Terminator movies have been a part of my life for a long time, almost since the beginning. While I’m not old enough to have seen the first one in theatre, the second one was I think the first R rated movie I stuck into. Arnold is an actor I’ve been watching my whole life. Since I first discovered Conan the Barbarian when I rented it on VHS (now that dates me!). While I knew going in this wasn’t going to be a great movie I just had to go, the nostalgia was too strong to overcome.
I won’t dwell only on the negative, there are some good points to this movie. Linda Hamilton looks great for a woman in her 60s and does a good job with Sarah Connor. Arnold is a better actor now then he was in the 70s, 80s or 90s and he puts a lot of humor in it this time.
I also thought Gabriel Luna and Mackenzie Davis did good work. It also does certainly show what happened after T2 (and no I won’t spoil it because it is the only interesting surprise in the movie). The movie also puts a lot of importance on the female characters here, which I thought was good and sure “I’ll be back” is said and interestingly “I won’t be back”.
I had with James Cameron involved again this movie would be good but it really wasn’t. The plot makes very little sense, the special effects aren’t very good and while there are some good action scenes, ultimately even they start to drag and get cliche. By the time they finally get to the only twist in the movie I didn’t even care.
It’s a sad statement from someone who used to be a big Terminator fan but this franchise really needs to stop. I’d read some comics or maybe even a book but please no more movies. The ending is fine and I’m prepared to let this piece of nostalgia go. It’s been 35 years and I’m full up on Terminator movies (this was the 6th one!).
I should add I liked the beginning, hearing Sarah Connor freak out in the mental hospital does bring you right back to T2. So did I hate this movie? No of course not, mainly I was just disappointed. It does what lots of other long-running series do, try to bring back that feeling you got when it was new and fresh when you loved it and couldn’t wait for more, but almost no one can do that (recent Star Wars movies for me being one very rare exception). If you are a big Terminator fan and you have to see what happens, go but trust me, you’ll be disappointed. Anyone else I wouldn’t recommend it, wait for something better. So just a 5.5 out of 10 for me. Please don’t bring young kids, lots of violence, ages 17+.