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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines back to product details

Interesting despite everything
written by thingstodo November 6, 2006 - 4:10 PM PST
First the bad: the T101 (or whatever model Arnold's is) is totally inconsistent; it chooses almost randomly when to have emotions and when not to and when to have retained memory (the car key under the visor) from T2 and when not to. I swear there's one line stolen directly from Star Trek's Borgs. Claire Dane's presence was pleasant. But the choice to use Kristanna (sp?) Loken as a "terminator's terminator" was exploitative at best since there was no advantage to having a female form (other than the obvious eye-candy appeal to us viewers). Upgrading Robert Patrick's T1000 would've sufficed. The new John Connor (Nick Stahl) is OK, I guess, although the angst from Edward Furlong is not there (which is curious as I would think the now older John would have MORE angst and dread).

Now the good: the ending and the relationship between the different terminators and John were geniunely surprises. Since I don't want to give away more than what's already done, let's say that they were unexpected given everything else that has happened and, thankfully, didn't make this one yet another T2. It actually added a layer of complexity that made me rethink the whole trilogy and the conundrum that plagues the John Connor in the future. Lastly, the special effects and car chases (and crashes) were adequately exciting (this is, after all, a Terminator movie).

So there it is: an interesting and a surprisingly complex ending of a trilogy despite almost everything. How's that for beating the odds?

Oh dear
written by SAmshey October 5, 2006 - 12:56 AM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Why don't they just let it end already? Interesting only because Nick Stahl plays John Connor. Bad directing from the get go.

Did I watch a different movie?
written by ancawonka July 27, 2005 - 11:25 PM PDT
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I was thoroughly entertained watching this movie! It had a beautiful look, some good acting from Claire Danes, and it made me think. Because the plot was so predictable, I read the subtext - and boy, was that interesting!

Judgement Day is Inevitable. Machines will take over, and humans will have to scrabble to survive. Women will make the decisions to grab on to the future while the male hero sits around and bemoans his fate. Human beings, while trying to develop anti-virus software, will accidentally create an AI that thinks that the most efficient way to get rid of the viruses is to get rid of the virus writers - humans. By programming fear, paranoia, and violence into our machines, we are naively programming our own desctruction.

written by BBendall July 20, 2004 - 11:00 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
T2 is so far superior to this movie, its ridiculous. Arnold's terminator is turned into a joke, and the performances by the other actors are pretty wooden. The plot is actually the movies strong suit. Its predictable, but still somewhat interesting.
The main problem is the horrible direction. The film feels like a long setup with no payoff. Also, what is with almost everything happening in the daytime? I always liked that most scenes (esp. action scenes) in T1 and 2 took place at night.


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