Terminator: Dark Fate Review

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Terminator: Dark Fate Review Darryl Linington
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What’s it about: More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother (Diego Boneta) and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator — a Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) — travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani’s survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace (Mackenzie Davis), an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor. As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from Sarah’s past that may be their last best hope.

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The crit: I have been a long-time fan of the Terminator franchise; however, I will admit, after Terminator 2: Judgement Day, things began to go south for the franchise. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was sub-par where Terminator Salvation introduced us to the future we have been wanting to see, it was dark, gritty, and full of action; however, it did not build on the actual story and fell flat when it came to the plot and actors… yes I’m looking at your boring ass, Christian Bale. Granted, it did have awesome visuals.

When it came to Terminator: Genisys, I was optimistic that this would be the Terminator to set things right; however, I was pretty much smashed back into reality when I realised it was more of a copy and paste of Terminator 2: Judgment Day that just included younger actors, a CGI Arnold Schwarzenegger, and an opportunity to throw every reference that made Judgement Day a hit at the audience.

Fast forward to 2019 and Terminator: Dark Fate has risen, like a phoenix, from the ashes. It’s the sequel to Judgement Day, which essentially (thankfully) obliterates the past train wrecks in the franchise.

While Terminator: Dark Fate is not the saviour of the franchise, it is most definitely the building blocks toward the franchised being saved. After Genisys, I wanted this franchise to stop and bury itself in the back garden… but after watching Terminator: Dark Fate, I was honestly hungry for more.

What makes Terminator: Dark fate a step in the right direction is quite honestly the removal John Connor. Yes, this character was the main focus; however, the storyline just began to become tiresome. What will John do next, where will John go next, who is going to try to kill John… Do we get little John, big John, past John or present John. Will John become the saviour or the enemy… After Judgement Day this became the Terminator soap opera. So… be gone, John!

What also makes Terminator: Dark Fate a worthy push in the right direction is the cast. Arnold is back (see what I did there) and so is the phenomenal Linda Hamilton – who in my opinion is the ultimate bad-ass motherly type that I’d want to be stuck in an end of the world scenario with. Newcomers Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), Grace (Mackenzie Davis), and Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) all kick some pretty hard ass throughout the film – making it full of non-stop action from start to finish.

There were so many times when I actually felt tense throughout the combat scenes as they were just so intense. What also kept me in my chair was the fact that there was a pretty decent story on offer here, which keeps some key plot-points under wraps in order to explain the entire rationale behind Grace’s motives to protect Dani.

Another big draw here is just how freaking cool the Rev-9 is. The Rev-9’s primary feature is the ability to split its mimetic poly-alloy exterior and endoskeleton into two separate units. Making it pretty much two Terminators in one. This was an insane and fantastic idea that worked out to this film’s benefit.

While Arnold Schwarzenegger has a huge role in the film, thankfully, he is himself and not some awfully rendered CGI replica. He has some pretty awesome one-liners and a number of crazy fight scenes. He also shows a side to the Terminator that quite honestly makes you just want to give him a hug… even when vehicles are exploding and buildings are crumbling around you.

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With Terminator: Dark Fate hitting cinemas globally, is it worth watching at the Box Office?

Overall, I would have to say that Terminator: Dark Fate has taken a step in the right direction. It has introduced some great new ideas as well as done us all a favour by abolishing the events of everything that happened in the films produced after Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

With new tech, old faces, evolved enemies, and a kick-ass cast… Terminator: Date Fate sets the franchise off in a direction that is much needed. There is a new story here that is coupled with familiar elements, which is a good thing. Let’s just hope that it keeps heading in this direction and continues to move away from the John Connor saga.

Granted, I’d love to see Edward Furlong reprise the role, but in more of a weird time paradox cameo role where he can be seen in the background screaming “go team” or something like that… Maybe that’s just me.

By: Darryl Linington
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