Saturday, November 2, 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate Review: Why are the original two films just so hard to one up?

The Hit:

Sarah Connor helped stop the apocalypse from happening by taking down Skynet and saving the future. But, technology doesn't seem like it wants to give up.

Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta

Pros: What stood out from the beginning was how well de-aging technology can be used in portraying a younger version of someone, both Linda and Arnold in a "past scene" looked very real and well done. The new terminator was much more hard to stop and gave those trying to escape and survive a very hard time. This franchise has had its ups and downs but one thing it always prevails in is the action, such as gunfights, explosions, and thrilling moments, it is always an adrenaline rush. Seeing Linda and Arnold interact with each other was a treat, their last movie together if I am correct was Terminator 2 and that movie was a complete hell of a good sequel. Mackenzie Davis's character comes from the new future and is embedded with a tech that makes her a new kind of super-soldier, that new twist worked well for the time being. 

Cons: Sarah and company saved the world and its future with stopping Skynet so you would assume any terminators would cease to exist even from "her" future. A scene early on shows that they sent a couple of terminators to achieve their mission and this is after saving the world, so in turn, those still trying to get rid of John should have disappeared. I think that was just lazy writing regarding the timeline she helped from stopping. You'll know what I mean after seeing this movie, but it just raises questions about the term "Time Travel" and its effects. Some of the acting didn't do it for me and it had a little outcome on how I felt about the entirety of the flick but I've noticed with remakes or reboots of these classic titles that actors or actresses who are not well known sometimes hurt more than help a film. 

This is an average movie and still very entertaining, but the story didn't completely pull me in. The original and Sequel are still hard to beat. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

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