All things robot!
Dark Fate is a good companion piece to Genisys. Both movies push the boundaries of the mythos way ahead and offer variations on the T1 and T2 androids. This time around, we’re introduced to a cyber-enhanced character and cyborgs from a future much too close and improbable. Arnold’s gray beard feels like a plot hole and the whole introduction is nothing but fan service.
Dark Fate’s recurring theme is “diversity”. The film is dominated by three strong women: the athletic one, the Mexican one, and the old one. Arnold has been pivotal to this whole franchise, and still is. Sadly, he isn’t in this movie a whole lot. There are breath-taking action scenes and stunts, here; some of the most ambitious in the series, punctuated by a lot of exposition.
The film’s greatest strength is its intensity. Its biggest weakness is its pacing issues. Since we couldn’t care less about the characters, when things slow down, we get impatient. Make no mistake; this is an amazing film. It’s the best Hollywood has to offer. It could’ve used a script doctor, it could’ve used more Arnold, it shouldn’t have taken a dump on John Connor, but it’s a good sequel.