Release Date: November 1st, 2019
MPA Rating: R (for violence throughout, language and brief nudity)
Runtime: 2 hr 8 min
Directed By: Tim Miller
Written By: David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Billy Ray
Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and Gabriel Luna
Terminator: Dark Fate begins soon after the final events of Terminator 2. In other words, this film is the third installment in the series. We see Sarah Connor and her son John in Central America. What happens here plays into the rest of the movie.
After these events, we are taken to the present day, where a modified human and a new upgraded Terminator appear, just as beings from the future did in the original Terminator movies. This time, the mission is similar as before but with a bit of a twist.
The Terminator has been sent back to kill the future leader of the human resistance, and an “augmented” human, Grace (Mackenzie Davis), with super human abilities is here to save the target. Along the way, we see an aged Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), and a reformed Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) attempt to help Grace.
The new Terminator (Gabriel Luna), a Rev-9, has abilities that surpass all other Terminators before it. It can reform just as the one from T2 did, but it can also separate into two Terminators. This proves to be problematic for those defending its target, Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), who lives with her father and brother in Mexico City.
The rest of the film is a bit of a cat and mouse scenario, while the Rev-9 follows and attempts to kill Dani, while her protectors try to save her. The film ends in a climatic scene with much destruction and death.
For the original Terminator fans who thought Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation and Terminator: Genisys, did not do the franchise justice, Terminator: Dark Fate will be a welcomed addition. Even so, the latest movie is a bit predictable and does not seem to come up with many original ideas.
One example would be the chase seen at the beginning of the movie. We watch as Grace is driving a pick-up truck with Dani in it, and they are being pursued by the Rev-9 who is driving a construction truck. This is reminiscent of the scene with Arnold and John Connor on a dirt bike while the Terminator is chasing them with a semi. Couldn’t they have thought of something new?
Arnold, again provides some good humor to the movie with his one liners. Apparently, he is in the drapery business and likes to talk about it. Linda Hamilton does well as a vengeful Sarah Connor, and she still has the abilities to back up her attitude. The newcomer, Mackenzie Davis, holds her own, and provides some good emotional scenes to boot. The new villain played by Gabriel Luna, is a force to be reckoned with, but he lacks the charisma that Robert Patrick had.
Overall, I would recommend Terminator: Dark Fate to fans of the original two movies, just so they can have some closure. It does not live up to the other two movies, and hopefully it will be the last one.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars