After more than two decades Terminator's rights returned to their original author and director: James Cameron, who in the beginning of his career sold the rights to what would be the work that would lead him to the world-wide fame for only one dollar to the producer Gale Anne Hurd in exchange for the fact that if the project got a green light from a studio, he will direct it.
Being too busy filming sequels at the same time to turn Avatar into a new Sci-Fi saga, Cameron began to articulate his participation in other projects in the role of producer. This is how Robert Rodríguez was able to carry out one of his most delayed projects over the years and that he became, without a doubt, the best Western adaptation of Japanese work in what live-action cinema refers to Alita.
This is how after the negotiation of rights between the producer Skydance and the award-winning director, the idea of continuing Terminator Genisys (2015) is truncated after a new story where Cameron would have part of the credit in the script; Tim Miller being the director chosen for the project.
From minute one the film is planted as a direct sequel to Terminator 2 (1991) and in turn, erases from existence any justification for the film sequels that came later. The Skynet system was defeated more than 20 years ago and the "Judgment Day" never happened.
Despite this, a new model of Terminator, the Rev-9, (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future to exterminate a goal: Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a young Mexican girl who leads a common life with her brother Miguel (Diego Bonetta) and his Father (Enrique Arce). At the same time comes from the future Grace (Mackenzie Davis), a cybernetically enhanced soldier sent to protect Dani, since her survival is vital to human resistance in the future.
In her mission, Grace crosses paths with a veteran and tanned Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) who will help them with all her means, since she recognizes that Dani is the new key piece for the future, just as she was in 1984. The team For this adventure it is completed with an old T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who lives infiltrated among humans and is linked to Sarah's past. Watch it now to see how the plot goes.
Not only the return of James Cameron is what stands out and attracts this production. The return of Linda Hamilton after more than 25 years away from the cameras, reinterpreting the mythical heroine Sarah Connor, is the factor in the casting that gives that validity as a genuine sequel, being a more experienced and even bitter evolution of her character. Another subscriber is Arnold Schwarzenegger who plays an aging T-800 and has certain touches of humor, without having to fall into ridicule as in Genisys.
Among the performances of the new characters, Mackenzie Davis stands out as a worthy replacement for the role of Kyle Resse, being the guardian of the character of Natalia Reyes. Gabriel Luna gives us a new Terminator to know, a new lethal model with new benefits when it comes to killing and destroying. But although this is thanks to the FX, his performance does not become shocking and instill fear like Robert Patrick and his already classic T-1000 in Terminator 2.
What refers to the work of Tim Miller although it is very good in the sequences of action, because of certain uneven moments, where we see FX in CGI of a rather poor quality and that does not fit other parts of the film where it has great visual quality and the effects with the real image are brilliantly integrated.
Another point is that the persecutions in a moment already become implausible in the best style of the latest Fast & Furious and other contemporary visual productions, and it is that visual aspect that makes Terminator: Dark Fate, look like another action movie, without that author's eye that Cameron had. Beyond that, there are certain reference planes that are a carbon copy of scenes from the first two films, but that is not enough to make the film take off as that special and unique thing that it pretends to be.
This is why Terminator: Dark Fate, is a dark reboot, for what is already known to be a new trilogy. An uneven film from which something new was expected, a step forward and not a retelling of the original story over and over again. Watch it online to see it for yourself.