I was originally excited to see this for Mackenzie Davis, and thought maybe with Arnold and Linda on board it might make up for the past few Terminator films. Then I saw the trailer and didn't think it looked too promising. The new terminator, there is nothing scary or menacing about him, and the trailer itself was not particularly exciting. Then I saw Tim Miller was the director, and based on Deadpool, thought that despite the weak trailer it might be okay. Nope. Mackenzie, Arnold, and Linda can't save this film, and other than them and the new terminator designs, there's nothing worth watching in this film.
Films used to at least be entertaining, now, I wonder what is even the point of going to the movie theatre since most of the movies suck. They're just two hours of scripts that simply go from one scene to the next with zero character development and a flimsy plot, if there's one at all. And now, some of the time there aren't even stars in the film, or barely, like the new Charlie's Angels. Why should I pay $12-$28 just for the movie ticket to see a bunch of no-names who have the acting skills of cardboard, or an outline of a film that is based around visual effects and action scenes and has little to no story? Terminator 3-5 were not great films, but I at least enjoyed myself. Now, that seems to be too much to ask for. I didn't even see Terminator 6 because it didn't look very good and other than Arnold the leads were a bunch of barely known TV stars. Didn't seem promising.
I don't understand why they didn't hire Idris Elba for the lead villain. He seems like an obvious good choice. He has the imposing intimidation factor of Arnold and can also do the menacing, withering stare like Robert Patrick. The terminator they hired is officially the worst villain of all time. His acting choice was to do nothing. Nothing! How did he even get hired? If I ever see he's in another film again I will purposely avoid it 'cause he is the worst actor ever. The terminator might as well been a potted plant, 'cause it would have brought just as much to the roll as he did. The model chick in Terminator 3 that everyone hated was a better terminator than this wet noodle.
The new John Connor...she was fine. Nothing special. She definitely did not have the charm of Edward Furlong. With the strong chops of Mackenzie, Linda, and Arnold, I was willing to let her be "just fine," but when they showed future her I almost started laughing. She's saving the human raise? What is she, 4 foot 11? She's so little. At least with Edward Furlong, future John Connor was a grown man, not Edward Furlong, a little kid, pretending to be older. I just wasn't buying anyone would follow her or she could fight her way out of a paper bag. Just not very believable. Another obvious choice for the new John Connor is Zendaya. She has great acting chops, has the charm where you immediately care about her and feel for her safety, and she looks like she can kick butt. All necessary requirements to fill John Connor's shoes. If I don't believe she can survive, let alone lead an army, what's the point?
But even with Idris and Zendaya, this film still would have sucked. Maybe they could have made it more tolerable, or ANY actors with talent, but the film itself was nothing more than moving from one scene to the next. And how did the terminator always find where they were? If the terminator is so efficient, why does he have legs? That's not very efficient. If he is so unstoppable, why isn't he basically just a drone that flies around and kills her? it doesn't make much sense anymore that the terminator is a robot in the shape of a man if they're that advanced. Or why not be a virus, or a man that slips a mickey in her drink? Seems way more efficient than a robot. He doesn't remotely blend in, going around, blowing everything up, so why do they bother making him a man? With cameras everywhere, which was the reason supposedly the terminator was always able to find them, cops should have had an ID on the guy's face, yet he seemed to be able to fool the Army and the Border Patrol no problem.
Terrible script, terrible villain, mediocre lead, all around boring film. If you feel you must see it for Linda and Arnold, wait until it's out on streaming. There's a reason I was the ONLY one in the theatre seeing this bland turnip.
Review by plasticanimalz from the Internet Movie Database.