Terminator – Dark Fate – Duggystone Radio Review

Written by on November 6, 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate

By Glenn Barr

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Terminator: Dark Fate is a landmark movie, in that it brings together the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) for what feels like the last time. However one can never be sure with the intricate time travel aspect of these movies! Indeed, Schwarzenegger has been back (just as he promised) in four out of five sequels to the original Terminator, but this time he indirectly states to the audience that he (probably) won’t be back again… and who can blame him? The endlessly popular franchise has been gleefully terminating the box office since 1984 and there must be an ending sooner or later, right?

This time around, the action is competently directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and it serves as a direct sequel to creator James Cameron’s indestructible Terminator 2: Judgement Day (T2). Risky business setting a sequel directly after the firm fan favourite, but does it work? Yes and no. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back. Check. Linda Hamilton is back. Check. Edward Furlong (as John Connor from T2) is back. Check. Furthermore, the icing on this irresistible cake has James Cameron returning as producer / writer for the first time since T2. Big check! Geeks of the world rejoice.


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However, Dark Fate tries something different and it will split the fan base straight down the middle, therefore just try to experience this movie with an open mind. The story has been tweaked but we still get a chase through time and although Sarah Connor flew the flag for strong female characters many moons ago, it’s gone into overdrive here. Grace (badass lady warrior with robot enhancements) is sent back in time to protect a young girl from certain death at the hands of Rev: 9, a fantastically relentless machine from the future. Needless to say, Grace is eventually assisted by the mighty Sarah Connor and we slowly start to care about these new characters because Hamilton’s excellent Connor tells us it is important.      


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Here are the pros:

  • Dark Fate finally moves on from the usual formula.
  • The chase sequences are genuinely exciting.
  • The overall experience is a lot of fun
  • The new bad guy (designated Rev: 9) is played to perfection by Gabriel Luna.
  • Great closing line from Schwarzenegger!    

Here are the cons:

  • Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is played for laughs again!
  • John Connor definitely deserved more screen time!
  • Skynet (future artificial intelligence mainframe) name changed for no reason!


Bottom line – this movie is not perfect and not terrible – but when Schwarzenegger’s T-800 finally makes his appearance, the story almost collapses under an avalanche of sheer ridiculousness. Nevertheless, witnessing Schwarzenegger and Hamilton firing machine guns side-by-side from the rear of a giant aircraft, is worth the admission price alone. Much better than expected – considering it’s the sixth film in the series – things could be worse!


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