Cast- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Mackenzie Davis.
Director- Tim Miller.
Produced By- Lightstorm Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, 20th Century Fox, Tencent Pictures.
Cinesepeaks Rating :
Science fiction is a mainstream genre in Hollywood and it is one of the most popular too. Most of Biggest Hits belongs to the same genre. Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2 – Judgement Day (1991) directed by James Cameron were known as groundbreaking films that time and many people call it the same today, even after so many years when technology and film-making is updated. After these 2 films there were 3 more films which didn’t do well and didn’t recieve acclaim upto that mark. Here comes the 6th film in the franchise “Terminator : Dark Fate“ which is made just to make the franchise alive again and the trick is to forget those 3 films which people don’t even remember. This one is a direct sequel to first 2 films of Terminator franchise directed by Cameron yet falls short. Dark Fate tries to wake up the the dead franchise again but lacks the Firepower.
Just like first 2 films, Dark Fate has similar plot with addition of couple of new characters. The machines send a Terminator, the Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna), back in time to kill a young woman, Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), whose fate is connected to Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son John’s legacies, which made Dani a target. The Human Resistance sends an enhanced soldier, Grace (Mackenzie Davis), whose existence is also depending on Dani’s survivals, back to protect her. Grace and Dani’s only hope for survival against the Rev-9 depends on them joining forces with Sarah and a T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
Coming to the action spectacle Dark Fate has few power-packed scenes, that beginning scene is one of them. VFX an Visual Effects are good enough but as we all know Terminator films were known for Groundbreaking VFX, Dark Fate falls short to that level. Background Score by Tom Holkenborg is chilling enough and the Cinematography by Ken Seng is spectacular. Screenplay is tight but there are no twists or chilling moments which we saw in Judgement Day. Director Tim Miller kept it simple to the plan, he made it for the Terminator fans without caring about extra additional elements and that’s what makes Dark Fate an underwhelming project.
Cinespeaks Verdict-Terminator Dark Fate gives you that ‘Return of Iconic characters’ feeling but the lacks that extra boost to keep the franchise on high. The same repeatative stuff could be liked only and only by hard core Terminator fans but for rest of the audience, it should have had some brilliant visual juggernaut. Dark Fate has explosion on its own level but the Firepower is less compared to standard of the Original Terminator films.
By :- Sameer Ahire.