Last year the gazillionth Terminator sequel hit theaters. It was greenlit by James Cameron who deemed it the third Terminator movie he always envisioned. Its first reviews were positive overall, painting a picture of a film that basically rehashes the story of Terminator: Judgement Day but adapts it for a modern audience. We decided to watch it yesterday and low and behold, it was one of the worst films we have ever seen.
Terminator: Judgement Day is basically my sister’s favorite movie of all time. She loves science-fiction movies, you see. To prove my point, her previous favorite movie was Interstellar. We were excited, and yeah, Terminator: Dark Fate started with a jaw-dropping bang, but it became very clear very fast that whoever wrote the movie didn’t understand what made the first two Terminator films so special; an amazing story.
Terminator is not a Transformers flick. You can’t just dump a bucket load of a high-octane action, provide no storyline, and expect people to have fun. Terminator movies are well-written, emotional stories that just so happen to be great action films as well.
Newcomers Mackenzie Davis and Gabriel Luna are this film’s from-the-future characters; Davis being an enhanced human named Grace come back to save a girl named Dani and Luna being an uber-annoying Terminator who kills with impunity and has a Texan accent of course assigned to kill teenage Dani.
The film is predictable from beginning to end, the action scenes after the first major are no longer engaging and only drag the movie along. For 80% of the movie we don’t get an answer to why teenage Dani needs to be protected by enhanced warrior Grace and when we do get an answer it’s a bunch of feminist crap that had me rolling my eyes.
Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor but the writers don’t incorporate her into the story in a seamless fashion. There’s a scene where she comes face to face with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800, now known as Carl, (they aren’t allies anymore, they’re enemies for a very personal reason) and instead of having her wallop him like she should she was just standing around looking furious and using the F-word to describe him every now and then. I was flabbergasted and very angry.
I don’t know why I tortured myself and forced myself to watch this movie until the end. It was like a dumpster fire I couldn’t seem to stop staring at. As the movie continued I got madder and madder until by the end I literally refused to watch a certain scene because it was just too maddening to handle.
I think after that debacle, it’s safe to say that there shouldn’t be anymore Terminator movies. The first two were perfect…leave it at that…please!
I’m giving this movie 1 out of 5 stars (and that’s only for the beginning) and 20 out of 100. It’s undoubtedly one of the worst sequels I have ever seen.
Have you seen Terminator: Dark Fate? If so, tell me what you think in the comments below.
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