Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – Movie Review

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – Movie Review


I would love to see a prequel short film called
Carlís Draperies. Hey everybody, welcome to Mainely Movies. Today Iím gonna be talking about the 2019
sci-fi action sequel: Terminator: Dark Fate. If youíre new here, please consider subscribing
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pros and cons, my rating, and some tailored film recommendations, so be sure to watch
through to the end of this video for all of that extra content. Terminator: Dark Fate stars Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, and Natalia Reyes and was directed by Tim Miller. Set 25 years after the events of T2, it tells
the story of Dani Ramos, played by Natalia Reyes, whoís been targeted for termination
by an assassin sent from the future. With the help of a future soldier, Sarah Connor,
and a franchise mainstay, she must try to stay alive and kill the Terminator assassin. If thereís one thing weíve learned about
the Terminator franchise over these last thirty-five years, itís that nothing is set in stone. Right from the very first movie, weíve been
told that thereís no fate but what we make for ourselves and thatís a quote that the
rest of these movies have really lived up to. Very little has stayed consistent from one
film to the next and our understanding of the future, as well as the past, has been
complicated and straight-up changed on more than one occasion. So how has this franchise gotten away with
that and persisted for so long? Time travel. The answerís simple, but the execution of
it isnít. And so the franchise has utilized it with
various degrees of success ñ sometimes as a means of pushing the story in a unique direction
and sometimes as a crutch to keep things limping along. In either case, every movie in this franchise
has utilized it to change something significant in the story and Terminator: Dark Fate is
really no different. Due to the multitude of timelines in the franchise
at this point, it can be kinda hard to keep track of where things stand for the characters
and the fate of humanity. So, Dark Fate simplifies things for us by
making it clear where (in time and chronology) this movie sits. This film is set after T2, but a significant
event alters the trajectory of the story, effectively erasing T3, Salvation, and Genisys
from the timeline. That significant event comes in the opening
minutes of the movie, but Iím not gonna spoil it for you cause itís big and essential to
the story, but it also starts things off with an unexpected tone. Itís a big change thatís definitely gonna
upset a lot of people, but itís one of those things where you kinda just have to role with
the punches and remember that nothing in this franchise is set in stone. There is no fate. And thereís nothing to say that a seventh
Terminator movie wonít alter the events of this one. As far as the actual story goes, I think Dark
Fate is the strongest since T2. It certainly borrows heavily from that movie
and hits many of the same basic story beats, but I think thereís enough thatís different
here to still distinguish it and set it apart. This film also continues the exploration of
humanity in machines thatís been a main theme in the franchise since that second movie. Itís familiar in the way that it approaches
that idea ñ almost an amalgamation of T2, Salvation, and Genisys, but approaches how
this manifests in certain characters in a way we havenít seen before. This Terminator humanity concept also gets
a good deal of focus devoted to it, which is nice after how glossed over it was in Genisys,
despite potentially being one of the most interesting aspects of that movie. Much like the story and themes, Dark Fateís
characters are also very familiar. Arnold Schwarzeneggerís T-800 is back once
again, but weíve never seen him quite like this. Thereís more of an emotional and heavy backstory
for him that adds a bit of heft to the story. Donít worry though, he still has that quirky
literal humor that weíve come to expect from his character. And heís got a lot of good lines and moments
in this one, including a weirdly entertaining conversation about drapes. Our other familiar face is Linda Hamilton
as Sarah Connor, returning to the role after twenty-eight years. She also has some good moments, but overall
I found her to be a pretty unlikable character here. There are certainly reasons built into the
story to explain her actions and general demeanor, but she was very cynical and, surprisingly,
one of my least favorite characters in the movie. The returning characters are obviously gonna
