And another contender enters the arena! Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands firmly in your pockets for.............Terminator: Dark Fate!
**** SPOILERS!!!!! ****
Dear. God. I hardly know where to start. Well, at the beginning probably, where pretty much all the preceding films are immediately rendered obsolete thanks to the slaying of a young John Connor by an Arnie Terminator at a beach bar (!), so now we're veering off in a totally different direction.............or we would be if the premise of the new plot (and I use 'new' in its loosest possible sense here!) wasn't that a Terminator has been sent back by a rogue A.I. to do away with a young lady who will become a resistance leader in the future. Stop me if anything's sounding familiar yet The aforementioned Terminator is a fairly innocuous-looking character (Robert Patrick's version would have destroyed it with a sneer!) - and why, when they see this thing survive grenades and explosions (it's another one of those liquid jobs), do they keep shooting at it with handguns? What good do they think they'll do? Anyhoo, after a lot of running away and pontificating there's the inevitable final showdown which goes on far too long and the result is a foregone conclusion - Arnie dies (again) and the new Terminator is destroyed. The new girl, who is totally forgettable, has had a female protector sent back, and to be fair, she's the only good character (played by Mackenzie Davis, who I last saw in Blade Runner 2049 as a hooker). I read somewhere that the male heavy cast of previous films had been given an overhaul to give Sarah Connor a more meaningful role rather than just being sidelined as John's mentor, although I'm sure the films were called 'Terminator' and not 'John Connor and His Mum' - I hate when franchises do this . So, all in all, in my opinion just watch the first two and leave it there, even with my continuing confusion over the 'why did it come back at all' conundrum! Phew - rant over!