Terminator Dark Fate Review

Brenda Watkins
October 31, 2019

Maybe not a ideal one but nobody said it would be. The premiere was scheduled to occur on Monday at Hollywood and place to be appreciated by Hamilton, Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Luna, and Mackenzie Davis. The first major action setpiece, in which Grace saves Dani and her brother, driving them through Mexico City as the Rev9 pursues them in a large construction vehicle, calls to mind the scene in T2 when Schwarzenegger's Terminator saves a young John while the T-1000 chases them down through the freeways of Los Angeles. The Rev-9 isn't alone in going back to the past.

We'll have to wait a few weeks for box office figures to reveal whether another new "Terminator" might be on the horizon, though, with Miller noting, "We won't know until a few weeks into November". The gritty sci-fi thriller introduces Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin disguised as a human that travels from 2029 back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). And one can not blame the bean counters for returning to it every time they announce a reboot, like the latest Terminator Dark Fate, which even has Cameron's blessings and brings back Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor. Judgement Day, the day when Skynet becomes self aware is avoided once again with the destruction of Cyberdyne Systems that was developing the technology to create Skynet. Ironically, the sequence feels crammed in to raise the scope of the film's action beyond what it needs to be-something that's become a tired cliché in the age of CGI-infused blockbusters, and a tendency that can be traced right back to T2. The addition of Furlong was great fan service, and Schwarzenegger, as usual, proves that he was born to be The Terminator. Meanwhile, James Cameron went on to make such blockbusters as Aliens, and The Abyss.

Which brings us to Hamilton's highly-anticipated reunion with Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprising his role as the titular robot. Bottom line: As ever, the series' stewards aren't especially committed to all of that waxing profound about there being "no fate but what we make". All the correct pacing is back in the film, and the story is fresh, yet familiar. No, a remark about Texas takes the prize.

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"I feel that every time Jim Cameron is concerned, you see an evolution within the Terminator", says the actor. "It is so much work to do a story like this, so I know they wanted to just focus on the first one, try our best, and let's see what happens".

But as amusing as this film can be at times, the question of whether it should continue to exist is completely separate. I've yet to physically meet the new cast because I never went to the set. Linda Hamilton is back, which means there's a Terminator movie worth watching again.

"I don't want to be that person in my neighbourhood". The Dani-Grace-Sarah she-umverate certainly plays like an extension of territory he's explored through "Aliens", television's "Dark Angel", and, of course, "The Terminator" and "T2". The best parts of this movie are its older stars, which is all well and good but implies that the true Dark Fate is that any sequel can't hope to live up to what came before. With as great as we were hoping Terminator: Dark Fate would be, it would seem that we got faked out once again by the creator and were offered a odd amalgamation of the past movies as the cherry-picking must have been happening behind the scenes for no one to pick it up until now.

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