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It’s understandable if you’re not all that interested in a new Terminator movie. After three sub-par sequels and nearly three decades, there’s no denying that the viability of the Terminator franchise is a valid concern. But there’s good news. Terminator: Dark Fate finally delivers the sequel we’ve been waiting for — a relentless, ****-kicking thrill ride that puts character front and center, and once again, makes the AI apocalypse imminently terrifying. Unequivocally, Dare Fate is the best terminator film since T2: Judgement Day and a long-awaited return to form for the franchise.
Directed by Tim Miller, starring Linda Hamilton, and created with input from James Cameron (who also produces and contributed the story), Dark Fate often feels like going home again. Miller hedges closely to the Cameron formula — so close, in fact, that I wouldn’t be surprised if Dark Fate winds up facing a lot of the same criticism thrown at The Force Awakens. From the way he paces his plot beats and action scenes, the return of the original franchise’s iconic characters, and a whole boatload of references; it’s clear that Miller is taking the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach to reviving the franchise. And, honestly, it’s a good choice. Cameron’s formula ain’t broke for a reason; it works great.
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Dark Fate also takes a note out of 2018’s Halloween playbook, ignoring all the sequels after T2 and bringing back the original star in Linda Hamilton, who returns to the role of Sarah Conner with all the grit, gumption, and yes, spectacular shoulders we know and love in the character. And she’s excellent. Ignoring everything after T2, and the decades that have passed since then, allows Dark Fate to explore new facets of the iconic character and by dropping her in a future that looks an awful...
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