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Review: TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Resets The Timeline And Delivers The Best Franchise Entry Since T2 - Movies In Focus
The Terminator franchise has been pretty uneven since Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released back in 1991. This shift in quality is because James Cameron jumped ship and no one with the same talent was able to pilot the series, with a revolving door of directors attempting to reboot the franchise without ever really getting a grip on the tone. Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines in 2003 was a valiant effort to continue Cameron’s narrative and the ending packed a pretty powerful punch but McG’s Terminator: Salvation lacked the presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger and its dystopian future setting made it more of a generic sci-fi action film than something that could stand toe-to-toe with Cameron’s first two films. David Ellison’s Skydance Media bought the Terminator rights and Terminator Genisys in 2015 (read the review) attempted to reboot the franchise, riffing on Cameron’s 1984 original and bringing back Schwarzenegger to his trademark role. Genisys was supposed to kick-start a new trilogy but disappointing box office saw those plans scraped by Ellison and he decided that what the Terminator franchise was lacking was James Cameron and he reached out to its creator who came onboard Terminator: Dark Fate as an Executive Producer. [...]