3 comments on “Terminator: Dark Fate

  • It’s odd that you claim Terminator is a “franchise of the ’80s that should have lived and died there.” The Oscar-winning, critically-beloved second film came out in 1991, was the highest-grossing film of that year, and for many years was the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. There are plenty of things wrong with the subsequent sequels (I haven’t seen this newest one yet), but to claim it’s a franchise that never should have existed beyond the ’80s is just a factually incorrect assertion.

    • The original came out in 1984. If those movies would have ended with the first or second one, we could have all focused our time viewing something more important than sequels trying to recapture whatever people liked about the first two in the first place. My point was, which you clearly understand but just want to argue because your feelings are somehow hurt by a review for a film that you haven’t seen, and a franchise that you like (which is fine), that like many franchises that have been rebooted for “a new generation” these films have no business in today’s world. I don’t know how many modern flops it’s going to take for the studio to realize that.

      • No need to get defensive or make snide remarks about “hurting my feelings,” which is just a patronizing remark. I’m hardly a fanboy. I was simply pointing out that your dismissive “it should have lived and died in the ’80s” comment was a very odd thing to say (much less highlight as an excerpt), considering the most popular entry — which broke box office records, had groundbreaking visual effects, and pioneered CGI as it’s still used in blockbusters today — came out in the 1990s and is emblematic of that decade, often included on lists of the best movies of the ’90s (and even of all time!). I agree that the series didn’t need to continue after that, but to say it should have died in the ’80s was what I took issue with. Furthermore, none of the other sequels were “modern flops” — T3 and Genisys made almost half a billion dollars. (Salvation, without Arnold’s involvement, even made almost $400 mil.) The issue with the sequels is their ridiculously high budgets and dwindling returns in terms of quality, which is why Dark Fate may end up being the worst-performing despite better reviews. They should have scaled this thing way back to $80 – $100 mil after looking at the performance of the last few films.

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