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Review Terminator: Dark Fate (2019): I had a good time watching this!

genre: action, adventure, science fiction

It's been a while I had seen this but had not written the review yet so I was forced to revisit the film and was pleasantly surprised that the second viewing was just as good as the first time I watched it. Sure there are some flaws or problems. But to the magnitude some fans have may you believe? Not at all.

After the disaster that was Terminator: Genisys I had little to no hope they would be able to correct that mistake. In a way they did and in a way they didn't. Like with many productions who have written themselves in a corner they basically did the only thing they could do and reboot the franchise. However including Schwarzenegger and the original story featuring him. In essence Dark Fate is a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day in an alternate timeline to Rise of the Machines, Salvation and Genisys. So events of those films did happen but in a different timeline so that technically they still belong to the same franchise. But of course we know they rather want you to forget about those parts. So how does Dark Fate fare? Is it a step into the right direction? To be honest I think in that regard Dark Fate plays it far too safe. Even with the blatant retconning of pivotal characters. While Dark Fate is supposed to be a sequel it at the same time is a reboot with the same story about a machine set out to terminate a future threat. Only this time with a twist. I personally didn't have any problems with the twist except for maybe the fact that by doing so even the original and Judgement Day have become obsolete. And I also didn't have problems with the protector being an enhanced human being. 

In fact it helped make the action more fun. And to be honest it's the action that is the real saving grace of this film. That in combination with some old school quips from Arnold and Linda Hamilton made it entertaining for me. I actually thought there were even some touching moments here and there. The new Terminator had some impressive abilities. It's too bad that he is never truly menacing as Arnie or Robert Patrick were. I do think they dropped the ball on this approach since it was the fact that the Terminator never ever stopped that made both of them so scary.  

Did I want more new and creative storytelling? Of course. But I can't deny I had a good time watching this. It's certainly a major improvement on Genisys. So don't believe the naysayers, it's pretty entertaining if you don't get bogged down by some of the SJW politics. 

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