Go with Sarah Connor if you want to live.
The reluctant warrior to save humanity is finally back (played by Linda Hamilton, which is vital) in Terminator: Dark Fate.
It’s the sixth movie in the franchise but it will ignore the third, fourth, and fifth films entirely, serving as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. I don’t see anyone complaining, do you?
The basic premise, as teased here in the film’s first trailer, is a bit of a T2 redux: a new future Terminator model named Grace (Mackenzie Davis), who appears to be some kind of human / terminator hybrid, travels back in time to protect an apparent teenage savior from the latest evil Terminator model, the Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna). This time, however, the teen isn’t John Connor but rather a Latina migrant named Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes).
Sarah swoops in, guns a-blazin’, to help. Natch.
John Connor is nowhere to be seen, which is likely for the best. After three failed casting attempts to find a permanent fit, it’s best to just retire the character and replace him with a new Chosen One.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as well, but he only pops up here for a single close-up. It’s interesting that the studio is essentially not using him to sell this movie, and I like that. Based on this, they don’t need to. If Arnold ends up only having a cameo appearance, it’s clear that Hamilton, Davis, and Reyes can carry this film and the franchise forward.
Directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool), produced by James Cameron, and co-written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips), Terminator: Dark Fate opens on November 1, 2019.
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