Terminator movies and helicopters just go together like Arnold Schwarzenegger and… helicopters. Choppers, for the well informed. Or maybe it’s James Cameron movies and helicopters (True Lies, anyone?). In this new Terminator: Dark Fate clip released by Paramount today, we find Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 Terminator, piloting a police helicopter in an ill-fated effort to dock atop, or within, a military transport/cargo plane.
The indestructible new foe will not let a simple runway explosion slow him down, finding his way onto the aircraft despite the good guys’ superior firepower. Then we’ve got Arnold doing his thing, peppering the poor Terminator’s face with a few dozen rounds. Now this is what the franchise is all about.
Its setup is not unlike the penultimate action sequence way back in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which featured a helicopter/truck freeway chase, ending in Robert Patrick’s T-1000 crashing in spectacularly explosive fashion. In that stunt, it should be noted, they really, somehow, flew a helicopter under an overpass. This installment is significantly less blue than that one, or any of Cameron’s films, for that matter.
As is the case with any Terminator film, you’ve got to up the ante just a bit each time (and up the CGI). This clip is the result.
The movie also stars Mackenzie Davis and a sorely missed Linda Hamilton reprising her Sarah Connor role.
And here’s the film’s official synopsis:
More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother (Diego Boneta) and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator – a Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) – travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani’s survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace (Mackenzie Davis), an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from Sarah’s past that may be their last best hope.