The James Cameron produced and Tim Miller directed “Terminator: Dark Fate” has started to screen for press and early reactions have started to come in via social media.
The reviews paint one very common consensus – this is the best film of the series since Cameron’s “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” which is fitting as this serves as a direct sequel to that and ignores the other three sequels.
That said, the film is also being compared to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in the way that it’s a familiar retread of the work that came before as opposed to something new and unique. The film’s stars Mackenzie Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton all get shout outs, as does the action and pacing – a hallmark of Cameron projects.
Check out some of the reactions below:
“#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.” – Steven Weintraub, Collider
“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” – Germain Lussier, io9
“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.)” – Matt Singer, ScreenCrush
“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.” – Perri Nemiratu, Collider
“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, Uproxx
“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. PSA for my queer ladies: you are not prepared for how much Mackenzie Davis is going to fuck up your life in #TerminatorDarkFate. I would die for Grace and you would too, you just don’t know it yet” – Haleigh Foutch, Collider
” #TerminatorDarkFate is the best of the TERMINATOR sequels after T2. Easily among the year’s most entertaining action films, it’s thrilling, intense & non-stop, but also a sweet story about making things right. Arnold is great & Linda rules, but Mackenzie Davis THROWS DOWN” – Erik Davis, Fandango
” #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
“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.” – Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend
Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta also star in the film which opens everywhere the week of Friday November 1st.