review Terminator: Dark Fate
Terminator's series has long been about trying to maintain hope for the future of humanity in the face of ruthless automated attack. Terminator: Dark Fate embraces that idea in a way that leads the series to a new direction while abandoning many of the features that the series has been known for so far.
It's an action-packed, action-packed and humorous film that captures the spirit and pace of james cameron's first two parts in the series in a way that none of the last three films have succeeded. It's simply terminator's best movie since T2: Judgment Day.
One of the main reasons is that Dark Fate not puts Arnold Schwarzenegger at the center of everything, but he appears later in the film and quite enough from the on-screen period.
While Terminator's first film used him as a villain and was presented by Judgment Day as the new version of the T-800 as a heroic protector, the famous actor's shadow remained largely dominant, perhaps too much, on the next three films, even when he retreated for a small, digitally reinvented role.
What makes Terminator: Dark Fate succeed sought to succeed because Rise of the Machines, Salvation and Genisys failed is that he knows: first - the least best when it comes to Arnold/T-800, and secondly - that the first two films succeeded because they were actually about Sarah Connor and not about the killing machine that the film bears its name.
Dark Fate brings back Linda Hamilton as the shattered and older Sarah Connor character, the best and smartest thing the film does to ensure its creative success where the last three series films failed.
The charisma and cruelty of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, which we loved around them decades ago, still exist. But the passage of all this time, on the other hand, only added more appeal to their characters on screen. Hamilton, in particular, is able to amaze us, as Sara did from her first appearance.
She wonderfully takes advantage of all the bitterness and destruction that Sarah, who saved the world at the end of T2, but did not get the happy ending she might expect to be given victory. The future and human nature had other plans.
It's good if Sarah Connor hasn't spent the last few decades thinking about her glories. Similar to Jimmy Lee Curtis in Halloween 2018, Hamilton's return as Sarah gives credence and dramatic weight to the film, which was lacking in the films that followed T2.
Once again, it can immediately capture our attention, respect and compassion from the moment it appears on screen. Sarah knows something bad is going to happen at some point and she's ready to confront her by any lethal means she's got.
But Sarah Connor is just one face of Terminator: Dark Fate. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns here as another T-800.
Without burning too much, I can reveal that Dark Fate explores the dynamicbetween man and Terminator without underestimating the tension inherent in their relationship.
Having mentioned the above, it is worth mentioning that the film also finds a way to explain Schwarzenegger's aging and at the same time subtly delves into that idea for fun and humor.
But Dark Fate expects viewers to jump over some gaps in the character's off-screen development process.
Despite the return of Hamilton and Schwarzenegger, Terminator: Dark Fate is not just an exercise of nostalgia. While the story may strike some familiar chords (terminator seeks to kill a woman who holds the key to humanlife's future survival against machines, resulting in a lengthy chase), the film also deliberately gets rid of other familiar faces in order to move away from repeating the same characters and continuity that the series has explored over the past few decades.
Dark Fate is a big gamble in this area, but it's a wise gamble that we hope will give this venerable and exhausting series a new chance at life. (If the series ends here, Terminator: Dark Fate also offers the perfect conclusion to the series.)
The fast-paced thriller directed by Tim Miller succeeds in introducing new heroes to us to hang on to, most notably Danny Ramos, played by Natalia Rise, and Grace, who plays McKenzie Davis.
Rise is the counterpart to Sarah Connor from the original 1984 film, but with some major changes, the cyber-superpower character davis plays kyle reese as the protector who helps others.
Both actresses shine in their scenes, both action scenes and dramas.
Rise in particular wasn't the centerpiece of the spotlight in the pre-release publicity shows, but it almost snatches everyone's spotlight.
McKenzie Davis also presents the role of the brave action heroine here, teaching many lessons while not losing the human and emotional feelings that drive her character.
Gabriel Luna is Robert Patrick's counterpart/ While his character does nothing we've never seen in the series
before, the villain's prowess, played by Luna, adds a sense of tension to our heroes throughout the film (and therefore to viewers as well).
These new and returning characters help to give emotional credence to the film's many action scenes that have been lacking in the last few parts. While
terminator tries to kill someone here, it
won't be just an action scene without feelings.
Action scenes are presented in Fate Dark may
not be able to outperform cameron's first two films in the series, but it erases the damage done to the series through three failed films.