Clay Cheatham

As my girlfriend and I were heading inside the movie theater, I couldn't help but wonder if the latest “Terminator” movie was going to be another box office dud. All of the sequels since “Terminator 2” have been pretty sub-par, to be honest. As I was watching the movie, I was positively overwhelmed with the many ways that a movie can be a smashing success.

This movie had everything that a “Terminator” fan would want. I saw Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800/Carl) battle an evil robot. It had scenes of a futuristic war waged between the down-and-out humans versus the cunning robots. I saw explosions galore. The evil robot who functioned as the movies “bad guy” was pretty believable in both his physical acting and his demeanor.

Overall, I believe that the movie deserves about 7 out of 10 stars. Despite the many good things that kept me on the edge of my seat, there were some minor drawbacks such as the fact that the overall plot line has been done five times previously. We are seeing a lot of similar things. On the other hand, having Schwarzenegger and Hamilton both in the movie makes it fabulous. They came in at the top of their respective games with Hamilton, 63, firing off rocket launchers, and Arnold doing what he does best.

At 72 years old, the fact that he can come onscreen at 200 pounds and muscular, and be able to punch the lights out of the opposing character in a totally believable way is terrific. Mackenzie Davis (Grace) added to the action as a supporting character and has a commanding presence of her own. Viewers see her handle guns with a simple ease.

A small word of caution to the parents of young children that may be watching the film with them: The movie serves up plenty of fantasy violence, with guns and explosions aplenty. This may not be something that parents would want to subject their kids to.

My girlfriend was a little surprised that there were so many guns in this movie, so that's something that adults may have a problem with, as well. If you aren't a gun-lover, you may not like the heavy artillery, but it should be expected with the franchise.

“Terminator: Dark Fate” left plenty of room for a sequel, so the viewer is going to see a similar movie, albeit sans Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose character indicated that this is the end of the road for him. In retrospect, this role as a T-800 has probably been one of most iconic characters among the many movies that he has starred in. I couldn't be a happier movie-nerd at seeing his latest performance.

Hopefully though, we'll see several more movie roles of a different sort for Schwarzenegger in the future. “Terminator: Dark Fate” is currently playing at local theaters, and features several different show times! You won't be disappointed that Arnold is back.

Note: Also, Jacksonville's movie theater just re-opened after extensive renovations, and “Terminator: Dark Fate” is showing there! So, grab your shades and your leather jacket and get in line for this one.

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