Terminator: Dark Fate - Movie Review
Terminator: Dark Fate is directed by Tim Miller and stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta. Dark Fate takes the place as the official sequel to T2: Judgement Day and tells the story of a girl named Dani whose life is turned upside-down when a Terminator from the future comes to murder her, leading Dani to join forces with two warriors for protection: Grace (Mackenzie Davis), an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Dark Fate, right from the opening scene, is a film that makes very bold decisions. It also is a film that has a very similar story structure that we have seen in other Terminator movies before. Though these two aspects of Dark Fate can be taken negatively, I believe sticking to a similar formula while taking bold decisions along the way actually bodes well for this aspiring sequel. I relate it to Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. Though not as good as that film, it is very similar in the fact that both franchises rely on the similar story structure of a beloved previous installment to create a story that feels fresh, but harkens back to what we loved before. Other positives that come with this film are the performances, especially from Linda Hamilton and Mackenzie Davis. Though all the performances in this movie are well done, the portrayals of Grace and Sarah were definitely stand outs. The ark they take Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character on was one I was not expecting but actually thoroughly enjoyed. Schwarzenegger’s ark in the film not only led to a fresh dynamic we have not seen before, but also to a few surprisingly comedic scenes. When it comes to this film’s action scenes, I feel more mixed. On one hand, I had an enjoyable time watching the action scenes, but feel they were a bit too ambitious and over the top in regards to the universe that has been set before it. Also, though I felt the special effects and CGI in the opening of the film looked very great, throughout the movie the realism of these effects started to decline. This is very apparent when human characters have to be CGI’d in action scenes. Despite these small gripes, I found Terminator: Dark Fate to be a very entertaining movie. It is not a Top 10 of the year or anything, but a very easy and enjoyable watch. I recommend you check it out!
-Jacob C. Lacy