Terminator: Dark Fate’ drops into theaters


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“Terminator: Dark Fate” released in theaters Friday, Nov. 1.

“Terminator: Dark Fate” hit theaters Friday, Nov. 1, the newest installment of the “Terminator” franchise.

“Terminator: Dark Fate” revives the series for what could be the last time. The previous installment, “Terminator Genisys” released four years ago.

The film follows Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), Grace (Mackenzie Davis), and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) as a new terminator model called REV-9 hunts Ramos.

In this installment, a terminator kills John Connor unlike in previous movies in which he was alive.

After his death, Sarah Connor spends her days hunting the machines that killed her son.

Grace comes along after dropping out of the sky, sent to protect Ramos from the REV-9 terminator.

Ramos turns out to be a leader of the rebellion that will rise up against Legion, an AI that succeeded Skynet after events in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.”

Legion sent the REV-9 terminator after Ramos, the next John Connor.

The REV-9 terminator chases the group as they try to find someone who can destroy the machine from the future.

Dani’s character is developed thoroughly through her reactions to the situations she endures.

We see her become a strong-willed character who is liked by moviegoers, including sophomore Aizya Sorensen.

“She was a smart and strong character,” Sorensen said. “She was very good in the story.”

IMDb gave “Terminator: Dark Fate” 6.5 out of 10 stars, while Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 70 percent.

I don’t feel these scores do the movie justice. It revived the series in an exciting way, blending genres including sci-fi, horror, and action.

Fan favorites returned, such as Hamilton’s character and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Carl, an old T-800 terminator model.

Bits of comedy from Hamilton and Schwarzenegger add humor to the movie.

Sorensen thinks the film is not as bad as critics think.

“It was a very good movie,” Sorensen said. “There was lots of action and good character development.”

Some viewers didn’t enjoy the movie, as junior Daniel Barrington saw at his job at NCG Cinemas.

“I didn’t see many people buying tickets to see that movie,” Barrington said. “It just didn’t seem very popular. The reviews from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes seem to agree with this statement.”