"My name is Sarah Connor. August 29, 1997 was supposed to be judgment day. But I changed the future. Saved three billion lives. Enough of a resume for you?"
Terminator: Dark Fate will follow the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and disregard all other Terminator works and reboots (Rise of the Machines, Salvation, Genisys, Sarah Connor Chronicles etc.).
Make no mistake, the disregarded projects were profitable, but none had the same critical laurels as Judgment Day, which was not only the highest grossing film of 1991, but earned multiple Academy Awards.
Plus, it was a great film. Will Dark Fate live up to its standards?
Based on the trailer...maybe!
Terminator: Dark Fate - Official Trailer (2019) - Paramount Pictures
Let's look at the team making this film. We've got Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning in their iconic roles (you got a lot of explaining to do, T-800) — and totally hamming it up, as they should:
Arnold's cool and strong and whatever, but Linda Hamilton is a BAMF and you know it.
Another thing going for Dark Fate is that it's directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller, who has proven that he knows how to entertain. Deadpool's outlandish personality makes his films unlike any other superhero movie out there, which is true to the character created in the comics, but is still a challenge to pull off.
Miller nailed it with both films. Finger's are crossed that he brought that 'out-of-the-box' thinking to the Terminator franchise as well.
The consensus on the twitterverse seems to be "cautious optimism" — we've been hurt before, but this trailer looks like the film could be pretty cool. At a minimum, pouring through the tweets about it definitely doesn't suck:
ATTN: The Terminator is wearing flannel 😍 #TerminatorDarkFate #Terminator https://t.co/NADClmiAU0— Vanessinator 🤖 (@Vanessinator 🤖)1567138540.0
@Terminator Me after watching the trailer #TerminatorDarkFate https://t.co/8SXOG5xRzN— Edward Sanchez (@Edward Sanchez)1567138146.0
Also, Linda Hamilton has some thoughts:
She’s back. Linda Hamilton takes you inside #TerminatorDarkFate and the role that helped define a franchise. Share… https://t.co/xaOwvZ5kMK— Terminator: Dark Fate (@Terminator: Dark Fate)1567096200.0
Meanwhile, I'm just going to sit and ponder what the poster tagline means until the film is finally released on Nov. 1.