Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator has been one of the popular Sci-Fi franchises of the 80s and the 90s. Last year, when it got released the latest in the series – Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) didn’t get great reviews, so I watched it only now and it turned out to be an average affair. It is available on Disney+ Hotstar. The movie brings no ‘fresh’ ideas, so it was not as much fun as Terminator 2 (1991) or Terminator (1984).
Coming only in the second half as a retiree living a family life, Arnold Schwarzenegger has got a limited scope and action in the film, still, it was a delight to watch him. The fight against the Terminator is all done by the three ladies and that was a welcome change from the regular affairs we see in action films.
The story is a familiar one to the franchise. In the distant future, it is not Skynet, but another AI system called Legion that has taken over the world, and, it sends a new Terminator (Rev-9) played well by Gabriel Luna to the past (our present) to kill an ordinary girl Daniel (Natalia Reyes) living in Mexico City. Daniel gets her protection from the future in the way of an augmented soldier Grace, played by Canadian actor I like a lot Mackenzie Davis who was the lead star in Halt and Catch Fire (TV series) and Black Mirror’s San Junipero. Grace gets the support of the veteran Terminator fighter Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in their fight against Rev-9.