The first social media reactions are in for Terminator: Dark Fate and they largely praise the film, with many calling it the best sequel since Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This latest installment is the sixth film in the long-running franchise, with none of the last three Terminator films being all that well-received.
Directed by James Cameron, 1984's The Terminator and its sequel, 1991's T2 were ground-breaking movies that still set the standard for action flicks today. Their sequels, however, aren't so revered, with 2015's Terminator: Genisys being by far the most hated of them all. Still, regardless of how terrible most Terminator sequel films are, the anticipation for Terminator: Dark Fate remains high. Partly because Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning yet again, but also because Dark Fate marks the first time fellow Terminator franchise star Linda Hamilton is returning to her iconic role of Sarah Connor.
Unsurprisingly, it is Hamilton's return to the Terminator series that is getting a lot of the praise from those critics who've had the opportunity to see Terminator: Dark Fate during secret screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse. Check out a sampling of their reactions, below:
#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
I was skeptical of TERMINATOR: DARK FATE. Thought the trailers were not great. But I would up enjoying it quite a bit, and the difference maker (vs the other post T2 sequels) is Linda Hamilton. It’s always been HER story and Hamilton adds the needed weight here.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) 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
TERMINATOR’s thought of as Arnold’s franchise. DARK FATE makes it clear he wasn’t the key ingredient that made it work. It was Linda Hamilton. She’s incredible in this, and the movie’s very solid. (I recently defended all the TERMINATOR sequels, so make of this what you will.) pic.twitter.com/3JSsac7LrL— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) October 21, 2019
#TerminatorDarkFate is easily the best Terminator movie since T2. Has some fantastic action and loved how the film features 3 female protagonists that all kick-ass. So awesome seeing Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor. pic.twitter.com/15Yb6cC18W— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 21, 2019
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
Terminator: Dark Fate is basically Terminator: The Force Awakens. A satisfying, exciting reboot that’s essentially the best parts of T1 & T2 in a blender. Davis, Reyes & Hamilton are excellent, the action wows & while it’s familiar, it’s easily the best T3 yet. Terminator is back pic.twitter.com/W1emrXIq5C— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 21, 2019
Excited to report Terminator: Dark Fate is the best sequel in the franchise since T2. It's a "return to basics" movie — reminiscent of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in that way — but the new heroes are fantastic, it's great to see the legends kicking ass, and the action is great. pic.twitter.com/aAHSXhFyA4— Evil Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) October 21, 2019
The high praise Hamilton's return is receiving highlights how the Terminator franchise has always been Sarah Connor's story more than anyone else's, even more than the many titular Terminators. Of course, Schwarzenegger is being praised for his latest turn as a Terminator as well, not that his performances have ever been what hurt previous installments. Along with their performances, those of both Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes are also being well-received, which is good news if Dark Fate is meant to lead to even more Terminator sequels.
As we've already stated, those Terminator sequels that came after T2 are almost universally hated, so to hear that Dark Fate is the best of that bunch isn't itself the highest of praise. But in addition to being the best post-T2 sequel, Dark Fate is also being compared favorable to another long-running and recently renewed franchise - Star Wars, and specifically the start of its latest trilogy of films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That film pulled off what so many thought impossible and introduced Star Wars to a whole new generation while (mostly) pleasing longtime fans. Terminator: Dark Fate looks to be doing the same, and it's thanks to cast of returning favorites and impressive newcomers.
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019