Terminator Dark Fate (2019):  Review by Grosse Point Geek

Terminator Dark Fate (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot In a Nutshell: Forget everything you already have seen in the previous three sequels (Rise of The Machines, Salvation and Genysys), Dark Fate is a direct sequel to Terminator 2 Judgement Day and thus completely reboots the franchise. Linda Hamilton is back as Sarah Connor, as is Arnie in another reincarnation of the T800, plus James Cameron returns in a principal producer capacity and contributes heavily to the story.

As we saw in T2 Skynet is no more however in the near future its been replaced by another AI program gone mad called Legion, which attacks humanity by setting off a nuclear war, the surviving  humans fight back, Legion then sends an advanced terminator (known as a Rev 9) back in time to kill the leader of the resistance (Natalia Reyes), who in turn send back a heroic warrior (Mackenzie Davis) to serve as said future leader’s protector.

What worked? The action is excellent  – in fact its the best its been since T2 – an opening freeway battle is expertly handled by director Tim Miller (Deadpool) as is a breathtaking  aerial set piece featuring two huge planes and alot of firepower.

Linda Hamilton is once again brilliant as Sarah Connor,  Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes are superb plus Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a very good and pleasingly understated performance as a T800 who has become almost human after spending years in the present timeline. Finally the effects are pretty impressive too  – particularly those used to create the Rev 9 terminator who is even more unstoppable than Robert Patrick’s T1000 from T2.


What could have been better? In a word – The Plot. With the notable exception of the fourth film (Salvation – flawed but still pretty good) the Terminator series at its base level has always just been about two characters coming back in time from a nuclear ravaged future to kill/protect a person of extreme significance to the survival of the human race – with a few twists here and there.

This same story has now been done FIVE times over and its wearing pretty bloody thin. As a good friend of mine is known to say “same shit – rehashed” – and rehashed Terminator Dark Fate most certainly is. Yes there is a couple of twists (one fairly shocking) but so what?- At its heart the film is nothing more than everything we have seen before and the result is that it doesn’t move the Terminator story on one inch more. Yes i agree its a helluva lot better than the godawful Genysys – which was absolutely piss poor, but on reflection i found that it was marginally better than Rise Of The Machines and overall only managed to be on about a level par with Salvation.   


So what next for this franchise?  – well I for one want to see the future war actually happen, i want to know what is in store for Sarah, i want to see how Natalia Reyes character becomes the leader of the resistance, how the human race fights back, how they get their weapons, what battles they fight etc etc  -what i DON’T want is the same old sodding time travel plot  told over and over again  as it has been done to death! I also certainly don’t want to have my intelligence insulted any more by the likes of James (slowest film maker in the universe) Cameron braying on about how he is going to bring something fresh to the table when all he and director Tim Miller have done is serve up the SAME DAMN STORY AGAIN! 

Finally can someone please have a word with dear old Arnold Schwarzenegger? The man is an absolute legend, we all love him to death but theres no denying that the Austrian Oak is looking seriously past his prime and now needs to hang up the shotgun and let this franchise move on without him  –  just saying.


Review Summary: Certainly not at all the worst of the franchise – not by a long long way – in fact i have to admit that on the whole it IS a pretty good film, the action is superb, its well acted and its never ever less than enjoyable, indeed if there is another sequel i will of course go and see it. However  – its glaringly not even close to the brilliance of the first and second films plus the plot is nothing more than a complete and utter redo/rehash/total copy of everything we have already seen before  – and if anyone says otherwise (i.e James Cameron) then they are lying their heads off.


See at The Cinema? – Yes

Buy On Blu Ray? Yes

Pray the next sequel has a different plot? Get on your knees now

Author: Grosse Point Geek 



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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – 2015 Preview

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – 2015 Preview

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Putting it mildly – 2015 is gonna be a belter – here are my top ten most anticipated films of next year.

  •  Mad Max: Fury Road (ETA Summer)
    The trailer blew the roof off this years Comic Con in San Diego, then to cap it all, the brand new trailer (released recently) was literally so good it had geeks the world over picking their jaws off the floor (me included). With a totally badass looking Tom Hardy as Max and director George Miller promising we will be seeing some truly balls out action, hopes for this one are now stratospherically high.

