Terminator : Dark Fate (2019) – Dir Tim Miller

Tim Miller (Dead Pool) takes over directing duties and works with James Cameroon to erase all Terminator films that followed T2.

Starring Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Linda Hamilton (T2), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator) and Natalia Reyes (Birds of passage).

I confess that I might have been one of the few people who actually enjoyed Terminator Salvation. It took the series in the only way that was interesting which was the war between machines and humans. It had its issues but overall at least it was different. The other Terminator sequels were all rubbish. I also think that T2 was overrated. Yes its action was amazing and the story was good, but I hated the humour.

Here we have a reboot, essentially a mixture of T1 and 2. This is the problem. The first half an hour was good with Mackenzie Davis’s super soldier the stand out. However, things go down hill quickly with the return of Linda Hamilton chewing the scenery as Sarah Connor. I never liked her attempt to be a bad ass as it was too forced. It’s much worse here. Rock bottom is reached with the return of Arnie. The explanation for his inclusion is beyond stupid.

The film would have been so much better, if the new cast had been left to carry it. They are all good and it would have been a slicker movie. The new Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is a nice design and the action is well done. The problem is that its just another chase movie. If there are to be more (I hope not) they need to do something different and more edgy.

Also the script is poor. The attempts at diversity are so on the nose. It’s a good intention but needed to be more subtle in its application.

Rating – 6/10 – just more of the same. A tighter focus on Mackenzie Davis and Natalie Reyes would have elevated the movie

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