The Terminator franchise has suffered a “dark fate” in recent years, embittering bad stories and well-known characters completely disfigured by overly complicated directions, and trailers that totally delivered the mystery of the plot.
Luckily, James Cameron is back with the original cast, or rather Linda Hamilton, as Arnold Schwarzenegger was in all the feature films that bore the franchise’s name, leaving out only the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009).
Speaking of sequences, as well-stated in an interview by James Cameron, you can forget about Rise of the Machines (2003), Salvation (2009) and Genisys (2015), because the real third feature is this Terminator: Dark Fate.
The story of this new adventure punctuates well this “forget everything that happened after T-2” atmosphere – and the series that is not taken into account in any situation. With a clever script, it gives the impression that the viewer saw only the 1984 and 1991 feature films.
This – now – third movie is very good, with its adventure scenes, phrases that have made and are still part of world pop culture, and have Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. Linda shows that she has not lost her characteristic brutal style of character, showing more firmness in her actions and showing no feelings in most situations. She practically became a Terminator. And with reasons.
Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes round out the cast. They go beyond minor characters, and are not there to earn points with feminist movements or praise a social struggle. They are excellent actresses in leading roles who bring new dramas to The Terminator’s universe, showing that the loss generated by war, intolerance, and the like does not choose gender, social class, or nation.
The journey of the trio of characters is completed by Arnold, who remains the good old Exterminator, now better and with a lot more phrases full of references. Again, the script rightly explains its old age. Gabriel Luna is a contrast to the plot, the adventure villain, a bolder and more complicated version to settle.
Unfortunately not everything is a good part and the movie slips into the excessive moments of struggle, with spinning cameras that make the viewer dizzy and not knowing who is who. Worse than the famous boring nervous cameras with their tremors, these are the ones that instead of focusing on the choreography of the fight, can not even pass on what happens in the scene, cutting them dry, leaving questions in the head of who watches as “what happened?”.
Another aspect is to insist on references that today have become clichés and were invented by the franchise itself, such as the helicopter chase scenes. They are interesting, but they bring nothing new.
Terminator: Dark FateIt’s a fan service movie that will no doubt please the oldest fans, bring new ones to the franchise and surely entertain everyone. So if you have never seen anything in the saga, just look at the first and second. For the rest was literally terminated.