James Cameron has finally returned to the Terminator franchise with Dark Fate, which is directed by Tim Miller. We first learned of the project back in 2017, and it was pitched as the true sequel to Cameron’s Judgement Day, effectively retconning every subsequent sequel. The film also reunites franchise stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, alongside newcomers Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes.

Prior to seeing the film, I was very skeptical of it and nervous because of the marketing materials. None of the trailers ever impressed me, but I held out hope that it could be good based off talent alone. Very happy to report that Dark Fate definitely impressed me, and was much better than I ever thought it would be, after seeing the trailers.

There’s definitely flaws within the film, and things that could’ve been handled better, but it’s a worthy sequel to Judgement Day. Cameron and Miller had initially teased that this film would serve as a starting point for a new trilogy, should it be successful enough, so I’m curious where things could go from here. As always, for my full thoughts be sure to check out the video below.

More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother (Diego Boneta) and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator – a Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) – travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani’s survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace (Mackenzie Davis), an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from Sarah’s past that may be their last best hope.

Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in theaters Friday November 1st.

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