Boasting the talents of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and James Cameron Dark Fate promises to be a stunning return to form
Paramount Pictures has released the first official photographs of the upcoming sequel ‘Terminator: Dark Fate‘. The pictures include a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s now aged T-800 model 101 and the return of Linda Hamilton to her role as Sarah Conner. Also included is a picture of newcomer Mackenzie Davis in her role of Grace. The pictures were shown at this past weeks CinemaCon which was held in Las Vegas.
Adding to the excitement was the first footage which was shown exclusively at the event and was introduced by Schwarzenegger and Hamilton themselves. Davis also appeared on stage alongside Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna. Hamilton also stated her distaste and dislike of the Terminator films that have been released since Terminator 2: Judgement Day was unleashed on the world back in 1991, saying the last three instalments were ‘Very Forgettable’, continuing on to state “You start something and you’re invested in the franchise, but somehow the characters that you care about weren’t there. Too many people, too many story points. So I think we’ve done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films”
Hamilton also revealed she had to consider the offer to return in her iconic role for around six weeks before deciding to commit to the film, pondering if the film was a cash grab and if she wanted to leave her quiet life that didn’t include her being a celebrity again. However, as the film erases the timeline set by the films after T2, she saw the chance to bring the franchise back to its classic days and to continue on the timeline she and Schwarzenegger started back in 1984. But sadly, this reunion on screen may be the last we see of both actors together, Hamilton stating “I may fake my own death so I don’t have to do another one”
The footage shown started with a shot of a naked Davis, falling from a ball of electricity that has appeared and formed in the middle of a bridge in Mexico City. Two bystanders and witnesses to the event come over to her aid but police officers suddenly appear on the scene and attempt to arrest her. The footage then showed the scene from Davis’ character Grace’s point of view. It suddenly becomes apparent that she possesses superhuman abilities and quickly dispatches the police surrounding her and stealing a car to make good her escape.
The footage then switches to Grace and Natalia Reyes’ character Dani. Both are seen to be attempting to escape from the new Terminator played by Gabriel Luna who is trying to attack them. When it looks like both women are in serious trouble and are facing a violent death, Sarah Conner appears. She is armed to the teeth and with some seriously killer moves. After Sarah destroys the threat to them, Dani asks the inevitable question, “What the F**k is that?”
Following this, a montage was shown on the screen. Classic action shots were featured and the appearance of Schwarzenegger’s Terminator. The footage shown ends back on the bridge again with Sarah Conner dropping a grenade over the side of it. As she walks away from the destruction that’s been caused, she drops the iconic line “I’ll be back”
Schwarzenegger and Hamilton’s characters will be seen via CGI in flashback scenes during the film. In addition, Edward Furlong’s incarnation of John Conner will also make an appearance in the film, again via CGI.
The new Terminator featured in the film and played by Gabriel Luna is a T-1000 but is a new updated version that has the alarming ability to split into two and to become separate fighting units. This new updated version may just become the adversary to rival Robert Patrick’s T-1000 from the first sequel, a villain that has gone down in movie history as one of the best seen on screen. It would be nice if Patrick made a cameo appearance in the film, digitally de-aged as they can do nowadays. It would be a fantastic tie-in to the franchises best days. Maybe he will and it’s going to be a nice surprise in the film. We can only hope.
The film is scheduled for worldwide release on November 1st this year. Paramount Pictures will be distributing the film in North America and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributing in other territories.
We can start to get our hopes up that the film will be a ‘proper’ sequel to the classic two films. It certainly appears that it has the cast and the possibility to become another true classic. Adding to its chances is the return of series creator James Cameron to the fray in a producing role and for contributing to the film’s story. Adding to its chances is the film is aiming for an R rating, unlike the previous three instalments which suggest an epic return to form for the cyborg franchise.
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