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Ugh, Another 'Terminator' Movie? Do We Really Need ... Oh Wait, Nevermind!

By Dustin Rowles | Film | August 1, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Film | August 1, 2018 |


I have not been interested in a Terminator basically since T2 back in 1991. Since then, we have been subjected to some pretty awful Terminator films that have spit up and chewed out a number of directors, including Jonathan Mostow (what happened to him?), McG (who now directs bad comedies like I Feel Pretty and When We First Met) and Alan Taylor, who hasn’t made a thing since 2015’s Genisys.

It feels like every Terminator sequel is a reboot, because none of them do well enough to warrant continuity, and so we’ve also gone through a number of leads. Here’s a short list:

Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, Christian Bale, Sam Worth (zzzzzzz), Anton Yelchin, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, and Emilia Clarke. The only throughline has been Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has appeared in all of them except Salvation, which even Schwarzenegger said “sucked.”

Well, they’re rebooting it again next year, and there is some reason for hope. The rights to the franchise reverted to James Cameron, and they’re scrapping Genisys and writing another trilogy, in the hopes that the first film will sustain a trilogy. Why would this one succeed when the last three have not?

This is a pretty good answer to that question:

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Uh, fuck yes! That’s Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis and Linda Hamilton, and this time around, it will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). Schwarzenegger will also return, but his involvement with this trilogy is likely to be limited. And when you have bad-ass Linda Hamilton, who the hell needs him?

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