TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

★★★½

Starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta
Directed by 
Tim Miller
2019 / 128 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Linda Hamilton in Paramount Pictures Terminator: Dark Fate

Before watching the new Terminator: Dark Fate I felt that I should probably rewatch some of the earlier ones. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen them, in fact I’m not even sure I saw the original film (maybe, but it’s been forever). I did my research and on the guidance of the internet I decided I only needed to watch the first two and then skip the rest and jump right into this one. Those ones in the middle veered off a little too much I guess and I think if you forget about those ones you’ll find that this series is really quite good.

Sarah Connor (Hamilton) returns to stop an advanced liquid Terminator with the help from an augmented human. Together they try to stop him from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the human race. Linda Hamilton returns to one of her most famous roles. It’s fun to see her back because she is so interesting. Seeing how her character has evolved over time is one of the more enjoyable aspects of the Terminator movies. Schwarzenegger also returns, but he’s not as interesting. The new cast members joining the fun this time are pretty good, but maybe not as memorable as in past films.

Dark Fate tries to bring us back to where the series belongs and while it’s not quite as strong as the original film or the superior sequel it doesn’t disappoint and makes for a pretty decent action flick. I can understand why some of the die hard fans may not have enjoyed it as much because it does change a lot of where you thought this series was headed. Maybe that’s not a bad thing though. Unfortunately this film didn’t live up to it’s box office expectations so I’m not really holding my breath for another one, or another film following this one.

Mackenzie Davis & Linda Hamilton in Paramount Pictures Terminator: Dark Fate

The movie does drift a bit with its story which isn’t bad, but it’s just not as engaging as the first two films. Maybe it’s because I watched them all within a day of each other and I probably had my fill of Terminator movies, but this isn’t the one that’s going to be remembered.

As a stand alone movie it’s good and it does it’s job, but as a chapter in the Terminator series it could have been a little better and a little more of what the fans probably expected.

Grade: B-

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