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Did Terminator Return in a Good or Bad Way? Terminator: Dark Fate Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie Review by Ms. H

Prior to watching the Terminator: Dark Fate movie, I found out the storyline would begin where one of the previous Terminator movies left off.  However, if you are like me, and do not keep up with all of the Terminator movies, you may not recall the specifics in the previous films. The good news is whether or not you saw any of the previous movies will probably not affect your opinion of this film.

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Plot of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

The plot had sort of a “Back to the Future” or other similar type movies spin since time-travel is involved.  The film features a character from the future who has traveled to the present to try to curtail events that may or may not happen. Particularly a character, Dani played by Natalia Reyes, is targeted by the Terminator for destruction because of events destined to happen in the future. The augmented human, Grace, is here to save her.

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Action Scenes in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

If you are a fan of action movies, complete with battles, as well as car races and explosions mixed in -- then you may enjoy watching theTerminator: Dark Fate movie.  On the other hand, if you like movies that have a solid storyline that you can follow and make logical conclusions about -- then you may want to pass on the Terminator: Dark Fate movie.

Pros of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Action Scenes in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

A plus for the Terminator: Dark Fate film is the myriad of action scenes throughout the movie.  The action scenes are mostly unique without giving the impression that you are watching the same scenes over and over again.

 Diversity in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Another plus for the Terminator: Dark Fate movie is the diversity in it. I think the casting staff did a good job of having a wide array of people in the movie. Along those lines, I liked the fact that women had prominent roles in the film, and participated equally in the action scenes.

I also believe Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor in the Terminator: Dark Fate film was a nice touch for the film  Unlike a movie I saw recently, Zombieland: Doubletap, she does not appear as a cameo in the movie near the credits like Bill Murray did -- but has a bona fide part in the Terminator: Dark Fate film.

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Cons of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Ambiguous Relationships in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

A con of the film is the ambiguous relationship between the Sharon Connor character played by Linda Hamilton and Grace played by Mackenzie Davis. In my opinion, more work should have been done on the dynamics between these characters. For example, in some scenes Grace lashes back at Sharon Connor with harsh, angry words, sometimes feathered with profanity that I had to close my ears to. Conversely in other scenes in the movie, Grace is like a buddy to Sharon Connor.   

 Violence in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

There is quite a bit of violence in the Terminator: Dark Fate movie including use of guns, fighting, hand grenades, explosions, chains etc.  Also similar to cartoons, you just wait a few minutes some of the characters are back as they were before these incidents happened. 

As a reminder, this movie is rated R so you must be 17 years or older or accompanied by parents or guardians to watch it. That being said, there were no really gross parts where I had to turn my head away from the screen. 

Dialogue in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

I would describe the dialogue in the Terminator: Dark Fate movie as “needing work.”  I got the impression the writers were looking for a tagline to leave with the movie, similar to the one that Arnold Swarteznegger made famous during at least one of his previous films which is “I’ll be back.” In this movie Linda Hamilton says words that were similar to these but not with the same impact. Other than that, some of the conversations seemed elementary, contrived and did not flow naturally.

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Casting of the Terminator Character in the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Most of the actors performed adequately for their roles, except for the actor Gabriel Luna who plays the part of the Terminator.  To me, he seemed ordinary and was not a good fit for the Terminator -- unless the Terminator is some sort of unassuming insurance agent or a non-action oriented type figure.

Assessment of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Unfortunately,  I think the Terminator: Dark Fate movie did not deliver. Specifically, the story was not engrossing, some of the characters were miscast and the dialogue was elementary.  Except for some of the action scenes, this movie to me was barely watchable. To answer the question posed in the title of my movie review -- the Terminator did return but to me, the movie returned in a bad way. On a positive note, I went to the matinee so I did not pay full price to see the Terminator: Dark Fate movie.

Rating of the Terminator: Dark Fate Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Terminator: Dark Fate movie 1 ½ stars.

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Video Footage or a Bona Fide Movie? Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Review by Ms. H

I think we all know that a fair amount of Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) is used in movies.  Think of those slow motion shots or any movie dealing with monsters, dinosaurs and others, and you expect to see this. However, when I watched Zombieland: Double Tap, I did not expect the large display of notices to display on the movie screen. 

In Zombieland: Double Tap movie, you will see different rules and other messages displayed in various type graphics on the screen along with whatever else is going on in the movie. What did I think of this, and would I recommend you watch Zombieland: Double Tap? Check out my movie review to find out.

The Graphic Notices on the Screen in the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

If you watch Zombieland, throughout the movie you will see certain rules, etc. not only voiced, but large graphic displays on the screen.  In my opinion, this took away from what was happening in the film and made the movie seem more like a powerpoint or video footage presentation instead of a movie.  To be fair, the displays were not continuous, so you saw real life acting without the displays. However, the appearances of these pop-up notices took away from giving the film a movie atmosphere.

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Nothing Scary about the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

Last time I checked, zombies are scary creatures and are to be feared. I did not see any of this displayed by the actors in this movie. Maybe it was because of the period of time, or because they expected to see these creatures -- but the film was underwhelming to me in the way of the scare focus.