  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron   (ETA Summer)
    Marvel’s Phase 2 series comes to a close with the hotly anticipated sequel to the 2012 masterpiece. With a great looking trailer and Saint Joss of Whedon returning to write and direct, this has the potential to be absolutely bloody outstanding.

  • Jurrassic World (ETA Summer)
    After watching the new trailer a few weeks ago I’ve actually got a very positive feeling here. New director Colin Trevorrow is an exciting new talent and the casting of Chris Pratt (Guardians of The Galaxy) looks like a stroke of genius. So despite some reservations, I’m really looking forward to this film.

  • Terminator: Genysys (ETA Summer)
    I don’t want to say it but I ‘m having serious doubts. There hasn’t been a truly decent Terminator sequel since T2 in 1991. Rise of the Machines wasn’t bad, but the fourth entry – 2009’s Salvation was a total mess. Also one does get the impression that this is a very tired franchise that the studio is desperately trying to wring out the last dollars from. On the plus side it does have Thor: Dark World’s Alan Taylor at the helm and good old Arnie is back as the Terminator. Despite this though, the recently released trailer looked somewhat iffy and from what I have read they seem to have just rehashed the same story all over again. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Fast 7 (ETA Summer)
    Never been the biggest fan of this franchise, but parts 5 and 6 were great fun and with the introduction of Jason Statham’s baddie and a returning Dwayne Johnson this could be a rollicking good ride. However with the very sad passing of Paul Walker last year, one does wonder how they are going to retire his character with any degree of plausibility. Worth a look though.

  • Ant Man (ETA Spring)
    Marvel and Kevin Feige haven’t put a foot wrong for years, but if anything is going to be their Achilles heel it’ll probably be this one. Edgar Wright left the director’s chair very abruptly after spending God knows how long developing it. He was then replaced by Peyton Reed (no me neither), the character isn’t really that well known outside the comic fan base and if you ask me the name ‘Ant man’ doesn’t exactly scream “hard as nails superhero”. Plus with Avengers 2 just round the corner, Marvel is really going to have to go some to get people to watch this.
  • SPECTRE- e. the new James Bond film. (ETA November)
    Director Sam Mendes is back, Christoph Waltz is the villain and Daniel Craig returns as 007. After the billion dollars grossing Skyfall, all the signs are there that this could be another winner for everyone’s favourite superspy.
  • Taken 3 – (ETA Jan/Feb)
    Taken 2 was a total stinker, but after recently watching the rather good trailer for this second sequel in the ever popular action franchise, I get the impression that we could be in for a return to the ballistic bone crunching fun of the original. Here’s hoping!

  • Geostorm – Directed by Dean Devlin (producer of Independence Day) and starring Gerard Butler, this sounds like it could be a right corker. The plot has something to do with a deadly super storm and a race to stop a presidential assassination. Sounds ridiculous and more than likely will be – but with Devlin behind the camera and Butler in front of it I’m willing to go on a little faith.

And finally, last but not least……………….

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (ETA 18th December)
    With JJ Abrams directing, Lawrence Kasdan writing, and the return of most of the original trilogy’s cast (plus the Millennium Falcon) – this has all the hallmarks of being something very special indeed.  However…….if JJ and Lawrence happen to be reading this (doubtful) I would just like to say that the hopes of several million Star Wars geeks are banking on you delivering a film that is A. of exceptional quality B. intelligently written, and most of all -C. chock full of blistering sci fi space action!As you are well aware – none of us have forgiven George Lucas for the way he mercilessly crapped all over our childhoods 15 years ago, and frankly – we ain’t gonna stand for it again! So (to quote Top Gun) – if you two screw this one up, I guarantee that the next job you’ll have is flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!!You have been warned lads.

Right, that’s it from me for 2014 – may I take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful Christmas, a prosperous new year, and as ever…… may the force be with you.


Author: Will Strong