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Date Posted: 01:14:36 02/09/20 Sun
Author: Mike
Subject: Review... SPOILERS
In reply to: Mike 's message, "I just watched the latest Terminator movie..." on 00:56:56 02/09/20 Sun

OK so I don't want to write out an in-depth full review of the movie. I just want to give my brief thoughts, especially in light of the movie flopping at the box office. The studios lost $130 m on this film.

I have warned you that there are significant spoilers ahead, so don't blame me if you continue reading.

OK so John's killed, right from the getgo, just after the ending of T2.

My initial thoughts are "what the fuck!?" It made everything we went through in the first two movies feel like it was all for nothing. It was. Our hero died. The bad guys won. The End.

Then 22 years later a completely new hero is targeted by a completely different race of machines (Skynet never was).
This kind of annoyed me too. It's like, we can never really win this war. It's like we destroy the Nazis, and then some other far-right fascist dictatorship rises the year after and does basically the same thing. It makes Skynet irrelevent in the bigger picture. They're just Target. But there's also Walmart, Costco, and Publix, etc.
To me it was always Skynet vs Humanity.

The first five minutes, the characters all looked like they were taken from a video game. The faces were clearly digital. I just didn't like it. I was considering giving up on it so early.

And then, wow, it actually became a decent movie. I enjoyed it. The CGI improved after that first highway scene when the augmented human from the future dropped out of the sky. Once that scene was over, I have no complaints about the movie. I really enjoyed it and the end made me tear up a little. I was even wanting a sequel, but I don't think they'll be making any more Terminator movies for a long time now, if ever. And if they do, they should reboot the entire franchise.

The reason it did poorly at the box office was for the same reason I disliked the opening. John Conner was killed. The bad guys won (although that can be argued because they also lost since they never existed. But they achieved their mission).

Linda, Arnie, and the rest of the cast were awesome. The effects for 95% of the movie were great. The movie itself, if it was an entirely new franchise would have been a huge box office success, I reckon. But what is The Terminator franchise without John and Skynet? It's not the one we all grew up loving.

Would I recommend it? Yes. It will be the last movie they make, probably. At least for a long time, unless they feel like taking a big risk and rebooting it.

Rating? As a Terminator movie? 2/5
If it had been a new movie, and ignoring the entire franchise? 4/5

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