Directed by Tim Miller and starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mackenzie Davis, Terminator: Dark Fate has stirred mixed reviews amongst critics – most of them negative. The movie follows Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and the ‘augmented’ human, Grace (Davis), who must protect a young girl from a newly modified ‘Rev-9’ liquid-metal terminator (Gabriel Luna).
With a plot that is too similar to the second Terminator movie, Dark Fate saves itself by bringing back the characters of Sarah Connor and T-800/ Carl (Schwarzenegger); and new characters, such as Mackenzie Davis’s hybrid cyborg, are a breath of fresh air.
You can’t help but feel the film is trying desperately to be a worthy sequel, and although Hamilton and Schwarzenegger help – it falls short. Johnson Thomas from mid-day.com says ‘Terminator: Dark Fate has really long, boring stretches, that make the drama of saving the earth for a future seem passé.’
The movie does hold its own as an action film, being well directed with the action sequences fun and well thought-out. So, if you are not going in there as a Terminator fan expecting it to be as good the first two films, then you should enjoy it. Having said that, Terminator: Dark Fate is one of the better sequels in the franchise – but still doesn’t hold up to the first two films.