Hollywood Needs to Learn to Stop Insulting Paying Customers
Have you seen the new Terminator flick? If not, you're in good company. Terminator: Dark Fate is a Skynet-sized bomb. There is no fate but what we make, and we're not making this movie a financial success. There are a few reasons for this. Part of it is franchise fatigue. The audience is reluctant to get snookered by yet another subpar cash-grab sequel. It's been almost 30 years since they made a good Terminator movie. What are the odds? The whole thing just seems pointless. It's nice that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are remaining active in their senior years, but it's a little ridiculous to watch a couple of oldsters pretending to kill robots.
But the box-office failure of this movie should also serve as a warning to Hollywood: Don't insult your audience.
Back in July, T:DF director Tim Miller said this in response to a question from Variety's Matt Donnelly: