Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reunite for the sixth Terminator film, ignoring the sequels following T2: Judgment Day. Tim Miller (Deadpool) directs, and James Cameron returns to the franchise to make his presence felt as producer and one of the writers.

A young woman in Mexico City, Dani (Natalia Reyes) is targeted for termination. As well as the shapeshifting Terminator in pursuit (Gabriel Luna), Dani has a time-traveling protector in the form of Grace (Mackenzie Davis). Fleeing from the seemingly unstoppable machine, the human pair encounters Sarah Connor (Hamilton), still reeling from the events that followed the second Terminator film, and soon another familiar, if slightly older, face will join them.

2019Rating: R13, Strong violence & offensive language128 minsUSA
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Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

Cameron’s return to the Terminator universe—not directing, but as producer and with a ‘story by’ credit—lands Dark Fate on the right side of the ledger without completely overcoming the faults of its predecessors. While the film welcomely reunites Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, director Tim Miller (Deadpool) and a sprawling team of writers (five others are credited along with Cameron) can’t replicate the laser focus of the first two films in the series, even if it resembles them with a bit of generous squinting thanks to Cameron’s plotting.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

Although the film doesn’t do anything particularly innovative with its photography or editing, and the character set-up and script feel distinctly 90s, Miller and Cameron (here as producer and also co-credited with the film’s storyline) can be thanked for maintaining the Terminator franchise’s core delights.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

In a series as abused as the Terminator franchise, Dark Fate is respectable (it’s the best since T2 by a decent margin) but as a film in its own right, this tech is starting to look a little dated.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It’s the mixture as before and yet it isn’t. The opportunities to bring the premise up-to-date have not been missed – in the lengthy detour that traps the protagonists in a detention centre on the US border and in the allusions to omnipresent electronic surveillance, suggesting that the machines have already taken over.

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Newshub

Newshub

The new main characters are all compelling, but Dark Fate works best as a genuinely sweet way to bid final farewell to Sarah Connor and the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101.

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Stuff

Stuff

There might be more holes than plot in many of the underpinnings, but this film's not hanging around to worry about them. Most of the expositionary dialogue actually happens in and around some ruinously well choreographed fight scenes, so your chances of even hearing it, let alone being bored, are gratifyingly tiny.

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The Age

The Age

That Hamilton has kept a low profile in recent times gives an edge to her performance, which suggests that she, like her character, feels no need to ingratiate herself with anybody.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Unlike this film's sleek killing machines, 'Dark Fate' is creaky and sometimes clumsy, and yet it ultimately succeeds by delivering sufficient thrills while also offering just enough emotional depth.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Sometimes it doesn't take much to revitalize a dead intellectual property. Sometimes all it takes is a movie in which "Hasta la vista, baby" isn't the extent of the characters' Spanish.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The Terminator franchise has come clanking robotically into view once again with its sixth film - it absolutely will not stop - not merely repeating itself but somehow repeating the repetitions.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Though Dark Fate gets more engaging as it goes on, its sci-fi ideas mostly amount to a listless skimming of hot-button issues.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

By the time the movie's ready to kill its latest-greatest villain, fans have gotten a fine lesson in the perils of sequel-making one-upmanship.

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Total Film

Total Film

Linda Hamilton makes a welcome return in a 'true' T2 sequel that doesn't skimp on the action. But Judgment Day this ain't.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Easily the third-best Terminator film, which is more of a compliment than it sounds. It's great to have Hamilton back in this role, but she's ably matched by Reyes and Davis.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

If you can overlook just how glibly the game board has been reset... what follows has much to recommend it.

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Variety

Variety

The new movie earns its lavishly staged action (and its emotions, too), because no matter how violently baroque its end-of-days vision, its storytelling remains tethered to the earth.

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