Terminator: Dark Fate Review

Erin Tumminello, Staff Writer

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Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise, which had began in the fall of 1984 with the release of the first movie. Although one may expect Dark Fate to pick up after the fifth Terminator movie, it actually takes place after the second, so it’s not needed to watch movies three through five, although they help give a better feel for the general lore of the franchise.

This movie was full of action and suspense, it had well-timed humor, and it also touches upon some important relevant issues. There were many scenes that made references to iconic scenes in the first few movies (such as a play on the famous “I’ll be back” line, spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger), and there were also a good amount of plot twists and exciting scenes.

This movie also had amazing CGI, especially in one of the first scenes in the movie where it shows a flashback to shortly after the second movie took place. They were able to create almost an exact likeness of the actors in the scene in which they appeared nearly thirty years younger than they did in real life. It looked so realistic and it may not cross a person’s mind that anything was computer-generated.

The characters in this movie were also well-rounded and interesting, especially the female characters. They weren’t the stereotypical “strong female character,” either (regarding a female character who is good at fighting but not as plot relevant in other aspects). They were all complex and had their own stories and motivations and characteristics. They also went through a great deal of character development over the course of the movie. 

There was also a focus on some important debatable topics going on today, as mentioned earlier. Toward the middle of the movie, there’s a scene that takes place in a detainment area at the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and it showed people crowded together and fenced into what weren’t too far from jail cells. This allowed some awareness to be spread about how people are currently being treated at the border, which hasn’t been reflected in the majority of other movies that aren’t specifically about topics relating to the border crisis.

This movie was also full of amazing, action-packed fight scenes, which were choreographed very well. In these scenes as well, the CGI was virtually flawless and incredibly realistic-looking. There were also quite a few scenes that were emotional, and such scenes were quite powerful.

All in all, Dark Fate was a very satisfying end to the Terminator franchise. It was extremely well done and definitely worth the time of anyone who enjoys intense action movies that will leave them on the edge of their seat.

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