Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Brett Azar
OUR RATING: ★★½
Sci-fi action serving as sequel to only The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day directed by Tim Miller. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) is set more than two decades after the events of Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) sets out to protect a young woman, Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), and her friends as a new type of liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future to terminate them.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Sarah Connor: [voice over] There once was a future, in which humankind was hunted, by a machine that could think, and terminators built to kill. A future without hope. That future never happened, because I stopped it to protect my son, and to save us all.
[in 1998 in Guatemala we see Sarah and John Connor attacked by a T-800 Terminator, which murders John before disappearing]
Sarah Connor: [voice over] Once, I saved three billion lives, but I couldn’t save my son. A machine took him from me, and I am terminated.
Man: Thanks, lady. You just saved our a**es.
Grace: Don’t thank me yet.
[we then see Grace wearing the man’s clothes and driving off in his car]
Grace: [referring to Rev-9 Terminator, transformed as Dani’s father] That is not your father. That is a machine that was sent here to kill you.
Dani Ramos: No!
Grace: Come with me, or you’re dead in the next thirty seconds. Come on!
Dani Ramos: [as they are trying to get away from the Rev-9] Who are you?
Grace: I’m the first mistake in your life.
Grace: [referring to hydraulic pressing onto Rev-9] Grace. My name is Grace. That won’t kill him. We got to go. Move!
Dani Ramos: What?!
Diego Ramos: Hey! Please, lady, tell us what that thing is?
Grace: It’s a terminator. A Rev-9. He was sent here from the future. I was too.
Diego Ramos: [sees the wound on her arm] Are you a machine too?
Grace: No, I’m human.
Diego Ramos: But your arm.
Grace: I’m augmented.
Diego Ramos: Augmented?
Grace: [to Dani, as the Rev-9 is chasing after them] I know you’re scared, but I’m here to protect you.
Dani Ramos: Why us?
Grace: You, Dani. You’re my mission.
Dani Ramos: Me?
Grace: [sees the Rev-9 approaching them in a car] Dani, you have to go.
Dani Ramos: [referring to Diego, who has been fatally wounded] I’m not leaving him!
Diego Ramos: Take her. Save her.
Dani Ramos: No!
Grace: I’m sorry.
[Grace takes Dani just as Rev-9’s car hits the truck, which explodes, killing Diego]
Grace: [after Diego is killed] Dani, stop!
Dani Ramos: Why did you do that?
Grace: We have to go, or he died for nothing.
Dani Ramos: No!
Grace: [referring to Rev-9 and its split cybernetic endoskeleton] When they try to kill me, run.
Dani Ramos: What?!
[just then Sarah arrives and with an RPG and explosives disables the Rev-9 and its split endoskeleton]
Sarah Connor: [to Grace and Dani] I’ll be back.
Dani Ramos: [referring to Sarah after she’s saved them from the Rev-9] Who the f*** is that?
Grace: I don’t know.
Dani Ramos: I want to go home. Take me home.
Grace: We’re not doing that.
Dani Ramos: I have to tell my father about Diego.
Grace: That’s not possible.
Dani Ramos: He doesn’t know about Diego. I need to see my father!
Grace: Your father is dead!
Dani Ramos: What?
Grace: It needs physical contact to copy people. And you don’t survive.
Dani Ramos: [crying] No. No.
Grace: I’m crashing.
Dani Ramos: You’re burning up.
Grace: My metabolism was tooled for short, intense bursts. You either stop a terminator in the first few minutes, or you’re dead.
Grace: Get back in the car. I have to protect you!
Dani Ramos: You can’t even walk! I’m going to the police.
Grace: You do that, it’ll find you. You bring a hundred cops between you and a terminator, you’ll get a hundred dead cops. Dani, please.
Grace: [Dani walks back] Wait. You can’t drive.
Dani Ramos: I’ll figure it out.
Pharmacist: [after Grace has given him a list of medicines to give her] Do you have a doctor’s prescription?
Grace: [puts her gun on the counter] Here’s my prescription.
Dani Ramos: What are you doing?
Grace: Ah, f*** it. Move. Move.
[she goes into stockroom and takes the medicine]
Sarah Connor: [as Dani is dragging Grace’s unconscious body out of the pharmacy] I save your a**, and you steal my truck. Nice.
Dani Ramos: I…
Sarah Connor: Never mind. It’s burnt.
Sarah Connor: [referring to an unconscious Grace] What’s wrong with her?
Dani Ramos: I don’t know. She’s sick, or something.
Sarah Connor: [takes the gun from Dani] Well, I need answers from you two. So let’s get her in the car. Give me that, before you hurt yourself.
Sarah Connor: So, who are you?
Dani Ramos: I’m Daniella Ramos. Dani. Nobody.
Sarah Connor: [referring to Grace] Well, Dani, you must be somebody, or they wouldn’t have sent, whatever she is, to protect you.
Sarah Connor: [to Dani, after getting rid of her phone] You might as well be wearing a tracking bracelet. When I’m ready to kill that thing, then I’ll let it know where we are.
Sarah Connor: [as Dani goes to take a bag of chips] Uh-uh. I keep my cellphone in a chip bag. The foil blocks the GPS signal, so they can’t track me.
Dani Ramos: Who’s trying to track you?
Sarah Connor: I’m wanted in a couple of states. Fifty, actually.
Dani Ramos: But why ten bags?
Sarah Connor: Because I really like potato chips.
Dani Ramos: [as Sarah injects an unconscious Grace] Her meds, how do you know how much of each to use?
Sarah Connor: I don’t.
Dani Ramos: My brother, he was in the truck when… Who will be there to bury him? Or my father? No funerals. No one there to say goodbye.
Sarah Connor: Funerals don’t help them. And goodbyes don’t help you. You just have to learn to live with it.
Sarah Connor: [Grace wakes to find Sarah pointing a gun at her] Talk. Talk fast.
Grace: [disarms Sarah and pushes her against the wall] You first.
Sarah Connor: Get off of me.
Dani Ramos: You locked me out of the room?
Sarah Connor: [referring to herself and Grace] Sometimes mommies and daddies have to have grownup discussions.
Sarah Connor: [referring to Dani] So you’re here to protect her. What are you? I’ve never seen one like you before. Almost human.
Grace: I am human. Just enhanced. You know, increased speed and strength, a microreactor. Which means, I can rip your throat out if you pi** me off, so don’t.
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