Terminator: Dark Destiny Cert: 15, 2 hours 8 minutes
Linda Hamilton is only 63 years old, but in Hollywood years, especially in Hollywood years as an action heroine – certainly the most unforgiving type – that makes up the original Terminator Star about 157.
But in the era of striking and conscious changes that the film industry is currently experiencing, fairer representation and remuneration, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity, she is now also a very busy Hollywood queen.
So while it's nice to catch our first look at her back as Sarah Connor Terminator: Dark Destiny It is also not surprising that this results from a rusty scowl pick-up, tight vest, machine gun and the Sarah Connor that we know and love. This is a terminator film for these changing times.
So while it's nice to catch our first glimpse of Sarah Connor Terminator: Dark DestinyIt's also completely surprising: this is a terminator film for these changing times
With the new film released 35 years after the legendary original, Hamilton is not a female presence this time. There is also a character that we initially consider to be the first female terminator (actually an "advanced" super soldier) and a young Mexican factory worker, whose survival soon turns out to be crucial for all of humanity.
But before we had time to think, "Hmm, that sounds familiar," we are hit by another example of rapidly changing times. When Grace – the super soldier, played by Canadian Mackenzie Davis – arrives for the first time, she continues the long-standing, time-traveling Terminator tradition of arriving completely naked.
There was a time when the resulting struggle, before stealing clothes, would have sparked considerable interest in young men of all ages. Now director Tim Miller from Dead Pool Glory provides a sequence that a Prim Maiden aunt would not blush.
Linda Hamilton is only 63 years old, but in Hollywood years, especially in Hollywood years as an action heroine – certainly the most unforgiving type – that makes up the original Terminator Star about 157
There are two other important things you need to know. First, this is the sixth Terminator film that is actually a continuation of the excellent Oscar winner in terms of franchise chronology Terminator 2: Last Day.
And secondly, good old Arnie is back, digital, but aged for a short time, because the new film doesn't waste any time really leaving the central story of the first two films behind us.
"Skynet? What is Skynet? "Asks a confused visitor from the future, who obviously doesn't know about the computer defense system that became self-aware and triggered nuclear armageddon when it perceived humanity as a threat.
Well, those are the first two films that are out of the way.
Good old Arnie (with Gabriel Luna above) is back, as the new film does not waste any time really leaving the central story of the first two films behind us
There's a lot to enjoy here as the original director James Cameron returns to the franchise that started his career as a filmmaker, this time as a producer and co-writer.
Our first real insights into Hamilton and Schwarzenegger feel like real moments in film history.
There's a bit of humor too, because Arnie's aging Terminator is now pretending to be human and working in upholstered furniture, while Hamilton's Connor has lost none of her attitude, as becomes clear when Grace decides it's time for the lively trio Mexico to move to Texas.
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"Would you like to try crossing the border with an undocumented Mexican citizen and a woman who had her own episode of America's Most Wanted?" Asks Sarah dryly.
But none of this is enough to turn a properly working Terminator film into a great film. Given Cameron's involvement, some of the visual effects are surprisingly not as convincing.
Then there's the undeniable fact that neither Davis as Grace nor Colombian actress Natalia Reyes, who plays Mexican Dani, set fire to the screen exactly. I was even a little tired of the Terminator's endless ability to repair itself.
The main problem, however, is the familiarity of the story. While it is a bit of a joy to see part of the iconography of the first two films – sunglasses, guns, a police officer-terminator – it is disappointing to see that Cameron and his writing team have written the same story over and over again.
What when Arnie said "I'll be back" is probably not quite what he was up to. Shame.
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