Terminator: Dark Fate is an intense action thriller. But if you've seen one Terminator movie you've seen them all. The outliers in this franchise being the first Terminator film having a horror vibe and Terminator Salvation, which reverses the roles(for a time)between the machine(played by Sam Worthington)and the human resistance(led by John Connor).
Dark Fate includes ideas from past films. Such as:
-Rev-9(the main antagonist)having a liquid form, and the ability to make spears from his body.
-Grace(played by Mackenzie Davis)is an augmented human; I felt was inspired by the human-Terminator combo from Salvation.
-Arnold being the sympathetic figure coming to the aid of the resistance.
-Strong female roles played by Linda Hamilton and actress Natalia Reyes.
Sarah Connor does elevate the film. The character's portrayal(I feel)is appropriate to how she'd react living through the experiences of the first two films as Dark Fate takes place after T2.
My biggest issue here is Arnold, who plays a T-800 Terminator model named Carl. His back story made me scratch my head.
-The T-800 raising a family in a non-physical relationship with the spouse. In all the time, the family has been together, didn't the mother or son have any doubts, concerns about Carl's behavior or actions? Even if he was the perfect father, wouldn't that raise questions?
-Arnold humor. Some of the comedy beats fell flat. Terminator comedy works when he's playing it straight and not trying to be funny.
-Future intel. Carl texted Sarah Connor future instances of Terminators appearing in the current timeline. She would then stop them. By film's end, Carl is finished. This leads me to believe that more robots are coming after these ladies. How are Sarah and Dani(played by Natalia Reyes)going to handle another Rev-9 showing up? If they had this much trouble with one here.
I enjoyed this film, the performances, and special effects were great, but unfortunately, this one's more of a cable/streaming/vod watch and not a must-see in theaters.
Time to do something completely different with this franchise? Maybe.
Here I have the T-800 versus Arnold from Terminator 2. Behind them is the Nela Level 6 Extreme Set. Action figure fun.