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Review: Terminator: Dark Fate delivers a matching coda for the first two films



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Enlarge / This is for the ladies: Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis and Linda Hamilton play the lead role in Terminator: Dark Fate The sentient AI from a dystopian future is back and still broadcasting Scheduling robots back in time to eliminate annoying people who may one day defeat them in Terminator: Dark Fate . The latest episode of director Tim Miller is great entertainment and a welcome return for the Terminator franchise with a great cast, great special effects and non-stop action.

(Some spoilers below.)

It's technically the sixth movie in the series, but it's actually been conceived as a direct sequel to the hugely successful first two films: Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day . Terminator: Dark Fate ignores pretty much all other Terminator movies that exist in alternate timelines. Best of all, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are reunited with James Cameron as producer. The movie takes place over two decades after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. A new, improved terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future to kill a young woman named Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes). A hybrid cyborg man (Mackenzie Davis) teams up with Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and the original Terminator (Schwarzenegger) to protect her.

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998, having turned Judgment Day a few years earlier. (Edward Furlong was initially tapped to repeat his role as John Connor, but ultimately this did not happen.) Instead, Miller used CGI to emulate Furlong's youthful face from T2 . 2020 and the arrival of two new visitors from the future in Mexico City: Grace and the Rev-9 Terminator. Grace manages to save Dani from a factory hall for the first attack of the Rev-9 and to be on the run with the Rev-9.

Just when it looks awful, Sarah Connor comes to the rescue and they rush to regroup from the grate. Sarah is understandably suspicious of Grace. And Grace comes with a bad message: "You may have changed the future, but you have not changed our destiny." Skynet never emerged in the modified timeline of the future, but it was an AI designed for cyberwarfare, called Legion. And still a human resistance was formed. Dani will play a key role in this resistance, so of course Legion wants to see her dead.

T2 is undoubtedly one of the best film sequences of all time, and Miller is determined to create the same magic with a clever mix of old and new. An essential part of this formula is to increase the stakes with an advanced terminator model that seems almost impossible to destroy. The Rev-9 incorporates aspects of T-1000's original and liquid metal from T2 : It features an updated underlying endoskeleton with a "mimetic polylation" (almost ferrofluidic) that may look like skin peel off make the machine doubly deadly. Luna – known as Ghost Rider in Marvel's agent of SHIELD – brings in a wild intensity best exemplified by a scene in which he mows through a crowd of border guards without ever losing sight of to avert his flight target, Dani.

Hamilton is better than ever as Sarah Connor. She spends almost a year with a strenuous exercise program to get her 60s body back into combat form. Her slender, torn physique in T2 made her a feminist icon equaling Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in the franchise Alien. Nevertheless, she may look carefully here in her age. This is a weather-beaten, embittered Sarah who has earned all those scars and wrinkles and has only hardened over the years. She identifies with Dani, as she was to be terminated for the first time at the same age and give birth to a great hero of resistance. Sarah assumes that Dani is only of value or interest because of her body. Her expression as she learns that Dani is actually destined to lead human resistance in this new timeline varies between amazement and regret.

Reyes and Davis are both great in their respective roles, and Schwarzenegger once again brings his Deadpan brand delivery. The special effects are great, the pace is lively and the stunts are adequately exaggerated – as always, there are many explosions and property damage. If there is a mistake in this latest movie, everything seems a little too familiar. Some of this can be purposely seen as a recall to earlier films, but it's also because it's difficult to find such a successful formula while things are still fresh.

Dark Fate delivers a matching Coda Terminator and T2 while new characters are featured in a new timeline to record a possible next film. Unfortunately, the film seems to be below average at this inaugural weekend at the US box office, which is undoubtedly disappointing for those hoping to revive the franchise. Personally, while I would like to see the adventures of Dani, Grace, and Sarah taking over all the Terminators, what, do you think Legion will give up so easily? -, slowly showing the proven formula It was his age and we already had a great TV spin-off with The Sarah Connor Chronicles . Maybe it's time to relax the franchise. At least it would go full blast with Dark Fate .

                  
              


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