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Film Review: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) - USA

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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) - USA

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As the saying goes “I’ll be back!” and just like that we get another “Terminator” rehash that is not only highly unnecessary, but needlessly soulless experience for all involved. In fact, the film is so cheesy that it almost falls in the category of so bad it is good category. Unfortunately it is not the case, as the film starts well and gradually falls apart one terminator fight after another. While it may be fun to see a terminator that refuses to die and come back stronger every time, there goes a time when even Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger cannot save the day this time.


Natalia Reyes takes the leading role alongside half terminator Mackenzie Davis, both show the tough inner nature required of the role. Davis in particular shines as the flawed yet defining character role as she struggles with the future and past to overcome current difficulties and challenges. Linda Hamilton is always eye catching as the original Sarah Connor. Hamilton has aged well and every wrinkle shows a battle harder veteran on display. It’s a shame she is forced to deliver cheesy lines throughout the film. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a warm welcome back to the arena as the original Terminator and despite his best efforts fails to lift the film above its tired premises.


All in all, “Terminator: Dark Fate” tries hard to impress old and new fans and the result is a truly mixed bag that at times bore. The result is ultimately undesirable and it’s a shame as the cast is strong and performed well. Director Tim Miller fails to ignite the entertainment factor as as there are many moments especially towards the end that is essentially a snooze fest of repetitive action. As for a James Cameron’s future ambition, a future Terminator may not happen soon.


I rated it 5.5/10

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