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Terminator 3

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Well it was bound to happen sooner or later wasn't it? As so often is the case with many horror or sci fi movies, they often get turned into a” franchise". By that point very few people who had anything to do with the original are even around anymore.

That is not to say every sequel every made by a different writer/director is bad. Aliens is very good. Alien 3 is also very good and underrated imo. Alien Ressurection...well that's a story for another time, but if you are interested read my review on it. But when original cast members, writers, directors start to leave, that usually is a sign of a decrease in quality.

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That's not to say it automatically means a bad movie, but you are seeing someone else's vision of what that universe is and it usually comes off that way. Bad retcons, plot holes and all kinds of other stuff begins to creep its way in. For example, this movie actually changes John Connor's age in T2 from 10 to 13, just to make its story work. It is very minor and only geeks like myself recognize things like this, but it is a very weak way of telling a story, which obviously has weaknesses if you have to flat out change things from a previous movie.

It is because of things like that, that the movie does not feel associated with The Terminator or T2. The characters share some of the same names, it's still about killer cyborgs, and Arnold is even still in this one, but it simply doesn't feel the same. This is not The Terminator, but rather Jonathan Mostow's (who?) version of it.

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So it turns out the John (Nick Stahl) and Sarah Connor did not prevent Judgment Day, but merely delayed it. Some dates changed, another new terminator is created (this time it's a she), and is again sent back in time to do it's best to wipe out the future resistance of mankind (John). It is very much a rehash of the previous movie. Skynet sends back one terminator (Kristanna Loken) to kill John, humanity sends another to protect him (Arnold), and John is still trying to prevent the future war.

This movie seemed like a parody compared to the first two. The humor was forced and awkward, the action was cartoony and fake looking, and most of the people in it seemed like caricatures. I used to enjoy this movie, but after seeing it on TV several times over the years, I have come to the conclusion that it stinks. I find the action sequences to be really over-the-top and not in a good fun way. They are absurd and anticlimatic. Plus, there's parts that simply look bad. The effects in this movie are pretty bad, especially when the two terminators are fighting in their big fight late in the movie. Really bad stuff. Nick Stahl was trying and really wasn't that bad, but the rest were. Claire Danes was very weak and Arnold was just showing up for a paycheck. A lot of the smaller roles were bad too. They didn't act like real people, but as if they were in a sequel to Anchorman or something similar.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was given the He said, She said seal of approval on October 26, 2010. It was updated on December 30, 2013.