I went to see Terminator Dark Fate last night.
Man, was I pumped!
The first Terminator is a fantastic movie.
But the second one (T2), a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned.
I can't remember the number of times I asked my mom to rent that movie on VHS from the local library but it's a lot.
I've seen it countless times as a kid and as an adult and I never get bored of it.
The story, the action, the love I feel for the characters. Everything works.
Sadly after T2 the franchise never managed to get back to the glory of the first two and has been going slightly downhill from there.
But that was about to change last night!
Terminator: Dark Fate would leave off where T2 left us (like the other movies never happened).
The actors, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, that made the first movies great were back and even James Cameron was involved once more!
And I was ready! This was going to be beyond awesome!
And...then...within the first 5 minutes, something happens in this film that is so soul-crushing to people that love T1 and T2 that the movie never recovers from there.
Dark Fate takes everything you love from the first two movies from you and throws its importance and everything that happened and everything you ever cared about away.....just like that (you can look up the spoilers if want to know what it is).
It really hurts.
And then...from there, the franchise tries to reboot.
But it's the same story just with different characters.
Two Terminators are sent back in time.
A good one (woman) to protect and a bad one (man) to kill a girl that will play an important roll in the future.
The good Terminator plays a strong role and she gets to play a more human-like Terminator because of things that transpired in her future. It does work.
But the bad Terminator (Rev-9)..o man..he's the blandest and most boring character that ever set foot in a Terminator film and because he's mostly made of (bad) CGI he never feels real.
Just look at his face and clothes...it's like it's plastic CGI.
One stare of Robert Patrick in T2 as the T-1000 is more menacing than whatever this Rev-9 can produce.
From there you get the same story as T2 with forced strong female characters and bad CGI.
Totally in line with the times. I get it.
But man, Terminator has already proven it doesn't need this.
I understand movies need more equality in these times.
But not in Terminator.....Sarah Conner was already the most badass woman I ever knew growing up.
It already proved that point before it was even a thing. There is no need to force anything and they never did force anything back then, she just was badass and it was believable and awesome.
It's the difference between forced and believable badassery and wished more movies got it.
For what then feels like an eternity the two groups chase each other through several bad CGI filled scenes and they also pick up Sarah Conner and later Arnold along the way.
Some more bad CGI filled scenes that are so over the top and unrealistic then follow, and by then you stop caring because you can no longer process WTF is going on-screen and your brain is slowly frying.
I was looking around in the cinema and several people were just on their phone...that's a bad sign.
It all ends up in one final scene, whereby then the innocent girl has now magically turned into a tough chick and there is some more bad CGI and then the credits roll.
I went into the movie pumped.....I came out of the movie emotionally drained and tired.
I had high hopes but for some reason, it's just not possible in these times to create a better movie then what they did in the '80s and '90s with T1 and T2.
But apparently it is possible to make the first two movies worse by just destroying all their meaning.
WTF where they thinking.
As this was a stand-alone action movie I'd give it a 6 out of 10 but considering what they did to the movies I love I can't even rate it.