The best possible version of a not-great Terminator film. The orginal had a lot of cheese ("talk to the hand," boob inflation etc) and more than enough whine (a weak, whingy John Connor). Smart and extensive cuts give more action, nicer characters; much less cringe and much less waffle. Has become a decent movie, well worth the watch.
It’s been many years since I last saw Rise of the Machines and, in all honesty, I am in no position to recall all those little details that made it a bad film. What I distinctly remember is the tone inconsistency compared to its predecessors (cringy jokes etc.) and the sour taste it left in my mouth, as a result. As a sequel to one of the best films ever made, it failed spectacularly, although it was not without some redeeming qualities, mainly an incredible ending. That ending did not deserve that movie, as some commentator nicely put it.
Uncanny Antman’s edit fixes all that and he does it in a way that is phenomenal! The Coming Storm is not only one of the best FanFixes I’ve ever seen, it is also a worthy successor to the original duology. It’s not T2: Judgement Day, of course! A sequel directed by some Jonathan Mostow, even masterfully edited, cannot be Judgement Day! But as far as I’m concerned, it is better than Genisys and Dark Fate combined. The serious tone has returned, the timeline inconsistencies have been removed, the visual and audio editing is perfect, and the whole narrative is still intact. All that were so artistically done that I could not even tell what was cut out to improve the original film. I’ve read some complaints about the time paradox of the future virus inserted by the editor in some of the reviews. In my opinion, that is no different from Kyle Reese coming from the future to become John Connor’s father, so no problem there for me. There were just a couple of awkward Arnie grimaces here and there –just before the T-800 shuts down, for example- but removing them was kind of impossible, I believe.
All in all, Uncanny Antman provides everything I’ve ever wished for, as he takes a heavily flawed film and turns it into something more than respectable and watchable. Finally, the film has become an enjoyable ride from the beginning to the end, and not just in the end. Certainly a work well-done.
Although I didn't mind the original version, it didn't hold the same value to me compared to the first two which are in my top 10 movies of all time. Uncanny Antman has turned a good movie in my eyes into an even better movie as it feels more like the other two movies with the edits that have been made especially the terminator having minimal dialogue which makes it more intimidating and terrifying than before and more how a terminator should act.
I appreciate Uncanny Antman removing the dumber moments of this movie, trying to bring the tone closer to the movies that came before. But at the end of the day, I don't think this edit changes enough to make it worthwhile going out of your way to watch. The movie itself just kind of undermines the point of the two previous movies. Unless you can get around that, this movie won't be worth watching. The original movies were about creating your own destiny and eschewing determinism. This movie just says, "Well, everything still happens anyway. There's no changing anything."
If Terminator: Dark Fate didn't exist, I'd probably be more inclined to recommend this edit because I would've thought it would be the best we were gonna get. But Dark Fate was basically the movie this should've been.
The editing itself on this is excellent. I knew when things were cut just because of remembering them from the original movie, but I didn't notice any jarring cuts or transitions. It all seemed very well done to me. Unfortunately, it just wasn't different enough. It still felt mostly just like the same movie but slightly better due to some omissions here and there.
This is a solid alternative to a significantly dated and flawed movie. Terminators act like their function dictates they should, cornier jokes and callbacks are omitted. It's not a movie I tend to reflect on with much fondness (even though, gullible me, I saw it twice in theatres), but this is an edit Antman can reflect on with pride as it manages to become T3's "Salvation". This is his edit's judgement day, and it is spared a dark fa...(ok, I'm stop with the lousy title puns now)