Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator – a Rev-9 – travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani's survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace, an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor. As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 from Sarah’s past that may be their last best hope.

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Reviewed on December 3, 2019 by Jon Kaye

Summary

Rated R, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fo, 128 Minutes


If you are a Terminator fan, and who isn't, you are going to enjoy this movie. It is just not a great, well thought out, venture.  It is the more of the standard Terminator saga you would have come to expect (not unlike watching John Wick I, II, III).  Nothing very clever or insightful (read folks like Neal Stephenson for that). Interestingly, James Cameron considers the film as a direct sequel to his own films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He was not involved in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015), so Terminator: Dark Fate disregards the events of these films, as well as the short-lived TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). In 2017, Cameron commented that he has been generally supportive of those films due to his close friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but for various reasons, they did not work for him, so he decided to produce a true sequel himself. This means that Rise of the Machines, Salvation, Genisys and Sarah Connor Chronicles are being described as occurring in alternate timelines.
What I Liked
  • Lots of action
  • Wonderful cinematography
  • Great special effects
What I Didn’t
  • Nothing very original
  • Lots of lapses in logic