be familiar, but many of the new characters are also extremely reminiscent of past players
in the franchise, once again, heavily drawing on T2. Now this wouldnít be a Terminator review
if I didnít at least briefly talk about the action. For the most part, it was quite good. There are a few very good chase sequences
and the CGIís pretty impressive too. There are a few weird moments and it does
have that more modern action sheen to it, but the action was generally on par with the
other sequels. In fact, I think Dark Fate as a whole was
pretty on par with the rest of this franchise and serves as a good, slightly reimagined,
continuation of the story put forth by the first two films. Alright, letís talk about the pros and cons. Pro number one is Arnold Schwarzenegger as
the T-800. He was easily my favorite character in this
movie and actually brought a little bit of everything to the story. He was an obvious nostalgic connection to
the earlier films, but also contributed to the action, emotion, and nearly all the humor. I might be a bit biased cause Iíve always
found his character to be very entertaining, but he truly was the highlight here and the
film improves considerably as soon as heís introduced. The second pro is the unique continuation
of the story, specifically with how it relates to T2.] I know that this is gonna be a point of contention
and a lot of people would put this in the cons, but I kinda like where they go with
the story. The franchise altering event at the beginning
of the movie is a bit shocking and I can see how people could be upset with it, but surprisingly
the plot works even with that change. Itís unexpected and results in some story
threads and character moments you might not have ever anticipated for a Terminator movie. On the con side, I had a few minor issues
with the pacing and rehashed story beats, but I only had one major issue and itís not
one I ever expected to have with this movie: Sarah Connor. Linda Hamiltonís return to this role has
been the major marketing tool and source of hype for this movie, but I really didnít
like the character. I think the fault lies with the script rather
than Hamiltonís performance, but she comes across as very one-note. Like I said, thereís a reason for her characterís
demeanor and she does have some really good badass action scenes, but thereís just something
about her character thatís kinda off-putting here for me. The story had clear paths of character growth
for her that just never got taken and so, I hate to say it, but her presenceÖ her whole
thing just got old pretty quick for me. Iím gonna give Terminator: Dark Fate 3 out
of 5 paws. Iíd say itís a high 3Ö I was kinda on the
fence between 3 and 3.5, but a 3 feels more appropriate cause this movie has a lot to
like, but doesnít offer much in terms of overall quality to set it apart from some
of the other better Terminator films. I would recommend Terminator: Dark Fate to
fans of the Terminator franchise. I do think, however, that this is gonna be
the most divisive film in the franchise cause of its major opening event, but also cause
it essentially wipes out the last three movies in the franchise. Both things are bound to aggravate and alienate
different sectors of the fanbase, but itís still a solid continuation of the story after
T2. While it could be enjoyable as an action movie
to a Terminator novice, you really should check out T1 and especially T2 beforehand
to get the most out of this movie. If you liked Terminator: Dark Fate, Iíve
obviously gotta recommend Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Not only does this film pick up shortly after
the events of that one and tie into it quite a bit, but there are a lot of story beats
and characters that follow similar paths to those present in T2. If you want to see another movie about an
enhanced soldier from another time, you should check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There arenít any robots, but the main antagonist
does have a bionic arm. And if youíre sick of Terminator movies at
this point, you might wanna try the 2018 Halloween. Itís another example of a very delayed sequel
that ignores previous sequels and features its star female character returning after
several decades. Alright, a couple questions for you guys. Number one: Have you seen Terminator: Dark
Fate? If so, whatíd you think of it? And number two: What do you think of sequels
ignoring the events of previous sequels? Be sure to leave your answers in the comments
below so we can get a discussion going. Alright, so if you got some enjoyment, insight,
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6 thoughts on “Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – Movie Review

