“Racists/Misogynists/-phobes are going to hate this movie because of [character]” is an obnoxious marketing ploy.
The use of it for the newest Terminator movie is stupid beyond measure.
My first thought was “I don’t give a fuck pretty much summarized my opinion of the next shitty Terminator film?”
Filmmaker Tim Miller has read your comments and knows that the general sentiment surrounding his upcoming “Terminator: Dark Fate” is a resounding “Why?” Specifically, after “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” why have filmmakers attempted (and failed) to bring back a franchise that hasn’t had a good sequel since the 1991 film? Well, Miller thinks he knows why and is hoping to show everyone come November.
I know the answer, but let’s see what he says.
In a new interview with Variety, Miller talks about why his film is different than previous ‘Terminator’ sequels that have sullied the image of James Cameron’s classic franchise. And apparently, a lot of that comes down to his lead, Mackenzie Davis.
Who is Mackenzie Davis and why should I care about her?
In the film, as seen in the trailer, Davis plays a new version of the “protector” character that has been seen in just about every ‘Terminator’ film since the first one in 1984. However, she’s not just a rehash of the Kyle Reese character from the original or Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lovable killer cyborg from ‘T2.’ No, she’s something very different.
“Joe [Abercrombie, a novelist & consultant for the film] came out with this idea that a new protector from the future is a machine fighter,” explained Miller. “It’s a painful life, and they’re scarred and take a lot of drugs to combat the pain of what’s been done to them. They don’t live a long time. It’s a very sacrificial role; they risk death to save others.”
I love The Terminator and T2, and I’m pretty sure both Reese and the T-600 die at the ends of those movies. Reese knew he was sacrificing himself when he went back in time, so I’m not sure how this ‘new protector’ is much different.
He continued, “And from the very first suggestion it was always a woman. We had to look for someone who has the physicality, but I’m very sensitive to actors. I didn’t just want a woman who could physically fit the role but emotionally as well. Mackenzie really wanted to do it; she came after the role. She worked harder than anybody.”
And when you give a role like this to a female, it’s likely to turn heads. Even with Sarah Conner, played by Linda Hamilton, becoming one of the most iconic badasses in all of film, the general feeling is that ‘Terminator’ is a muscle-bound, bro-y affair. And if you’re one of those guys that expect dudes kicking the shit out of other dudes in ‘Dark Fate,’ you’ll likely be disappointed.
Have any of these people watched the first two Terminator movies? Way to just blow past Sarah Connor and how awesome she was.
“If you’re at all enlightened, she’ll play like gangbusters,” said the director. “If you’re a closet misogynist, she’ll scare the fuck out of you, because she’s tough and strong but very feminine. We did not trade certain gender traits for others; she’s just very strong, and that frightens some dudes. You can see online the responses to some of the early shit that’s out there, trolls on the internet. I don’t give a fuck.”
I genuinely love The Terminator and T2, those were excellent movies that 35 and 28 years later still hold up. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in T2 was a total badass.
I didn’t realize that I needed to be enlightened to understand that, I just thought I needed to like superb action flicks.
The thing about great female and black characters from the 80’s and 90’s is that they were great. You weren’t force-fed some woke horseshit about how you should like them because they are minorities.
James Cameron made the protagonist of his move a woman and people ate it up.
Roger Murtaugh was too old for this shit in 1987. Apollo Creed beat the piss out of Rocky then joined the CIA and got killed by a Predator in South America. Then Murtaugh killed a Predator in LA in 1990. That was an awesome era of action movies.
In 1996, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was in the Marines and nuked a bunch of Aliens with the guy who predicted that the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park would start breeding.
I can’t imagine this current marketing style being used in the mid 90’s.
“If you’re at all enlightened, hell play like gangbusters,” said the director. “If you’re a closet racist, it’ll scare the fuck out of you to see a black man killing space aliens.”
We’ll see how Miller’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” plays with audiences when it’s released on November 1.
Based on this article, I’m sure it will play like shit with audiences.
If you want to know why there hasn’t been a successful sequel to the Terminator franchise since 1991, there is a simple answer: James Cameron.
James Cameron is a genius filmmaker and storyteller. He wrote and directed The Terminator and T2. Those were his.
Every single one since then has suffered from the Jaws Effect. What is the Jaws Effect?
Jaws is a fantastic movie. A true epic of a movie. Miguel has written much about that.
Only Steven Spielberg had the genius to take a story about a shark attack and turn it into the movie that created the summer blockbuster.
The sequels were not Spielberg movies. They were handed off to other directors to create formulaic gore movies that lacked the soul of Jaws.
T3 through T5 were the same, other directors and other writers using characters that Cameron created to make predictable CGI laden action movies. They lacked the soul, the ‘jeu ne se qua’ that made Cameron’s movies so great.
Now here is the kicker. James Cameron is back for T6. He is the producer and writer, with Miller directing. Cameron himself said “Terminator: Dark Fate is the direct sequel to Terminator 2.”
Holy shit, the genius is back!!! And he brought Schwarzenegger and Hamilton back with him!!!
This could be good.
Why the fuck didn’t they say that.
Screw telling me, someone who grew up watching and loving The Terminator and T2 that I won’t like the movie if I’m not “enlightened.” Tell me that James Cameron wrote the script.
In the words of ‘Joilet’ Jake Blues, they’re putting the band back together.
That should be the selling point of this movie. That should be the ONLY selling point of this movie.
If this movie bombs, it’s because this style of aggressive “woke” manufactured controversy marketing just turns people off.
If they want this movie to do well, just keep telling people that James Cameron is once again managing the franchise. We’ll come to see it for that.