In 1984 James Cameron, almost newcomer caught the attention of the general public with a sci-fi story full of adrenaline and adventure. The Terminator release revolutionized his career, also dedicating Arnold Schwarzenegger to one of the most iconic roles of pop culture. His cyborg was among the protagonists of six films focusing on the struggle between men and machines.
The saga has always been marked by many ups and downs and has experienced perhaps the most difficult moment in 2015 with the much-discussed Terminator Genisys. For this reason, there were concerns about the release of the trailer for the sixth chapter. Terminator: Dark Fate, previewed at Lucca Comics and Games, has removed, however, any doubt proving to be a very solid entertainment product.
Three years after the events of Terminator 2, Sarah (Linda Hamilton) and John Connor relax in a sunny Caribbean resort. The danger of Skynet is only a distant memory. But from the ocean, a cyborg T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) emerges from the future to kill John and to allow the advent of another evil artificial intelligence. Sarah tries to save her son but is forced to see him die in his arms.
Twenty-two years later, a last-generation Terminator (Diego Luna) makes his appearance in Mexico City with a mission: to kill Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes). Grace (Mackenzie Davis), a human who arrived in 2042, will make the cyborg's task difficult, protecting the girl's life.
However, it will not be easy to stop this increasingly powerful enemy, even able to create weapons from nothing. To be able to bring Dani to safety, we must rely on old glory, a truly stainless woman: Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), watch it now to see how it ends.
James Cameron's return to production entails a radical change of gear for the entire franchise. Even the Terminator, in fact, seems to follow the golden rule that gave success again to great sagas such as Jurassic Park and Star Wars. This last film, in fact, is positioned exactly halfway between a reboot operation - of the first iconic chapter - and a canonical sequel - of Terminator 2 - which ignores all the films made between 1991 and 2019.
The new Terminator: Dark Fate opens with a shock sequence that questions all the sequels starting from the third chapter. It is clear from the beginning that this time everything will be different. Or will it always be the same but with a modern and more carefree spirit?
This is the question that drives the entire Dark Fate operation, looked at from a distance with a skeptical look at the beginning and then acclaimed as one of the best entertainment surprises of 2019. The story entrusted to the direction of Tim Miller, if coldly analyzed, does not add anything new to what we have already seen, returning to repeat winning schemes but also mistakes of predecessors - temporal inconsistencies in the first place. So why Terminator: Dark Fate manages to be engaging and mysteriously "new"?
The secret is to be found in an extremely dynamic and exciting development based on a constantly growing rhythm accompanied by literally breathtaking action sequences. The pursuit of the opening sequence is among the best in recent years. An exceptional level of special effects, creeping into proven dynamics, also enriches the sci-fi component of the film, the most carefree and playful one.
The screenplay, however, while exaggerating the doses of irony in some passages, does not forget the emotional side of the story, playing its most precious cards: Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The two actors often steal the scene with their iconic, well-rounded characters, you need to watch online this movie to not miss out on all its goods.