Terminator: Dark Fate – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Terminator: Dark Fate Is The Follow Up To T2: Judgement Day

The folks behind Terminator: Dark Fate had something up their sleeves. A special screening of Terminator 2: Judgement Day at Alamo Drafthouse was offered for just $5 that included 20 minutes of Dark Fate footage.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sean Tajipour

As the movie is about to begin, a special message from the Governator himself Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton appeared on the big screen. They were informing viewers that instead of T2, that they will be watching the entire movie Terminator: Dark Fate. I knew this would be happening ahead of time, so I made sure I brought my Dad along with me. I wanted to surprise him since it has been our tradition to watch the Terminator movies together since T3: Rise of the Machines.


In Mexico City, a newly modified liquid Terminator — the Rev-9 model — arrives from the future to kill a young factory worker named Dani Ramos. Also sent back in time is Grace, a hybrid cyborg human who must protect Ramos from the seemingly indestructible robotic assassin. But the two women soon find some much-needed help from a pair of unexpected allies — seasoned warrior Sarah Connor and the T-800 Terminator.

Throw everything you know and remember from previous Terminator movies post Judgment Day out the door.

Terminator: Dark Fate opens up with an emotional scene with Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor. It will explain how this a direct sequel to Judgement Day which did hit me in the feels After that it doesn’t take long for the action to kick in. We are quickly introduced to Dani Ramos, played by Natalie Reyes who is the young girl in the trailers that is being protected, along with the iconic time-traveling entrances of the Rev 9, who is a combination of liquid and metal played by Gabriel Luna and the protector of Dani Ramos named Grace played by Mackenzie Davis who is an enhanced/augmented human from the future. The first appearance everyone looked forward to was Sarah Connor’s which received applause from the entire theater.

Terminator Dark Fate Poster
Poster given out at secret screening.

I was excited that this movie was going to be Rated R which makes it the first Terminator movie since Rise of the Machines to receive this rating. It should come to no surprise that we get F/MF bombs throughout the movie and graphic action scenes, since the director of this movie is non-other than Tim Miller of Deadpool. The CGI is very heavy in this movie and you can easily notice some low-quality renderings during the movie which disappointed me since its 2019 and expect polished scenes were CGI is used most.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is named Carl.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator gives us a little twist on the capability of the T-800 unit and don’t worry Arnold is not just doing a cameo, he will be suiting up and joining the long battle! The scenes between Sarah Connor and the T-800 are great and it was a treat to see these two on the big screen again. The rest of the cast does very well and Mackenzie Davis does steal the spotlight in many scenes.

Who knows if this movie will spawn another sequel but I am happy by the way this movie concluded… You can alter the future but you can’t change fate.


I give Terminator Dark Fate an 8/10 and the price of admission is worth it just to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton on screen together again.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis. He is a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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