Movie Review: Terminator: Dark Fate


“Terminator: Dark Fate” is the sixth Terminator movie in the franchise and what was done very right with this latest installment was that James Cameron, threw out all that happened in the previous movies and started all over again with a new timeline. This was the only way to continue this great movie franchise that started in 1984 with the original “Terminator” film.

In the last Terminator movie, “Terminator Genisys”, released in 2015, the timeline was so complex and convoluted that the entire film made no sense. Eventually, with any story that involves time travel, an understandable and common sense story can get lost very quickly. This newest Terminator movie restarts the original idea created in the original “Terminator”, with a new Armageddon created by robots with the same reason for time travel. This time, to go back in time to end the life of a young Mexican woman who was helping humanity to defeat the machines, before she had a chance to save the human race.

With all of Terminator movies, the special effects are extremely good, but this one is one step better than the previous films because some of the action scenes are spectacular at a level that it is hard to believe that even with computer generation, the director was able to pull off some of the amazing action.

This latest installment, brings back Linda Hamilton, who last appeared in a Terminator movie in “Terminator Judgement Day”, that was released in 1991. Her appearance in this sequel is vital to the story line and most will be surprised at how she had aged, because she does look older than her 63 years.

The new protector of the young Mexican woman, Dani Ramos, played by Natalia Reyes, is actress Mackenzie Davis who is a enhanced human, not a robot that I thought was a very good additional idea for this story. Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again in another Terminator movie, having appeared in all of them expect for “Terminator Salvation”, released in 2009. This time around Arnold has not only aged, but over the years has developed very human characteristics, including even empathy for other human beings. Another great new idea is that the new Terminator has all the technology of the liquid metal version introduced in 1991, but this one can actually split into two terminators, with the second robot only skeletal.

The critics on Rotten Tomatoes are wrong again, giving Terminator: Dark Fate only a 70% rating. For the special effects alone, this movie should be given at least a 90% rating and I highly recommend this film.