(Major spoilers ahead for “Terminator: Dark Fate”)
“Terminator: Dark Fate” is a strange situation. It’s a franchise movie that wants to pretend most of the franchise didn’t actually happen. It wants to pick up directly from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and just ignore “Terminator 3,” “Salvation” and “Genisys.”
But for a movie that wants to write off several of its predecessors, it’s interesting that it it seems to so liberally borrow from them. When I watched “Dark Fate” I couldn’t help but notice how much of the film is taken from the previous five movies. So while James Cameron and producer Tim Miller might be trying to make you forget half the franchise, it actually did a much better job of reminding me of those movies.
So let’s get into the nitty gritty. I’m going to largely focus here on the big things, because I’ve only seen the movie once and I’m sure there’s even more stuff I missed or have forgotten. But the big things are enough. Trust me. So let’s take a look at the biggest things that “Terminator: Dark Fate” from each of the other five “Terminator” movies.
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“Dark Fate” is really just a rehash of the first movie, with exactly the same plot. In the future an evil AI blows up the world and then fights a protracted war against the human survivors, which it loses. At the end of the war, that AI sends a Terminator back in time to prevent the leader of the resistance from ever becoming the leader of the resistance, and the resistance sends somebody back to fight that Terminator. The whole thing is a closed time loop with a predestination paradox — the resistance leader chooses the person who they remember from the past to try to maintain the continuity.
That would be normal and fine if this were a reboot, but it’s not — “Dark Fate” is a sequel, taking place in the continuity established by the first two movies, and it has Sarah Connor in it. So it’s a little bit odd for it to so specifically rehash the first movie.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”
The main bit that “Dark Fate” takes from “T2” is that Sarah basically goes through the same relationship arc with the T-800 all over again. She hates him and wants to kill him at the beginning, but then by the end they’re bros. This is a pretty frustrating thing to rehash.
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“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”
So the bad guy in “Dark Fate” is a Terminator Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) who has a liquid metal skin over a regular hard metal endoskeleton, which allows it to shapeshift. Back in “Rise of the Machines,” the villainous T-X (Kristanna Loken) also had a liquid metal skin over a hard metal endoskeleton which allowed it to shapeshift. The only difference between the two is …read more
Source:: The Wrap