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  • Unfortunately, Terminator 3 neither provides a worthy successor to its predecessors, nor feels very much like a Terminator movie in general, despite the enormous budget thrown at it and returning stalwart Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • John Connor is now a young man (played by an unconvincing Nick Stahl) roaming the country on his motorcycle, living off the grid and generally trying to avoid attention of any kind, fearful that judgement day and the war against the machines weren’t fully quashed, however final T2 seemed
  • The final act is probably the highlight of the film and while this third outing in my opinion is a bit of an injustice on the perfect final chapter that T2 should have been, the unavoidable realization of the rise of the machines is at least well handled, executed with some of the movie’s best acting, special effects and writing

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      After the hugely successful, and critically acclaimed Terminator 2; a further sequel was obviously inevitable. However tightly the second movie concluded, however finally that last act seemed; box office gain would always dictate another movie would be made. Unfortunately, Terminator 3 neither provides a worthy successor to its predecessors, nor feels very much like a Terminator movie in general, despite the enormous budget thrown at it and returning stalwart Arnold Schwarzenegger.

      Things seem very distant from the last movie. Sarah Connor is now dead, having succumbed to cancer several years previously.

      John Connor is now a young man (played by an unconvincing Nick Stahl) roaming the country on his motorcycle, living off the grid and generally trying to avoid attention of any kind, fearful that judgement day and


      the war against the machines weren’t fully quashed, however final T2 seemed. Soon, a road accident sends him limping to a vet’s office, where he bumps shoulders with an old acquaintance, Katherine Brewster (Claire Danes), supposedly an old flame.

      Meanwhile, Arnie returns in his usual bubble of blue electricity, and like the second movie, serves as the heroic terminator. Representing the villainous side is the resourceful T-X, the first female model played by Kristanna Loken.

      Loken actually surprises in her role; there’s some awkward and embarrassing moments playing up her gender, but for the most part she works well as a simple minded villain. Arnie on the other hand just doesn’t fit the role as he did last time round.

      Gone is the charming relationship he had with ...


      • the young John Connor, or any attempts to replicate it. Instead, the writers have opted for more in the way of comedy, with Arnold being reduced to some massively clumsy and cringe worthy; his arrival at a strip bar and altercation with an effeminate male stripper being a particular stinker.

        Ultimately, there just isn’t a handle for the audience. None of the protagonists are particularly endearing or even likable for that matter.

        Sarah Connor’s tough, dedicated and unrelenting heroism stands tall over the wimpy John Connor of this movie, and there are some weak attempts to charge up newcomer Kate Brewster as an emerging action heroine. None of the efforts particularly work, and only Arnie’s Terminator is halfway entertaining, despite some awful dialogue.

        The actions sequences are

        pretty strong at least, not as visceral and imaginative as the last movie, but entertaining none the less. Saying that, even with all the explosions, car chases and CGI; it’s hard to see where the enormous budget went.

        The final act is probably the highlight of the film and while this third outing in my opinion is a bit of an injustice on the perfect final chapter that T2 should have been, the unavoidable realization of the rise of the machines is at least well handled, executed with some of the movie’s best acting, special effects and writing. This is certainly worth a look in, but any true fan of the originals, particularly the second movie, will have a hard time accepting this as a continuation of the franchise.




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