Sunday, November 3, 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate - Movie Review

The Movie: Terminator: Dark Fate

The Director: Tim Miller

The Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Luna, Diego Boneta, Fraser James

The Story: Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.

The Review:
If you don't already know, the people who made this movie want you to pretend that all the movies made after 1991's Terminator 2 don't exist and they never happened. Dark Fate picks up the story almost three decades later with Sarah Connor, played once again by Linda Hamilton, fighting off terminators from the future. Tim Miller, who is most well known for making Deadpool movies, takes over the franchise with a lot of guidance from James Cameron who directed the aforementioned T2.

The movie is good and there's lots of action, crazy fight scenes, tons of CGI special effects, and a non stop barrage of terminator craziness. The story is essentially the same as T2 which I guess is kind of a thing now with long awaited sequels, just repackage what worked and add shiny things to it. I really don't have problem with this, I mean it's the Terminator franchise, what else is there than to have terminators chase around people who are supposed to be a big deal in the future.

There are a few twists and turns to the story that helps to move everything forward and the addition of Natalia Reyes' character opens up things a bit from just being about the Conner family. It was also refreshing to see a movie with several male Mexican characters and none of them played by Michael Pena. Diego Luna has a very strong presence so he was a good fit to play the latest terminator villain and it's nice to see him get a big opportunity like this after his turn as Marvel's Ghost Rider came to a close.

Terminator: Dark Fate is pretty much what you expect and it does its job as a terminator movie. This is one of those movies you will enjoy and then a few weeks later forget it ever existed. At least until the marketing for the inevitable sequel kicks in.

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