R 120min 2003
“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” this time around John Connor (Stahl) is in his twenties and living ‘off the grid’ and by chance events encounter another T-101, sent to protect him and a new female Terminator (Loken) sent to kill him and his lieutenants on day of Judgment talked about throughout the trilogy.
This is a sequel just as good as the previous outing of Terminator films, but it does have its inferior moments. The logic behind this new Terminator can be confusing. Overall it’s a good action film that you come to know from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This chapter adds just another dimension of the characters in the previous film and wraps up there stories nicely. This film felt like a closing of chapter. This is one of the final films before Arnold became “the Govenator.”
“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” shows that the future for John Connor was already written and the damaging effect this situation has been on his life. The addition of Danes as a love interest is a familiar dynamic that has been seen since the first one and John’s conception.
Overall this time around it didn’t feel as fresh as the others but did deliver on action and answer some of the major question that the series brought up. A rumor in Hollywood is that there may be more films to come without Schwarzenegger. If its does I’m guessing they will deal more with John Connor and his war with the machines and less about the Terminators.
I give it 3/5 Gs.