Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) A Review

As Far as Recent Terminator Reviews go, this one wasn’t that bad.


DIRECTOR:  Tim Miller

STARRING:  Mackenzie Davis, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger

SCREENPLAY:  James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee

GENRE:  Action/Adventure

RUNTIME:  128 mins

★★★ 3.5 Stars

We have had some real stinkers when it comes to follow ups to James Cameron’s original masterpiece.  Hitting rock bottom with 2015s Genysis, which was one hell of a shit show.  This one is, quite happily, no where near that bad.  

Grace has been sent back in time to protect Dani, a young woman who is the key to the human resistance against the terminators in the future (This sounding at all familiar yet?)  Along the way, they meet up with none other than Sarah Conner, who thought she had prevented Judgement day, only to discover that another AI rose up to take over human-kind.

So yeah, the story in this one is basically exactly the same as the first one.  And therefore you can basically predict the entire story once you have figured that out, which isn’t all that hard.  The inclusion of Arnie is a nice no to the original film, but they have buttered his character so much that he has become barely more than comic relief, and even then it’s bad comedy.  

My biggest beef with this film though wasn’t the terribly predicable story.  But the god-awful dialogue.  The humour was stunted and not funny at all, and so much of the dialogue was either cheesy or was delivered in an unconvincing way.  The script just seemed lazy to me.  It is hard to believe this film is really related to the original Classic of the 80s.  The only thing that hold true are the awesome action sequences and their penchant to blow things up.

Some of the CG effects in places also looked a little ropy. When jumping and flying around, the newest version of the terminator looked like a digitally enhanced carton, and digitally de-aged Arnie at the beginning looks nothing like that character he is supposed to be.

So in short, OK story, awesome action sequences, but poor dialogue and characterisation.

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