I got out to AMC Tyler to see the new film of the Terminator franchise. And Dark Fate follows the same rule as some other recent sequels of ignoring some sequels while following others. In this case, Dark Fate is a direct sequel to The Terminator and T2: Judgment Day, ignoring Terminator: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys. It also ignores the television series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Starting in 1998, the film quickly skips ahead twenty-two years. A new Terminator and a protector have been sent back from the future. At the center of the action is Dani, a Mexican auto factory worker. Grace saves her, Rev 9 is chasing them.

Sarah Connor arrives to save Dani & Grace. It turns out that Sarah has been hunting different Terminators, taking them out as they arrive in the past from a future that would never happen since Judgment Day was stopped in T2.

I enjoyed the hell out of the movie even before Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up, and it gets better afterward.

Rev 9 follows the pattern of being advanced from the previously featured Terminators in that he can separate into two – the endoskeleton and a liquid metal cover. He can also shapeshift & change his appearance.

There’s a good explanation for Schwarzenegger’s model, too.

And Linda Hamilton’s Sarah being a bitter, angry ass kicker was great.

The IMAX format for the movie looked good, and I may be going back to see it in a regular theater format.

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