Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

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An augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the human race.


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24 October 2019 | fieldy-60138
5
| Disappointing follow up
I'm a huge Terminator fan, I re-watched both 1 & 2 before seeing this. Big mistake.

I'm gutted to say that this film has none of what makes Terminator 2 one of the best films of all time. The writing is below par, plot uninteresting and emotional connection between the Terminator and John Connor, none of that either. James Cameron, what is this? Mind, I don't think he's been on form for a good few years now.

What makes Terminator 2 an amazing film aside from the brilliant plot, amazing effects, great screen writing and superb acting is the emotional connection between the Terminator and John Connor. This is the life blood of that film and makes the viewer really believe that despite the hopeless future humanity is facing, if this Terminator can protect John then maybe mankind has a chance. The Terminator is a father figure to John and this is what connects the audience with the film so much. The heart wrenching ending cannot be forgotten. The fact that we forget the the Terminator isn't human because of how well the film builds the bond. This is what makes Terminator 2 so great, not the epic action sequences.

So I'm sad to say this film has absolutely none of that. CGI, CGI and more CGI. Do away with the depth of character building, emotional connections and just add over the top action. It's a poor follow up and lacks everything of what made 1 & 2 great. The acting is decent, Davis, Hamilton and Schwarzenegger do a good job but they've got very little to work with here. This is what disappointed me the most. Why does it lack substance? This is James Cameron's epic creation and this is what he serves up along with Tim Miller? A total cash in if I've ever seen one. If not going to divulge into the plot anymore, there's no need as it can't even be mentioned in the same breath as the first two films.

If this film was viewed as a generic action film at the cinema it'd still be mediocre. The fact that this is supposed to follow on from the brilliant Terminator 2 just makes it even more disappointing. This is James Cameron's judgment day.

Do yourselves a favour and wait until it hits home release or if you are planning on seeing it, don't bother watching the first two beforehand, you'll be even more disappointed.

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The artists and technicians at Legacy incorporated a variety of materials for the actual manufacturing of the prosthetics. John Rosengrant elaborates, "We used prosthetic transfers when we could because they're fast, easy to apply, and very thin. They're pretty bomb-proof, and they go on in a hurry. Anything that had a bigger buildup on it were plasticized gel-filled silicone appliances so that they would move really nicely." Bill Corso is also partial to foam latex, a near ubiquitous staple for a practical FX film. "There was a lot of foam latex." Corso admitted. "All the body pieces were foam latex. I'm a big fan of foam latex, and when it works, it's fantastic. Sometimes I'll take foam over silicone many days of the week because it's tried and true, and it always works. But we used a little bit of everything, which was great."


Quotes

Sarah Connor: It's like a giant strobe light burning right through my eyes. Somehow I can still see. Children look like burnt paper... black... not moving. And then the blast wave hits them. And then they fly apart like leaves.
Dr. Silberman: Dreams of the end of the world are ...


Goofs

In one scene, the T800 is seen with a dog cuddling up next to him. In the first two Terminator films it is established that dogs bark incessantly and become agitated when a Terminator is present, hence the reason why they are used to help humans in detecting them. However, in this movie the scene is used to suggest that the T800 has changed and is no longer the same machine it once was. In addition, if the dog was raised around a terminator there is no reason it would not be used to being around one.


Crazy Credits

The opening logos have VHS fuzz over them. In addition, the Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox logos briefly flash their versions from 1995.


Alternate Versions

In India, the film received a U/A (equivalent to the PG-13 rating) after some nudity was cut. A disclaimer requesting viewer discretion during the violent scenes that "can be disturbing to watch" was also added.


Soundtracks

Luna De Xelaju
Written by Francisco Perez
Performed by Princesita
Courtesy of DIFOSA Music/META Network S.A.
By arrangement with The Orchard

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

1 November 2019

Language

English, Spanish


Country of Origin

USA, Spain, Hungary

Filming Locations

Origo Film Studios, Budapest, Hungary

Box Office

Budget:

$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,033,832 3 November 2019

Gross USA:

$62,253,077

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,119,292

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