Small Screen Reviews

Terminator: Dark Fate Review

Terminator Dark Fate 1 DVD/Blu-ray

Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox   

What’s It About?
In this reboot of the classic franchise, a Terminator is sent back to elimate young Mexican Dani Ramos, but fortunately enhanced human Grace and veteran Sarah Connor are on hand to protect her.   

Who’s In It?
Natalia Reyes (Cumbia Ninja, Birds Of Passage, & more recently Running With The Devil)
Mackenzie Davis (The Martian, Blade Runner 2049, Tully)   

Other notables include:
Linda Hamilton (Terminator, Terminator 2, Dante’s Peak)
Arnold Schwarzeneggar (Terminator, T2, Predator, & more recently Maggie)   

Director: Tim Miller (Deadpool)     

Audiences Expect:
A mere 35 years after the low-budget classic, the Terminator franchise marches on, this time in its sixth incarnation. And it would be fair to see that aside from the blockbusting T2 in 1991, all those that have followed in its wake have been underwhelming to say the very least, but with three prominent female leads, there is fresh hope with Terminator: Dark Fate.
The film, directed by Deadpool’s Tim Miller and under the guidance of Jim Cameron, is without doubt an homage to the first two movies – at times too much so. It begins in Mexico in 2022, with the arrival of Grace, an enhanced augmented human sent back from the future to protect Dani Ramos, a factory worker, and unknown to her future resistance hero from a terrifying new prospect in the form of a Rev-9 Terminator (essentially the best of the T-800 and the T-1000 with a few new nifty features).
Fortunately for both Dani and Grace, there is another guardian angel watching over them with the pleasing return of Sarah Connor – the battle-hardened tough mother. The first half whistles by with the quarrelling trio, the ever-advancing machine, and a hell of a lot of carnage, but surprisingly, following the intro of Arnie, the film slightly loses its way with some wayward humour, before ending in its predictable metallic climax.
Franchise newbies Natalia Reyes and Mackenzie Davis really impress in their lead roles, with Linda Hamilton snarling her lines gruffly, but the main let downs are a comedic Arnie and a Terminator in Gabriel Luna who is not as intimidating as he should be.
That said, the first half of the film really is a return to form for the franchise, and for once, this reboot is not a massive let down and could bode well for the inevitable future incarnations. In truth, however, Dark Fate is a great reminder of how astonishing the first two films were.   

In A Nutshell:
Some superb leads ensure that this reboot is a worthy successor to T2 – let’s just forget about the ones inbetween.   

Highlight:
Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes’ performances
The opening half of the film including the highway scene   

Lowpoint:
Arnie’s role
The second half of the film peters out a little


Release date: 02/03/2020

Certificate: 15

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