Terminator: Dark Fate Review

Terminator: Dark Fate is the newest installment in the James Cameron classics. Instead of continuing from Terminator: Genisys, it breaks off of that storyline and continues from the events after Terminator 2: Judgment day. (Photo courtesy of Public Domain)

Terminator: Dark Fate released on November 1 in theatres around the globe. Dark Fate takes place after the second movie in the franchise, due to it being easy to continue that storyline instead of it’s more confusing later installments. The movie uses the original actors from the first and second films, giving it that little cinematic boost of extra flair. 

First off, anyone going in the theatres expecting a full blown Terminator movie will not be dissapointed. You’ll be sure to see explosions and gunfire around every corner. Dark Fate certainly does its name justice, due to the fight scenes being very gritty and overpowering with seemingly no hope of a good outcome. Every clank or crush of metal sounds like it belongs in the movie.

In case anyone’s wondering, the new terminators are also perfectly done. The terminators in Dark Fate are just as–if not more–ruthless as they were in previous chapters. These tanks are not only hell bent on destroying their target but will also annihilate anything that gets in their way. In every Terminator movie, the fight scenes between new terminators and the old (but not obsolete) model T-101, played by none other than Arnold Shwarzeneggar, are just spectacular. It really shows how they will truly stop at nothing to accomplish their mission, whether that be killing a target or protecting them. 

Not only do the terminators look extremely authentic (not to mention unkillable), so do the humans who fight against them. Set in the sunlit hillsides of Mexico City, the actors look more battle-scarred and rugged as the movie goes on. There are visible signs of fatigue and exhaustion after each daring escape from the REV-9 (The new terminator model introduced in Dark Fate). Linda Hamilton makes a return as Sarah Connor in the Terminator series, which was sort of unexpected. In past movies the original actors have been replaced with other actors, such as Emilia Clarke in Terminator: Genisys instead of the original actor Linda Hamilton. The actor that played John Connor in Terminator 2, Edward Furlong, also makes a brief appearance in the beginning of Terminator: Dark Fate. 

This movie is an overall successful installment in the Terminator franchise. The story is easy to follow if you’ve watched the first two movies, the fight scenes are completely over-the-top with action just around every corner, and callbacks to the original characters are done spectacularly. I would definitely recommend these films to anyone who has an interest in these types of sci-fi, action-oriented movies that keep your blood pumping even after the credits roll. This seemed like a perfect way to end the series. However if James Cameron makes another movie, I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest.


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