Terminator: Dark Fate
Another year, another Terminator film…yes really.
‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and James Cameron returns to produce. It follows Sarah Connor, once again played by Linda Hamilton, as she protects two female characters from a T-1000.
I say ‘a’ T-1000, because the original T-1000 was destroyed in T2: Judgement Day. ‘Dark Fate’s narrative, while interesting, doesn’t make any sense because Judgement Day should’ve been avoided. Yet, this film seems to be set after Judgement Day, as if it still happened. The Murphy’s Law is strong with this one!
As well as this, the CGI looks ok, but the visual effects from T2 (which was released 27 years ago) looks better than this. ‘Dark Fate’ looks more comparable to the later ‘Transformers’ films than the original Terminator films.
‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ looks entertaining and could be a fun popcorn film. However, the franchise overall has grown into a convoluted mess, which is a real shame considering ‘T2′ is so iconic. The phrase ‘beating a dead horse’ has a new example: the Terminator series.
‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is in cinemas 1st November 2019.
The Terminator series is an American cyberpunkmedia franchise created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. The franchise encompasses a series of films, comics, novels, and additional media, concerning battles between Skynet‘s synthetic intelligent machine network and John Connor‘s Resistance forces with the rest of the human race. Skynet’s most well-known products in its genocidal goals are the various terminator models, such as the T-800 (Model 101), who was portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger from the original Terminator film in 1984, and similar units he also portrayed in the later films. By 2010, the franchise has generated $3 billion in revenue.
The central theme of the franchise is the battle for survival between the nearly-extinct human race and the world-spanning synthetic intelligence that is Skynet. Skynet is positioned in the first film as a U.S. strategic “Global Digital Defense Network” computer system by Cyberdyne Systems which becomes self-aware. Upon activation, it immediately perceives all humans as a “security threat”, and formulates a plan to systematically wipe out humanity itself. The system initiates a nuclear first strikeagainst Russia, thereby ensuring a devastating second strike and a nuclear holocaust which it anticipates will instantly wipe out much of humanity. Indeed, it does, with approximately 3 billion casualties – more than half of the total human population at the time – in the resulting nuclear war. In the post-apocalyptic aftermath, Skynet later builds up its own autonomous machine-based military capability which includes the Terminators used against individual human targets and, therefore, proceeds to wage a persistent total war against the surviving elements of humanity, some of whom have militarily organized themselves into a Resistance. At some point in this future, Skynet develops the ability of time travel, and both it and the Resistance seek to use this technology in order to win the war; either by altering or accelerating past events in Skynet’s favour, or by preventing or forestalling the (present) apocalyptic timeline.
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