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November 4, 2019

Terminator: Rise of the Machines (2003) --- “The Machines Will Rise”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     It’s been nearly 10 years since the prevention "Judgment Day" and Skynet is on the verge of going online, the events of the last film having changed nothing in the future. Now 25 years old, John Connor (Nick Stahl) has lived life as a drifter with no record of his existence - almost untraceable by Skynet. Almost. In its third attempt to take out John Conner and begin its plan of world domination, Skynet sends its most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet, the T-X (Kristanna Loken). John’s only hope of survival is the CSM-101 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and together they must evade the T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day. Can the outdated CSM-101 Terminator eliminate the highly advanced T-X? Or is mankind doomed from the start?
     Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Surrogates) and screenplay by John Brancato (Surrogates, Terminator Salvation) and Michael Ferris (Surrogates, Terminator Salvation), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) is the third film in the Terminator franchise and is often criticized for not being in the same tone as its predecessors. And while it was not a near-perfect success like Terminator 2, I did not believe that it deserved the harsh criticism that it received because of the number of obstacles that it had to contend with: 1) following the monster success of Terminator 2, 2) an aging Arnold Schwarzenegger 3) making a cohesive story that wouldn't contradict its predecessor or successor, and 4) making a more impressive terminator than the T-1000. Of course, the story does have some issues because there are times when the story feels like it is a rehashing of the last film and it creates new questions about time travel within the Terminator universe, which in turn also creates more plot holes for the story. But Mostow’s direction is good and he utilizes some incredible action sequences to help draw attention away from the story’s issues. In addition, the Terminator franchise is built on overused catchphrases that have become a big part of popular culture. It mocks itself with a nice sense of humor and a sometimes deadpan delivery that makes this an entertaining film. All in all, Rise Of The Machines is a decent film.
     The cast performances were great once again, Mostow may prove to be lacking in his story but he did an excellent job in casting. The reason is that he chooses to use actors who are best known for their talent in dramatic roles rather than their work in action films. Nick Stahl (Body of Proof, Sin City) takes over the role of John Conner from Edward Furlong (American History X) and he proves to be an excellent choice by showing the paranoia and uncertainty of the future. Claire Danes (Homeland) does a fantastic job as well and alongside Stahl they both portray their characters with depth and humanity. Kristanna Loken (In the Name of the King, Lethal Weapon) does a very good job at the T-X and she gets the job done with her facial expressions and her limited dialogue. As always, Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator: Dark Fate) does a great job as the T-800 and his lack of social interaction provides many humorous moments throughout the film.

     Overall, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003) may not have been a necessary sequel but it was a decently entertaining one. The story had some issues and there were a number of plot holes that should have been resolved, however, the action sequences and humor do their best to try to distract audiences from the issues. The cast performances were great and were probably one of the elements that director Mostow got right. All in all, this was a decent film that is worth looking into.

Final Vote --- 6.5 of 10 stars

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