Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

Produced by: InterMedia Film Equities

Distributed by: Warner Bros., Columbia

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 20, 2003
Viewing Location: Upper East Side, NYC Grade: A-
Summary: One long chase scene.
The movie is basically one long chase scene, there aren't any real rest stops. John Connor is now an adult, SkyNet hasn't become selfaware (yet), and the robots from the future send a Terminatrix back in time to kill Connor and his lieutennants while they're still young and ignorant. Schwarzenegger returns as a basic Terminator, reprogrammed to protect Connor and his associates. Well that's the plot, really; the rest of the movie is an incredible chase scene, with pickups, cop cars, a heavy crane vehicle, a fire truck, a hearse, helicopters, and stuff on foot. It's all really amazing to watch, you'll be drawn to it instantly (even if you care little about the story). The spectacle and the desctruction are fairly impressive. And if you think that's neat, check out the credits; I counted about nine subcontractor CG companies, so you know the movie had a shitload of people working on the special effects. 

Review by Finrod Date seen: July 25, 2003
Viewing Location: AMC Parkway Pointe 15, in a shoebox theater Grade: A
Summary: Better than expected
I was really expecting not very much out of this movie; after all the original _The Terminator_ was a classic cross between sci-fi and horror, and the sequel _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_ was the first real major success at blending reality and CGI effectively, to my mind anyways. So how could this one top or equal those?

Well, it can't, but it came damn close.

I can't quite bring myself to give it the same A+ grade that I give the first two, but it came awfully close. The way I personally tell a top-grade movie from a merely good movie is how it affects me after I leave the theater-- top-grade movies often end up warping my perception of reality for a few hours afterward, because my brain is still somewhat in the movie universe.

T3 had that effect on me, but since I have to compare it to its predecessors, it gets an A, not an A+. I'm now looking forward quite a bit to T4, since this movie could be used as quite the set-up for it.  

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