The Terminator, in all its guises, is an iconic villain, a symbol of technology gone awry. A theme that seems to gain in importance daily as we learn of the latest advances in AI and machine learning, the rising ubiquity of Deep Fake created videos and the use of social media to manipulate us. The idea of a computer taking over all our systems and deciding to wipe out humanity seems less a product of a fever dream and more our inevitable fate as the days pass.
The best Terminator stories have always been a simple one – Man & machine are sent from the future, one to protect and one to destroy. This simple starting point leads to a simple chase film as the Terminator relentlessly hunts down its target in a game of cat and mouse with some hapless current time VIP trying to understand why their life has just been turned upside down. The writers of Dark Fate have looked at what worked in the previous films and followed the chase film blueprint to a “T”. It also adds in some details from JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens blueprint to the mix as it introduces new characters and concepts to take the series forward, all while leaning heavily on our nostalgia for what came before to win us over.
The writers of Dark Fate have looked at what worked in the previous films and followed the chase film blueprint to a “T”.
...Arnold gives a great performance as Carl the Interior Decorator who just so happens to be a killing machine from the future.
The first fight scene is reminiscent of the introduction of the T-800 in T2 and the truck chase scene is far too similar to the aquaduct chase in T2.
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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1 November 2019
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