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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The third movie in the "Terminator" franchise released in 2003.

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"I'm an inferior model"

  • Jun 28, 2009
A truer phrase couldn't have been spoken by anyone else but Arnold Schwarsenegger in this movie when he's describing his character, comparing himself to the more advanced TX model in the movie.  It's more fitting in other ways.  Yes he is an antique compared to the newer model but Terminator 3 is the weakest of the Terminator movies that were out by this point and Arnold's brand of action movie hero, the big meaty dude with a gun who blows everything away has been left in it's 80's past where Matt Damon and Brandon Frazier are now our action heroes.  Someone get me those DeLorean keys now.

Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines is a movie that people said shouldn't have been made.  At the end of Terminator 2, the idea arises that evidance of Terminators and the destruction of the facility that builds the computer system is no more and that maybe the future can finally be set in stone.  HOWEVER, Arnold is missing an arm by the end of that movie too...All the reason we need!  People also hated that the playing around with time takes a backseat in thie movie and that we hear that Judgement Day WILL come.  It's always been coming, but when.  In this movie though sooner then we think.

John Connor, humanities only hope is now living a free life where no amounts of computer activity can trace him and he's a drifter so that the future can't find him.  No problem, the future will settle for the next best thing and send it's killer after his future liutenants instead.  Of course, another captured Terminator from the future (Ahnuld) is out to protect those people and not neccissarily just John this time.

If your going to have an action movie, you better make the action good and high and this movie takes the cake.  One chase scene follows another and in between theres guns blazing away.  A fight scene between Arnold and the TX in a bathroom is great where everything gets smashed.  Urinals make great weapons too by the way.

The TX is a step forward but two steps back in terms of technology.  Sure she can change appearances like the T1000 from Terminator 2, BUT she can create advanced weapons like laser guns and flamethrowers!  BUT she can actually be killed in regular conventional means making her far less invincible and not nearly as cool, never mind a supermodel type is playing her.

People are so hot to say this movie is bad in the way that movie sequels don't live up to their predecessors.  Like how The Godfather part III isn't in the same league as The Godfather or The Godfather part II.  This movie has that same identity crisis, no matter how good or entertaining it might be, critics are still going to blast it saying it doesn't live up to it's name.  Had it come out a few years sooner maybe people would have gravitated towards it better before all the new action stars came out of the gates.  The story, for those same hot to hate people isn't as bad as people give it credit for, sure it's not quite as clever as the other two but just becuase you prevented the war doesn't mean it still couldn't happen and again like I said, Arnold is missing a hand in T2.

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October 21, 2010
Yeah this one is not as great as the first 2.
July 05, 2009
great review! I agree that this was inferior to the first two movies, but I still liked it. That major chase sequence is destined for classic scene status! Thanks for the review.
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review by . February 03, 2011
   Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,   Over many a quaint and curious movie of forgotten lore,   While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,   As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my dorm room door.   `'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my dorm room door -   Only this, and nothing more.'         Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the …
review by . November 28, 2009
Not as good as it could have been but a good netry none the less..
While "The Terminator" and "Terminator 2:Judgment Day" set up a line of success and action greatness  that has yet to be surpassed "Terminator 3: Rise of the machines" tries hard to continue the greatness but falls short on  many levels, but is not a failure for the series  but it is nowhere near the excellence and expert craftsmanship  of the first two movies. But is none the less a well executed and  strong finish to the end of humanity and …
review by . June 26, 2009
The Terminator idea is something of great intrigue to me and although it may seem extremely farfetched and even a bit bizarre that I would believe such a thing, I do actually think a machine uprising is a possibility. We as a race strive to create more advanced machines every day; machines that are capable of independent thought and maintenance are just around the corner. There is no denying that if we continue to create more and more intelligent machines and rely more on the interweaving network …
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Linda Hamilton declined to reprise her role as Sarah Conner.

The film's $170 million budget was the highest approved budget to date.

The third film of the Terminator series.
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