer as the other films suggested). What else could you want from a futuristic robot killing movie?