“Terminator: Dark Fate” is, in my personal opinion, the worst film of the franchise by far, without hyperbole. It is Blues Brothers 2000 type of bad, ok? Acting is surpassingly wooden, characters are incompetently written with little to no emotion present, CGI doesn’t look any better than the base level of CG used for Judgement Day, pacing is shoddy, the script is terribly written, for it deliberately downplays Sarah Connors character and completely gives up on character consistency, the film can’t even be consistent with the timeline tying itself to the original films, amidst getting so lost in the sparkles and the explosions and the freaking agenda pandering, the film forgets what makes the actual Terminator terrifying, the very beginning is a giant middle finger to any and all true fans of the franchise and the story, aside from being disrespectful and riddled with even more plot holes than it intended to fix, recycles it’s done to death plotline to the point where it made me appreciate Salvation, out of all films, lot more than I wanted to. At least Salvation actually TRIED to do something different.
The action sequences are watchable at best and the actors tear their hearts out for our entertainment but this film wants to be Terminator 2, despite the obviously glaring signs that it isn't and aside from spitting in the face of the legacy this franchise has left behind and the fact that director Tim Miller was caught lying about how they’d handle John Connor and with James Cameron being a hypocrite, needless to say, I’m pissed the hell off. I mean, again, I’m not the biggest Terminator fan out there but my god, talk about finding respect for the originals; if I knew that we could’ve gotten a film like this in T2’s place, I would’ve immediately called that film a masterpiece similar to the first film. The Terminator franchise is now officially dead in the water and it died for nothing. I don’t even know why it was a franchise in the first place; the first two films were the perfect continuation pieces.
For a big dumb action movie, it’s going to entertain some people who aren’t familiar with the franchise but those who wanted something new and fresh and original probably won’t get that here. In an attempt to reintroduce old and new fans to this popular long running franchise and generate more sales, interests and investments for their intellectual property, this movie instead managed to 100% completely terminate my interests from ever associating myself with this series ever again.
If this is how it was always going to end, then I hope to God this franchise won’t be back.