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An uplifting indie film, in every sense of the word. As someone who has some experience in Research, no film captures that beautiful feeling like this one. (My field was Concrete, I am a Civil Engineer).
This may as well, be is the best film about research of all time. The characters feel like real people. Research students are mostly underpaid volunteers, that are just doing it for the love of it. However this makes the experience frustrating, and undervalued. To feel un-rewarded
Work in labs, can be lonely and tiresome, extremely methodic. Doing things that are very alike, over and over again. In the search of this new thing. The existentialism behind the pursuit of knowledge. This film really captures, how this little discoveries, or just the possiblity of them, are the things that keep us going.
In movies we always see this big budget fancy CGI rooms. With all kinds of technology. This is the first time the equipment looks like something, an average working person. Could afford.
And then learning it was made with a super small budget. Knowing the struggles of indie film-makers, this makes the movie even more inspiring and awesome.
I'm mixed in this one. I appreciate that Linda Hamilton and Arnold returned, but I wish there had been a better idea behind it. My problem with this movie is the same I have with a lot of JJ Abrams' movies (Star Wars: [7: The Force Awakens / 9: Rise of Skywalker], Star Trek: Into Darkness), which I consider bad. The problem is that this movie is a remake of a previous movie, rather than an original work, is very derivative. All these old and new, well-casted and talented people with potential, all wasted on a reenactment -remake of a better film.
Even if I think Dark Fate is better than those due to at least bringing a bit more new ideas. Those new ideas are quickly forgotten. Like the machines replacing humans tease of a new industrial Revolution (and the quite obvious yet missed fear of Latino migrants replacing Americans the same way). Or the marriage of the new Terminator, or the Death of Jhon Connor.
All this neat new ideas are sidelined in favor of re-doing Terminator 1 and 2, again with a road chase, ending in some Power Plant/ factory (). I feel like those movies, should had skipped this movie and instead started with the direct-sequel to this movie. We have the originals to familiarize ourselves with the originals, specially in the streaming era. Sequels are for new things. Hell even if Dark Fate is better directed and written, at least Salvation and Genysis were trying new things. Even of they failed at them.
I don't know, I feel this remake Sequels all fail to justifiy their existance.
Maybe a controversial opinion, but Salvation is my favorite of the Terminator 2 sequels. Regardless of the intent of the creators, I don't see this movie as a sequel to Terminator 3, but rather as a Prequel to the first movie.
Maybe the direction is not as good as it could had been, and as a consequence the whole movie suffers. But the idea they had with the movie is the best attempt at a Terminator 2-sequel, because trying to show Future Jhon Connor is at least is refreshing from the whole time travel guardian/robot killer that all other Terminator movies repeat again and again from the first two. (Also the discarded Sequels idea of bringing Sarah Connor to the future, at least seemed more interesting than whatever all the other post-Terminator things were attempting, even if it didn't worked out).
I don't think this movie damages anything in the first or second. Is meant to be the early days of the Resistance.
The young Kyle Resee from this was at least believable as someone who could grow into the character from the first movie. Cristhian Bale is a more believable Jhon Connor than the one from the 3rd film (even if is anoying how adult Jhon Connor is a new person in every movie. At least they could have tried to keep the same wife from the 3rd film; just for the sake of continuity. I don't know, that's the least of the problems. Just a nitpick.)
A great and simple action film, that is a blend between the slasher and bodyguard genres. But with the twist of a time traveling robot, being the killer. It spawned an ever better Sequel in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Terminator 2 is the quitesential time travel film about robots. Everything works, this is a perfect Sequel in every sense. Every actor, VFX, the script, directi, everything works in the best way possible.
Is a movie about proving destiny is never written.