No, Terminator: Dark Fate isn't a good movie, and this time Widescreen isn't saying it.
If there's one thing that Hollywood seems to have a hard time getting into its head, it's that all good things have a end. Unable to know when to end a franchise, the great cinematographic machine regularly abuses various projects of sequels, prequels, reboots and other remakes which, rather than really serving and paying homage to the source material, sadly alienates it until it becomes unrecognizable.
This is, for example, one of the reasons why Terminator: Dark Fate, the sixth and latest feature of the SF monument initiated by James Cameron in 1984, suffered a bitter failure, both on the critical and commercial fronts, but also ended up burying all hope for the future of the saga.
Actress Mackenzie Davis, who played the character of Grace, had already mentioned shortly after the film's release that the latter had worn the franchise to the limit. 'to the rope, and that it was time for the saga to end. And it's certainly not Tim Miller, the filmmaker behind this nice pickup, who will say otherwise. Present at Comic-Con 2022 on the occasion of the panel “Directors talk about directing” organized by Collider, the director and screenwriter returned to the experience Dark Fate, and confirmed what we all more or less already knew:
“Terminator is interesting footage to explore, but perhaps it's been explored enough. I went into it believing that if I made a movie that made me, as a fan, want to see it, then it would perform well. But I was wrong.”
As a reminder, Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth installment in the saga, but was designed as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: The Last Judgment, directed by Cameron in 1991. Thinking of capitalizing on the return of Linda Hamilton (the interpreter of the famous Sarah Connor), facing Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film was initially to serve as a springboard in order to revive a lost saga, and potentially introduce a new trilogy.
These plans were ultimately halted by the bad recipes of Dark Fate, which only came to fruition. to garner only $260 million worldwide for an estimated budget of $185 million (not counting marketing costs).However, Miller does not condemn Terminator. According to him, the franchise could, if the planets align, and the Universe wants it, recover its health:
“I think that if we manage to make Terminator with less budget, a good filmmaker, and a good headliner, then it could work. You could even do it with sock puppets. Personally, I'd love to make a CGI Terminator.”
Not sure the sock kick is a great creative move (although, in a world where Terminator: Genisys exists, it wouldn't be the worst thing to happen to Cameron's baby), but after all, it would have the merit of guaranteeing a budget that is easy to make profitable. A washing machine could even be the main antagonist of this curious project. Anything is possible in the wonderful world of Hollywood! After all, Joker 2 could be a musical with Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn.