ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2019 – T – Terminator Dark Fate (2019) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“Funerals don’t help them. And goodbyes don’t help you..” – Sarah Connor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Twenty years after the events that ended Skynet, a new threat sends back a Terminator to stop the future from happening and only a lone protector can save humanity once again.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been interested in seeing for quite a while and didn’t get a chance to see it until now.

I am a big fan of the James Cameron films in this series and have also enjoyed the “non-canon” films too and had high hopes that with Cameron’s input in this movie, it would bring the story back to where it should go.

Thankfully, the story works really well with the first two films and has a great continuity that is integrated into the overall story line.

Love the fact that Linda Hamilton is back in this series and they do a nice job of finding a new character arc for her while keeping her original personality intact within this new story.

As always, the action is great and is choreographed in a really fun way.

The special effects are superb and help enhance this story because it mixes the science of today with a futuristic one that gives us a futuristic look and feel for things as the characters battle one another over the future of humanity.

The story is paced really well and they find a way to allow things to play out in an enjoyable and satisfying way.

The biggest drawback in this movie is the fact that they rehash too many parts of the story from the original two films and give us situations and dialogue that has already been used in the past.

The story is saved though by the fact that they have some nice fake outs along with some nice original ideas that show up along the way which adds to the story.

The story definitely works well as a direct sequel to the Cameron films and is clearly better than the other sequels in the series.

Bottom Line – Great sequel that truly feels like the next chapter in the original Cameron version of the series. Hamilton is great reprising her role and they do a nice job integrated her personality into the new story.  The action is great and the special effects are able to once again enhance this story to a new level due to the futuristic look and feel of things as they battle over the future of humanity.  The story moves along at a great pace and allows for things to play out quite well. The film has a few too many parts that rehash events and situations from the previous two films, but overall, they still manage to keep things interesting due a few fake outs and some great ideas that pop up along the way.  This is much better than most of the other “non-canon” sequels and actually works better from a logical perspective.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Cameron considers the film as a direct sequel to his own films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He was not involved in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015), so Terminator: Dark Fate disregards the events of these films, as well as the short-lived TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008). In 2017, Cameron commented that he has been generally supportive of those films due to his close friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but for various reasons, they did not work for him, so he decided to produce a true sequel himself. This means that Rise of the Machines, Salvation, Genisys and Sarah Connor Chronicles are being described as occurring in alternate timelines. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2019 – I – The Informer (2019) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“I don’t have kids, I would suffer too much if something happened to them. ” – Klimak

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An ex-con working undercover for the FBI is sent back into prison in order to get in deeper with the mob.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recently heard about and it seemed quite intriguing, so I decided to check it out.

Unfortunately, the entire film’s plot and story is told in the trailer which is quite a shame.

The story itself is told in a very generic way that feels like they are just copying the ideas of other films and using them here with the hope that no one will notice.

The way that things unfold is done in a very predictable manner and that hurts things even more because there are no surprises along the way or even any twists or turns that would help make this more thrilling instead of being a dud.

What is most surprising is the fact that this film sports a nice cast and they are all wasted because of the fact that nothing interesting happens at all.

Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen are the most wasted here and neither has enough to do with their stereotypical characters.

The way that things are presented make the viewer feel as if they are trying much too hard to do something special here yet never succeed at any point because it comes across as being quite uninteresting throughout.

If you wanna save time, just watch the trailer and you basically will understand the whole plot…

Bottom Line – Very generic crime film that fails to bring anything new to the forum. The story is quite predictable in so many ways which takes away the fun of trying to watch this film because it all seems like it’s been done before. The cast is completely wasted here and I’m a bit shocked that some big named actors chose to partake especially Pike and Owen.  The story tries too hard to want to do something more and completely fails the whole way through which is a shame.  The trailer basically gives away the whole film, so it’s easier just to watch it instead of sitting through two hours of this turkey.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Part of this movie was filmed in an abandoned prison in Gloucester, UK (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Anticipated for 2020 – #

ABC Film Challenge

Anticipated for 2020

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The year 2019 is coming to a close and it is time to look ahead to the new year, through December the subject is the films I am looking forward to seeing, hopefully I will be able to select one film for each letter even if we dive into actors, directors or themes. Join in if you want and let’s get this conversation going about the next hopefully wonderful year in film.

The Conjuring 3, The Nun 2 and The Crooked Man

Stars – Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga

SynopsisThe Conjuring Universe continues to grow and with three more additions lets see how they all work out.

ABC Film Challenge – Anticipated for 2020 – Z

ABC Film Challenge

Anticipated for 2020

Z

The year 2029 is coming to a close and it is time to look ahead to the new year, through December the subject is the films I am looking forward to seeing, hopefully I will be able to select one film for each letter even if we dive into actors, directors or themes. Join in if you want and let’s get this conversation going about the next hopefully wonderful year in film.

Zombies – The Curse of Hobbes House

Stars – Mhairi Calvey, Kevin Leslie, Colin Murtagh

SynopsisWhen down on her luck Jane Dormant learns about the death of her Aunt Alexandra she expects a life-saving inheritance but finds herself battling bloodthirsty Zombies instead, fighting for her life

ABC Film Challenge – Anticipated for 2020 – Y

ABC Film Challenge

Anticipated for 2020

Y

The year 2019 is coming to a close and it is time to look ahead to the new year, through December the subject is the films I am looking forward to seeing, hopefully I will be able to select one film for each letter even if we dive into actors, directors or themes. Join in if you want and let’s get this conversation going about the next hopefully wonderful year in film.

Yifei Liu – Mulan

Stars – Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li

SynopsisA young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’