During one of the 'Terminator: Dark Fate' scenes, Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 stands in front of a mirror, dressed in his iconic leather jacket, while doubting whether or not to wear the sunglasses that are associated with the character, finally choosing not to. This, beyond assuming the nth representation of the misunderstanding nostalgia of the film, says a lot about its nature and the place it occupies within the saga.
Because, although it has been promoted as the first direct sequel to that cathedral of the action movie titled 'Terminator 2' and make specific gestures to uncheck it, Tim Miller's new after his debut with 'Deadpool' is still a luck Undercover remake of the James Cameron classic, with all its hallmarks, but without an iota of genius that made it transcends. Watch it online and you'll see why.
'Terminator: Dark Fate' returns to the forefront that scourge for the contemporary industry that is to prioritize the search for repetition and reference, appealing to the longing of the respectable by feature films from several decades ago, over giving a solid and narrative treatment up to a certain original point to this type of production.
In the case at hand, screenwriter David S. Goyer, driven by the prefabricated proposal, starts the story with a sequence that borders on the absurd and serves as a vague link with the 1991 film, including shoehorn with the only reason to justify the stagnant presence of Sarah Connor and the main character of the saga.
These efforts to provide cohesion to the timeline of the "trilogy" may well have been used to polish the load-bearing narrative structure of 'Dark Destiny', which turns what should be a show without brakes for a couple of hours into a repetitive ordeal in which the same scheme happens tirelessly: conversation, battle, escape from the villain - which is still an imitation of Robert Patrick's T-1000 balance - and begins again, it is honestly boring at this point, this movie was meant to solve all the previous one's problems, but all it does is prove its desperation and lack of originality, watch it online to see it for yourself.
Equally washed out, the tone of the film seems to be too white for the supposed "R" rating that it proudly boasts, and that intersperses solemnity and glimpses of that macaroous humor typical of its strongest female characters with a bobalic comedy as negatively surprising as the absurd reinvention of the Terminator that carries it by flag.
Miller's management also does not help excessively that 'Terminator: Dark Fate' emerges above sequels like 'Salvation' or a 'Genesis' that, despite disappointing, manages to differentiate itself with a minimum of risk in its bet. It is not difficult to forgive the bland staging of the calmest moments delivered to the conversation, but when the bulk of action scenes are generic and somewhat chaotic in their development and realization, the sensations are very different.
Fortunately, the film manages to take advantage of its successful production design, bringing out its border setting between Mexico and the United States and giving away a particularly inspired set-piece. If we add to this a fantastic and imposing Mackenzie Davis who embroiders her role as heroin, the general bitterness dissipates until the set is minimally digestible.
Judging from what is seen in this Terminator: Dark Fate' and after five continuations, the best thing that could happen is that in the future, if possible not too far away, an artificial intelligence would design a perfect machine that would travel to the past and prevent Hollywood executives continue forward with the idea of exploiting the franchise beyond 'The Rise of The Machines'.