Terminator: Dark Fate has screened for critics and while the franchise has left them cold in recent years, it looks like the trend is about to be reversed.
A good deal of the reviewers who took in the film are comparing it favorably to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and many also agreed that the film will make a star out of Mackenzie Davis. Linda Hamilton's return to the role of Sarah Connor was welcomed, and the flick's intriguing story and slam-bang action sequences were also singled out for praise.
Having said that, we're cautiously optimistic that the initial reactions to Terminator: Dark Fate will hold up, because the flick comes with a pretty darn sterling pedigree. It functions as a direct sequel to T2, ignoring all of the increasingly ridiculous sequels that followed that film.
It also marks James Cameron's return to the franchise as a producer, and it was helmed by Tim Miller, the man who brought us the piece of pure cinematic joy that was 2016's Deadpool.
Gabriel Luna has been well known among Marvel circles since his inspired performance as Ghost Rider in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and fans are no doubt excited that he plays a souped-up Terminator in this movie. So what do the critics have to say about it?
For starters, the folks at Collider were roundly blown away by the flick. Editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub was among the many praising the performance of Davis, who stars as a cyborg sent back in time to protect a new "mother of the future" portrayed by Natalia Reyes. Weintraub enjoyed the trifecta offered by Davis, Reyes, and Hamilton. He wrote
"[Terminator: Dark Fate] 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."
In a followup tweet, Weintraub had a word of recommendation for those unfamiliar with Davis' work, writing:
"I've been a fan of Mackenzie Davis since seeing her in Halt and Catch Fire. But she takes it to another level in [Dark Fate] where she kicks all kinds of ass. If you like her work in Dark Fate, go back and watch [Halt and Catch Fire]." Keep watching the video to see all the critic reviews for Terminator: Dark Fate are in.