Little known fact about Zombieland: Double Tap:  The cast was already selected for this sequel movie prior to the film being written. In fact, the project was on hold until the writers were free to write for the movie.

Characters Depictions in the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

The more I watched Zombieland,  the more I viewed it as a disjointed comedy instead of a well put together movie. That being said, one of the characters in the movie seemed straight out of the Legally Blonde movie franchise where a female seemed to have no idea of what was going on, and spoke and acted as such.  Maybe this was seen as a comic relief but I think this character and an annoyance was my least favorite of the cast.

Predictability of the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

Zombieland: Double Tap had highly predictable sequences in the movie. Spoiler alert:  Whenever there was some sort of danger, you knew the main characters were going to get out ok. There was an incident where the writers led you to believe that one of the characters was destroyed, but in the end, you find out that nothing really happens to her.  

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Grossness Displayed in the Zombieland: Double Tap Movie

Along with the unending profanity voiced by Woody Harrelson and a few others, there were many grotesque scenes where I had to turn my head away from the screen.  In fact, I had to do this quite a few times given the number of times someone was shown vomiting, etc. in the movie. Additionally, there is a really graphic scene showing the destruction of a Zombie’s head and face that you may want to look away from if you see this movie.

Diversity in Zombieland: Double Tap

This movie gets a passing score regarding having Rosario Dawson in the film; however, her appearance alone was not enough to save the movie.  

Assessment of Zombieland: Double Tap

With Halloween being only a few days away, I planned to see this movie long before it was released.  Was it a disappointment to me? I would have to answer a resounding “Yes.” Even with big stars in the movie such as Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Luke WIlson, and others -- the movie, to me, was a dud. There is a scene with Bill Murray after the credits roll, but I don’t think it’s worth your time hanging around to watch it.

Rating of Zombieland: Double Tap

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Zombieland: Double Tap 1/ ¾ stars.

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Is Black and Blue a Training Day Movie Clone? Black and Blue Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Black and Blue Movie Review by Ms. H

I saw the trailer for the Black and Blue movie and made a mental note to watch this film once it was released. The Black and Blue movie stars an African American female actor who I wanted to support since these type movies are few and far between. Did my support of the Black and Blue movie pan out for me or was the movie a waste of my time?  Check out my movie review of Black and Blue to find out.

Training Day and Black and Blue Movie Similarities

As you watch the Black and Blue movie, you may see a few similarities with Training Day, the movie starring  the academy award winning actor Denzel Washington. Without a doubt, Denzel Washington is a much experienced, as well as a better and skilled actor than the star of this movie, Naomie Harris. However there are specific scenes in the movie Black and Blue which may cause you to think of the Training Day film. I will not divulge them here, but there are at least two (maybe more) similarities between events in these two movies that I noticed.

Plot of the Black and Blue Movie

Simply put, the plot of the Black and Blue film centers around the plight of a police officer’s circumstance when she witnesses an event that ultimately formed the basis for the storyline of the movie. There are a few subplots thrown in, but the major plot centers around this situation.  

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Acting Skills Displayed in the Black and Blue Movie

In my opinion, the acting skills of the actors in the Black and Blue film were adequate for the movie. Prior to watching this film, I inadvertently came across an article online that lauded Tyrese Gibson on his acting skills in the Black and Blue movie. 

The above being said, I watched the movie at the theater with an open mind, and noticed that even though Tyrese Gibson had less screen time than the star, Naomie Harris, he seemed to be a more natural actor. In other words, there was no under or over-acting on his part. I think he performed in a way that drew you into what was going on in the movie.

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Suspense in the Black and Blue Movie

I think for the most part, the background music sets the tone for this movie in addition to the storyline. When there were lots of action, the momentum of the music changed to reflect this.  Additionally, even though Black and Blue is in no way a horror movie, sometimes the suspense in the movie is so strong, especially towards the beginning of the movie, it may cause you to jump in your seat.  Yes.. there are a few jump scares in the movie. On the other hand, the amount of drama presented in the movie balanced the action and suspense.

Similarities of the Black and Blue Movie to the Training Day Movie

As I alluded to earlier, due to the outstanding acting skills of Denzel Washington in the movie Training Day, there is no way, in my opinion, to compare these two movies fairly.  However, there are similarities in some scenes in this movie that correlates to Training Day. Since the stories are distinctly different, I would say that Black and Blue is not a clone of Training Day.  However, I believe the writer took creative license to show scenes that were remotely based on the Training Day movie.

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Assessment of Black and Blue Movie

The mix of action, adventure, drama and suspense proved to be an entertaining combination in the Black and Blue movie for me and may be for you as well. On the flip side, I think the movie art staff were lenient in showing damage to the actors. Additionally, I was not a fan of the violence. However, the most important aspect of this movie was the delivery of a story that sort of grabs your attention and in some instances may have you sitting on the edge of your seat. 

Rating of the Black and Blue Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Black and Blue movie 4 stars.

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