TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

Terminator: Dark Fate movie poster
In an altered future, the evil Skynet has been replaced by the deadly A.I. machines of Legion. Facing human opposition, this new cyberforce sends an upgraded Terminator, a Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna), back in time to eliminate their biggest threat: an unsuspecting Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes). Cyborg soldier Grace (Mackenzie Davis) is sent by the Resistance to save Dani. The fugitives get unexpected help from Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Mankind's salvation is once again at stake.

The indestructible sci-fi franchise goes back to basics for this action-packed thriller. Producer James Cameron returns to the series for the first time since "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and brings
Linda Hamilton (and Arnold) with him. The screenplay by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray (from a story by Goyer, Rhodes, Cameron, Charles H. Eglee and Josh Friedman) feels very familiar but also freshens up the frenetic tale with a twist or two. Director Tim Miller, who helmed the irreverent and hilarious hit "Deadpool", keeps the pace fast with surprisingly very little humor. Mr. Schwarzenegger does get to take a few jabs at his past performance as the T-800. The rest of the cast is up to the task. Among the newcomers, Natalia Reyes and Mackenzie Davis make formidable heroines - will they keep the franchise alive? Gabriel Luna sneers well as the most powerful series' villain since T2's Robert Patrick (T-1000). But it's Arnold and Linda Hamilton, in full kick-butt mode, who energize the nostalgia. Per usual for a movie in this genre, the awesome special effects and stunts are the real stars - they've come a long way since the 1984 original. When the dreaded Rev-9 gets blown apart on several occasions, a trail of black goo (shades of "The Blob") reforms the villain - a sight to behold. In fact, there are many sights to behold in a satisfying revival that's arguably better than the last three theatrical installments. The fan-pleasing "Terminator: Dark Fate" ends the losing streak. (3/5 CAMS)

Rated R (for violence throughout, language and brief nudity)
Running Time: 128 minutes

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