The first two Terminator movies were a lot of fun. They had the energy of Schwarzenegger, a cool concept, some pretty nifty action pieces for the mid-1980s and early 1990's, they presented a future that looked scary. Then in the sequel, they made a villain via Robert Patrick which was equally scary. Also, the special effects were pretty cool, remember for the time that is. They are great movies, movies I love quite a bit.
The third film is fair. Its nothing special but I also don't think its a complete disaster like some people. There is some corny dialogue and Schwarzenegger really leaned into it, but it is cool to see where John Connor ends up by the end of the film, that's the most exciting material in the third film. I wish I could say I liked the other films in the franchise, I wish I could recommend the Terminator series at large. But the truth is, I can't. There is a massive downshift in quality after the third film and it seems like the series has only gone downhill from here.
We've arrived at "Terminator: Dark Fate" the whatever number movie this is in the franchise, and I have to say, it looks okay? It looks fine? Yes, its awesome that Linda Hamilton is back as Sarah Connor. Yes, its cool that James Cameron is producing the film, and hopefully that means that he believed in the vision created here, and maybe that means we'll finally get a good movie. But for now, because I feel like I've been played like a fiddle for years, I can't get too worked up to see this quite yet.
Even the action seems like its going through the motions.
I will keep an open mind like I always do, but for right now this has LOTS to live up to.