Terminator: Dark Fate Is R-Rated, Will Not Be A Big-Scale Film

Like many Terminator fans, I have the not-so-controversial opinion that the franchise’s quality took a bit of a nosedive after the fantastic Terminator 2: Judgment Day hit theaters. One could argue certain strengths of that third film or even The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but none of it really felt like it was on the same level as those first two movies, and a lot of that has to do with the tone of the stories.

No longer were they tense, nail-biting suspense films, but instead turned into convoluted and overly large-in-scope ones. This left plenty of opportunities for disappointment at every turn. For the “third” entry (or sixth, depending on how you count) in the franchise, Terminator: Dark Fate, producer James Cameron confirms that this will indeed be a return to the style of those first two movies, as he revealed in an interview with Flicks and the City. Oh yeah, and he also confirms an R rating for the film:

“I think, tonally, what makes this a direct sequel to T1 and T2 is as much about the tone as it is about the narrative: it’s R rated, it’s grim, it’s gritty, it’s fast, it’s intense, it’s linear. The whole story takes place in 36 hours. It’s not this kind of grandiose, complex story. It’s just very focused on the characters, it’s very now, it’s very present and it’s just a fast white-knuckle ride.”

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I could not be happier to see this. I’ll admit that while I enjoyed the recent trailer for Dark Fate, I was put off a bit by some of the plane action going on there. With the rest of the film seeming grounded, those sequences seemed a bit too epic and out there to truly be in line with those first two movies. While that still may ultimately be the case, it does seem as though they were hyper-aware to keep the scope low, so perhaps it’ll still carry the same emotional resonance as those first two movies.

What do you think of Cameron’s comments? Do you think going R-rated is the way to go, considering the past three films have been PG-13? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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