Terminator: Dark Fate [2019] ★★½

I don’t pretend to understand everything that goes on in this vast Terminator universe. And I admit: I have been chronologically confused about the series ever since “Rise of the Machines” hit cinemas in 2003. Know that? It doesn’t matter. Even with all its up and downs, this franchise has maintained its ability to entertain audiences. “Dark Fate” is the first Terminator movie since 2015’s underrated “Genisys” (sue me), and all you need to know is that we’re in the year 2020 this time around (doesn’t feel like the future anymore, huh?) and there’s a new Terminator sent from a distant future to kill Dani, an everyday Mexican woman. Why? You’ll have to see for yourself. But yes, Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor returns to the franchise to save our girl from being terminated. And get a load of Mackenzie Davis as an enhanced human also sent from the future to protect Dani. Director Tim Miller doesn’t pull his punches. The result is a thoroughly entertaining entry in the franchise that doesn’t always stay on track, but still delivers some pulse-pounding action sequences, especially early on. I didn’t think I’d care for yet another Terminator movie, but “Dark Fate” was a fun ride anyway.

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