I have heard this movie called, “The best Terminator since T2”, which isn’t really all that much of high praise since T3-5 weren’t really good. So, was it? Was it the best T since T2? YES!! This movie has everything you could want from a Terminator movie and then some and gets a solid 4 Icees from me!
One thing that helps to know going in (sorry if some of you consider this a spoiler, I don’t)… this movie is a direct sequel from T2. You learn about 5 minutes in that is a movie that can’t follow T3-5, and that’s ok. T3-5 weren’t that memorable anyways.
This movie is one that the studio execs hope will kick off another trilogy, and I think it does so quite nicely. You have a new “Sarah” in the mix in the form of Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), who wonders why things are from the future are trying to kill her (sound familiar?). Along the way she meets Grace (an excellent performance by Mackenzie Davis), Sarah (an not-well-aged Linda Hamilton) and Arnold in a role that I won’t define here. Of course, there is a new version of Terminator out to kill her in the form of Gabriel Luna, who isn’t even listed on IMDB at the time I am writing this review… that’s just not right.
This movie has great action, intermixed funny one-liners, and most important for me… a decent explanation of how this was reconciled with the first 2 Terminator movies. I hate it when things between movies in a franchise aren’t consistent (like the X-men movies) and this movie doesn’t have that problem.
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