  1. What do you think of Terminator: Dark Fate? Are you happy to see Linda Hamilton in her iconic role again?

    Let me know in the comments below! ⬇️

  2. Hi Alyssa, I don't know if I should say spoilers, so I'll say it SPOILERS, I haven't see see the movie yet , but my friends have, an they loved it so I'll probably love it too, I've seen the adverts an read books of movies, my friends talk about movies, so it doesn't really spoil the movie for me even if I know a lot about , I mean some adverts when your sitting in the movies practically show you the whole movie or all the best bits , trying to get you to go to your movie, right here goes I haven't seen it, jeez I hope I don't sound like a hypocrite, here goes again, I know what happens at the start of the movie so I can understand , why S Connor is pissed, an why she dose what she dose an swears like a trooper, also I don't mind what they done, by altering the timeline so often it seems that something major would happen, ie I think the new terminator isent a terminator but some kind of legion, but the thing I heard is this legion can make a gun, but doesn't use it when he should, I just wondered what you think about that. And as for changing timelines in movies I'm all for it, I love Star Wars an when you do prequels, you know who's gona die an who's not, so fir Star Wars, I think they should of changed the timeline an you would of got better movies, the old movies would be there to watch, even though they wouldent technically be there, I love that stuff, people take things to seriously as fans, they forget , that the writers of the books can change anything they want, they just don't because they love there work as much as the fans, I wish more people would Change their movies, with timelines, that way you keep the story fresh, and as fans you still have your favourite movies an books, man did I just ramble on, well I guess you know why I love terminator movies so much. Well thanks Alyssa for your fantastic review, can't wait to see how your gona rank these movies.

  3. Good, fair review. We enjoyed it overall but still on the fence about that opening scene and what they did with Arnie's T-800.

  4. Hey buddy! I’ve been waiting for this for a while 🙂 I’m really glad that you enjoyed this, Connor had a coldness to her in this one, I really enjoyed it and found it to be a very fun movie.

  5. I can see the emergence of a new trope wherein much delayed sequels make the female protagonist's PTSD (which, in turn, transforms them into a guerrilla-waging badass with antisocial tendencies… even if Sarah Connor already was so in T2, but that one wasn't a much delayed sequel) the main marketing tool. I mean, they did it with the new Halloween, now with Dark Fate, though I'm probably missing a few in between, so it may not be all that new. Not saying it's bad per se, either, both films were actually pretty good, only that I fear it'll eventually become a sort of… lazy narrative device to explain away both the tonal shift in the film and, well, whatever plot twist they decide to go with to make it "bigger and badder!"

    As far as this one goes, it's definitely the one that felt the most at home with the tone and premise of the franchise since T2, and I'd like to see another film, maybe two (at most, lest it be milked dry, as it had by the time Salvation came about) to wrap everything up nice and tight, and finally let it rest with its reputation restored. Then again, when has Hollywood ever abode (abode? abided? I always have problems with that one) to the mantra "quit while you're ahead", or even "enough is enough"? Unless it bombs, and by then they'll only shelve it for a couple more years before some producer comes along and says: "Remember T2? Boys went crazy with the toy line; we should bring it back!"

  6. jc should lost the rights again and this time forever after what he did to John Connor,mcg should keep the rights to terminator,the franchise is more save at his hands,i love salvation its much better than dark fate,mcg should removed this movie from canon,the death of John is enough reason to hate this movie.i would like if mcg made t3 and ts canon again but instead of having t3 and ts as sequels to t2 i would like if he retcon t3 and ts as prequels to t1.i would like if mcg retcon the future war that started in t3 and we see in salvation as the same future war from the first two movies,i would like if mcg retcon John Connor from t3 and ts as the same version of John that is mentioned by kyle in t1and appears in the opening of t2 and i would like if mcg retcon salvation kyle as the same version of kyle from t1and the version of sarah from the future kyle resse from t1 cames from as the same version of sarah that is dead in t3.i would like if mcg retcon the future where jd happened in 97 as a future we never saw but not the one from t1 and t2 and the version of kyle from that future when he travelled back in time to protect sarah that sarah that he meet was the death sarah from t3 and that version of kyle fatherhood future John the same version of John from t3, ts,mentioned by kyle in t1 and appears in the opening of t2.when the version of kyle from salvation and t1 travelled back in time to protect sarah he fatherhood the edward furlong version of John that we see as a kid in t2.

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