TERMINATOR: DARK FATE- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)



Linda Hamilton- Sarah Connor

Arnold Schwarzenegger- T-800/ Carl

Mackenzie Davis- Grace

Natalia Reyes- Dani Ramos

James Cameron has brought back Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger to complete his version of the Terminator story arch he began in 1984 with the new film “Terminator: Dark Fate”.

Mexico City 2019.

A ball of Lightning appears on a bridge, then a naked woman falls from the bridge. “Grace”, a time traveling soldier, takes out some federales and steals clothes from the teenagers that helped her. Dani Ramos (Reyes) is a young woman who works with her brother Diego (Diego Boneta) at the auto plant and also takes care of him and her father. Another ball of lightning appears above an apartment building and a man falls to the ground; another Terminator is here. The Terminator is a Rev-9 and shows up at the Ramos home hunting Dani.

Grace, tracks down Dani at the auto plant and tells her and Diego to come with her or they will die in 30 seconds. The Rev-9 aka Gabriel (Gabriel Luna) also appears at the plant as Mr. Ramos in an attempt to kill Dani. Grace get Dani and Diego out and a car chase begins through the streets of Mexico City ending at a bridge where the Rev-9 corners Grace and the kids. The Rev-9 is a different type of Terminator, the 9 is made of both liquid metal and a steel skeletal form that are able to separate and work in tandem as a team. Just as the Terminator charges a truck pulls on to the bridge and a woman with a bazooka gets out and blasts both halves of the Terminator. It is Sarah Conner.

Sarah Conner, the original Terminator target, appears on the bridge just in time to save Dani and Grace. Diego was impaled in the chase and was killed by the Terminator. Sarah explained she is wanted across the country so she is off the grid hunting Terminators. Sarah explained that she gets mysterious texts with coordinates that a Terminator will appear. Grace shows Sarah a set of coordinates that were tattooed on her in case she needs help keeping Dani alive, it is the same location that is texting Sarah.

The team hops a train toward the US border so they can cross and make their way to Texas and find this mysterious location. Dani, Grace and Sarah are captured by border patrol after they emerge from a tunnel and are put in a holding cell, a sitting duck for the Rev 9. The Terminator comes in and begins to kill all the guards in his way as he searches for Dani. Grace lets all the prisoners out and takes Dani and Sarah to a chopper and escape.

The coordinates lead them to a cabin and it belongs to Carl a guy who sell draperies. Grace knocks on the door and Sarah is stunned to see the T-800 Terminator that killed John Conner (Edward Furlong) years earlier on a beach in Mexico. Sarah tries to kill the machine but is stopped by Grace. Grace breaks down the Rev-9 to Carl and he agrees to help and supply the fire power for the team. Sarah tells him,” after this is over…I WILL KILL YOU!”


Skynet sent back multiple terminators to kill John and after Terminator 2: Judgement Day and they melted the machine, Sarah and john got comfortable and a second unit walked up and killed John. Sarah was left with nothing and spent all her time drinking and killing Terminators. The T-800, following the completion of his mission, settled in Texas and took in an abused wife and her son to raise as his family. Carl grew old learning how to be human.

Terminator: Dark Fate is a fun ending to the Cameron story arc that is overloaded with action sequences that would have Michael Bay green with jealousy. Cameron’s story was simple diverting the target to a new character and making all the films that followed Judgement Day irrelevant. Linda Hamilton is also over the top with her tough as nails persona, Rambo took a break from time to time!

Terminator: Dark Fate is a fun film that will give fans of the original films closure and new fans will like the non-stop action! The new terminator Rev-9 is the coolest one yet and provides numerous battles with the T-800.

Flickanalysis : 3/5