Terminator: Dark Fate Review

*It is a Terminator movie

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IMDB Synopsis

In Mexico City, a newly modified liquid Terminator — the Rev-9 model — arrives from the future to kill a young factory worker named Dani Ramos. Also sent back in time is Grace, a hybrid cyborg human who must protect Ramos from the seemingly indestructible robotic assassin. But the two women soon find some much-needed help from a pair of unexpected allies — seasoned warrior Sarah Connor and the T-800 Terminator.

What do you get when you bring back Linda Hamilton, James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and add Tim Miller to the Terminator Franchise. You still get a Terminator movie with the same story line! I do not think that is so shocking seeing as the first 5 were basically the same story each time. Cameron came back though to eras T3-T5 and make this a direct sequel to T2 (one of the great action movies of all time Juice Rating (93/100).

This time the story takes place in Mexico with Dani who finds out a Rev-9 Terminator (Gabriel Luna) from the future has been sent to kill her. We then meet Human Machine hybrid Grace who has been sent to protect her. I am guessing you can gguess what happens from there. Sarah Connor shows up, Arnold Shows up, and there are many explosions, topped off with a twist so obvious my fiance saw it coming, and she hasn’t even seen the movie.

Bringing on Tim Miller (Deadpool Director) was a good move and he showed his genius in the action sequences. There is just so much that we have seen before though it just feels like a retread.

Stock Watch

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Stock Neutral – Linda Hamilton was fine in this movie. She did not get a ton to do other than tell her story and just kind of hang out with Grace, Dani, and Arnold. Dissapointing considering they marketed the hell out of her. Still good to see her though.

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Stock Up – Mackenzie Davis was easily the best part of this movie. She was bad ass, and also brought a lot of heart and emotion to the story as well. I really like her character and the addition to the franchise.

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Stock Neutral – He is the freaking Governator!! He is Arnold cmon

 

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Stock Neutral – Gabriel Luna basically just did his best Robert Patrick impression for the entirety of the movie.The problem is Robert Patrick played one of the most iconic villains in movie history, and Luna felt like he was just copying. It was a fine performance but nothing crazy memorable.

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Stock Down – Natalia Reyes was supposed to be the face of the franchise moving forward and her character just did not work for me. I did not buy her at all as the leader of any revolution and that hurt the story for me.

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*A couple other tidbits

  • I wish they explained the REV-9 skin peeling ability a bit more.
  • Arnold’s Terminator is named Carl?
  • Killin John Connor a minute into the movie was a rough start.

This is the third best Terminator Movie, which is an accomplishment I guess. The issue is it seems there is just nothing really left to do with the story and everything since T2 has been a retread. It might be time to retire the Terminator after all these years.

Juice Rating:

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*You can find all of my Movie Ratings here.

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