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|Original title:||Terminator: Dark Fate|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 128 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) changed the future over twenty years ago and prevented Skynet from destroying humanity. But even if the future has been changed, it still doesn't look particularly rosy. For now a new, highly developed terminator (Gabriel Luna) appears from the future to kill the young Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes). Grace (Mackenzie Davis), a super soldier from the future, wants to prevent this, whereby a Sarah Connor, marked by life and fate, comes to her aid. But the Terminator, known as Rev-9, seems superior to them in every respect. Only a Terminator from Sarah's past, an old T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), could save Dani and thus the future of mankind…
"Terminator: Dark Fate" sounds on paper like a gift to all fans of the early "Terminator" movies. With its great opening sequence, the movie directly follows part 2 and ignores all other movies that haven't been very well received by the fans anyway. In addition, not only James Cameron, the inventor of the franchise, but also leading actress Linda Hamilton is back on board. The director was Tim Miller, who had staged "Deadpool", an action hit with an extremely high entertainment potential. With these conditions nothing stands in the way of a successful revitalization of the franchise, or?
No question, "Terminator: Dark Fate" is much better than the last parts. The movie focuses on the strengths of the series and you can also feel that the movie tries to do everything right and to deliver to the fans what they have been waiting for so long in vain. The problem is that nothing new is delivered. The story is actually only a variation of what was already told in part 2. And the effects that were once groundbreaking can no longer amaze you. The beginning is absolutely successful and gives hope. But soon a "everything has been there" feeling sets in, which can't be completely dispelled even by isolated highlights.
Yes, the film is entertaining and to see Linda Hamilton together with Arnold Schwarzenegger on screen again has a certain charm. But that is simply not enough to hide the fact that the authors - including James Cameron - simply don't want to come up with anything new. This sixth "Terminator" film is probably the third best in the series. Nevertheless, the bland aftertaste remains that here many possibilities have been wasted by the fact that the makers have played it safe too much. Nostalgia is good and beautiful, but a real surprise or something that would have steered the whole thing in a whole new direction would have made this movie what the fans really wanted it to be. Thus, despite a good entertainment value, the conclusion remains at the end that maybe it's time to finally stamp this franchise. That's why the neat "Worth seeing" is only available with a few clear compromises.
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