Terminator: Dark Fate

Arnold might get top billing, but the Terminator movies worth watching—1984's The Terminator and 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day—belong to Linda Hamilton and her earnest, hard-edged turns as Sarah Connor. While Schwarzenegger glared and catch-phrased and strutted around to "Bad to the Bone," Sarah Connor got shit done. Alas, even though Hamilton—like Terminator creator James Cameron—largely bailed from the series after Judgment Day, the movies kept lunging forward without her, and like a stupid, janky kill-bot, the series got shakier and shakier with each step. No one ever needs to remember Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines or Terminator: Salvation or Terminator: Genisys, and no one ever does—but now here's Terminator: Dark Fate, the latest attempt to revive the franchise, and a movie that also pretends nothing past T2 ever happened. If nothing else, Dark Fate has one thing going for it: Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton's back, which means there's a Terminator movie worth watching again. Well, it's worth watching, I guess, if you, like me, have devoted entirely too much of your ever-shrinking lifespan to thinking about terminators. For everyone else, Dark Fate's appeal—which largely hinges on seeing Hamilton, Arnold, and various bloodthirsty murderbots back in action—might be limited. Deadpool director Tim Miller does a lot of things right: His action sequences are messy but intense; he knows to let Hamilton, with her wry eyebrows and smoke-scratched voice, steal scenes whenever she feels like it; and he somehow pulls off the insane-sounding task of making a Terminator movie that's legitimately, consistently funny. But at the end of the day, Dark Fate is another sequel that tries, with mixed success, to reboot a rusty series.

by Erik Henriksen
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Tim Miller
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis