It's Judgement Day for Terminator fans across the globe, as the worldwide launch of Terminator: Dark Fate goes live. Featuring, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the original Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton, the film charts the journey of Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) and cyborg Grace (Mackenzie Davis). Check the trailer out below:
Following the release, several hype-fueled fans ran to the cinemas to grab their first-day tickets - with plenty of reactions popping up all over Twitter.
Several critical reviews praised the film's return to the first two films' sense of action and thrill:May 24, 2019 October 31, 2019
While others cheered on the largely female cast - a rarity in big, blockbuster action flicks:
Like Wonder Woman, Terminator Dark Fate does feminism right, unlike Captain Marvel.
It's just three characters kicking butt and they just so happen to be women. Unlike Captain Marvel, which constantly beats you over the head till you have a concussion.#Terminator #WonderWoman pic.twitter.com/tQHvXFHpQs
Verdict: With 3 strong women at the helm #terminatordarkfate places more responsibility on women rather than just being mothers to future heroes. What's more, this sequel will restore your hope in the #terminator franchise. Watch it and hope for even better sequels! pic.twitter.com/9ayoBTZQb6— Fun Guide (@funguide_in) November 1, 2019
Some were unimpressed - several fans clearly didn't get what they were expecting. User @AgedBoomer compares the film to Star Wars cash-grab, Solo - which tanked at the box office and on critical platforms:
Prediction: Terminator: Dark Fate will bomb harder than Solo. pic.twitter.com/ZUQbwEQVZh— Aged Boomer (@AgedBoomer) October 29, 2019
While others simply wanted to see the series end after the original films, directed by James Cameron - who nonetheless has writing and production credits in Dark Fate.
My feelings on the endless #Terminator sequels are the same as the post-Verbinski #PiratesOfTheCaribbean movies: just let it go! Judgement Day ended the story Cameron was telling and you're all beating a dead horse since. pic.twitter.com/iP7L7I3bk2— NTNBC (@NTNBC) October 28, 2019
Fortunately though, it seems that the new film has stirred up a whole lotta' nostalgia, all while hitting the right notes for many longtime fans.
Hooray!! It doesn't suck!! :-)
There's a lot to process, and (unsurprisingly) there are some really implausible bits, but I liked it. They made some bold choices, and I'm glad they were willing to do so.
More to say than I can fit in a tweet. Seeing it again tomorrow. #Terminator
What do you think - should T-800 stay, or take a one-way trip to the Hollywood franchise graveyard? Let us know in the comments.