Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth Terminator film, but only the third to have James Cameron’s touch, and as such, wonderfully ignores the other three films and plants itself firmly as the latest film in a trilogy. But it also has what is bound to be a controversial twist in its opening scene that helps set up the story.

With a story that is a basic retelling of either of the previous Cameron outings – two terminators from the future are sent back in time to try and alter said future, by killing or protecting a key person in the present day.

The key to Dark Fate’s success is not in the two kick-arse terminators – the bad one who can split into two terminators or the good one who is actually an enhanced human cyborg, rather than a full-on robot – rather the inclusion of the two main characters from the first two films.

Set 20 years after T2 in the present day, Sarah Connor might be a lot older but is in no way less capable. She kicks all kinds of arse but is a much darker character than in the previous films, and for good reason. The Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 is now living a peaceful family life under the name Carl, but has been preparing for this day.

So with one terminator sent from the future to kill Daniella “Dani” Ramos, Cyborg Grace sent to protect her, Sarah Connor crashes the party but they soon discover that this new type of terminator is too tough for them so have to team up with an unlikely ally.

So essentially nothing new in terms of story. Special effects are used sparingly (well, for this type of film, Tim Miller hasn’t gone overboard with the SFX budget) but are put to good use. The action is fairly relentless keeping you on the edge of your seats, and Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, whilst anchoring the film with their presence, also offer some great comic relief helping to prevent the films from becoming too dark.

All up, Dark Fate is a fun, action packed popcorn film that brings the Terminator franchise back to where it belongs.

Rating: R13 Restricted to persons 13 years and over. NOTE: Strong violence & offensive language.
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