Friday, March 19, 2010

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came out in 2003 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Younger Son narrowed the choices down to 2, and The Husband picked this one. It's surprising how little happens considering how busy it is.


Moria gives it 1 star and says, " One strains to think of even a single thing about it that does work." Roger Ebert says it "abandons its own tradition to provide wall-to-wall action in what is essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue" and "is dumbed down for the multiplex hordes." Variety likes it:
"T3" delivers the goods. A hard-hitting, straight-ahead sci-fi actioner
this long-awaited return of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most famous character serves up nothing more and, crucially, nothing less than it intends to.

Rolling Stone calls it "a potent popcorn movie that digs in its hooks and doesn't let go until an ending that ODs on apocalyptic hoo-ha." The New York Times says, "''Terminator 3'' is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious, and to leave the Great Ideas to bona fide public intellectuals like Keanu Reeves and the Hulk." It's got a 70% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. Anonymous8:29 AM's surprising how LITTLE happens...

    A Pal

  2. Anonymous4:49 AM

    I'm one of the few who didn't like Terminator 2 at all (sorry, it was family-friendlier Terminator 1 with a larger budget).

    I think that Terminator 3 had some good ideas (the best idea they cut out - the origin of the "Arnold" voice) but the entire Terminator franchise had long boxed itself into "The T101 always finds a way to win despite the other unit being so superior." Also, the "Everything must be PG-13 nowadays or we don't get the tween/teen audience" absolutely killed the raw energy that T1 brought to the screen - How can a killer robot be menacing if it can't be... well, menacing?

    Personally, I'd love to see the series explore a more intellectual angle. Imagine if the two sides fought for so long that, in order for the humans to survive, they become more mechanized & that for the robots to survive they become more organic? At what point do the two sides look at each other & realize that there's no difference? THAT'D be a great movie to watch.

    Or what if the war is simply propagated by a third party unknown to the two warring sides as entertainment? No war can be sustained without technological loss - A third party continues to infuse new technology into the conflict to continue the conflict for the sole purposes of entertainment / research. It would be like two insects fighting inside a glass jar, with a third party constantly shaking the jar... Almost a 1984-ish concept.