Does Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
really need to match up to the high standards of its two
predecessors? One would be foolish to have such expectations.
T3 is fun, enthralling, and action-packed—and even though it
doesn’t offer us anything more than that, it doesn’t really need
to. As an audience, we are engaged for its entire duration, and
never question the ridiculed story and plot-driving events. I
can commend director Jonathan Mostow for assembling an ambitious
and certainly presentable motion picture, even though his work
undoubtedly is the beholder of many flaws. I didn’t walk into
T3 to study it, though; I wanted a good time—one thing it
definitely showed me. There aren’t any better mainstream
releases currently playing in multiplexes than this one. T3
is worthy of a strong recommendation, intelligence left aside.
Arnold is back; bigger and louder than ever. The third, and much
awaited, installment in the Terminator franchise definitely
won’t disappoint, and I certainly enjoyed my time viewing it.
T3 begins ten years
after T2. John Connor (Nick Stahl) is now twenty-three;
his mother dead. He lives without a home or identity, so there
is no possible chance of another terminator coming after him.
But, soon enough, one does. She (Kristanna Loken) is a lady
terminator, known as the Terminatrix, or T-X. John is not the
only target she’s after, though; there are twenty-one others.
Also on the list is Kate Brewster (Claire Danes), a previous
association of John’s, whom he knew when he was thirteen. John
kissed her a day before his giant adventure in T2 began.
A new T-101 Unit (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back in time,
from the future to protect them. The T-101 is inferior to the
T-X, who has the ability to generate any weapon she would like
in the palm of her hand, and gain the power over any other
machine at any time she wants. The T-101 must still complete his
mission, however: to ensure the safety of John Connor. Many of
the final happenings of events that were left unresolved in the
first two films of the seruis unravel in T3. This film is
a lean, mean, fighting terminator machine whose mission is to
ensure the happiness of moviegoers everywhere. As far as
summer-movies and popcorn-flicks go, this one’s first-rate.
The constant usage of CGI
is very impressive, and the way the visual effects are done is
never a distraction to the likeability-factor of the movie. For
a campy, big-budget action film, T3 is well-done. The
change in directors (from Cameron to Mostow) makes the feel of
this one a lot different than the first two in the series, but
not exactly in a bad way. While T3 doesn’t nearly match
up to T1 and T2, and shouldn’t be expected to, the
letdown is in different areas than one would expect. This film
looses a lot of potential impact because of its amateur
storytelling ability. There was much more tension, expectation,
and craziness in the first two, while this one is often times a
very straightforward, but decent mindless picture, showcasing
insanely crazy action. It’s not exactly the beholder of less
substance, it just misuses some extra-baggage. T3 is
gutsy, and I can admire its ambition, but it certainly does have
some missing pieces (not that that matters in such a nutty
movie). One thing that I would’ve liked Mostow to do, as a
director, is mimic some of Cameron’s work on the original film.
He didn’t make an attempt to do so, and I respect his decision
to be independent. Nonetheless, it would’ve been superb to be
reminded of some of the old charm of T1 and T2.
Action, Arnold, and no
restraints whatsoever complete this boomingly entertaining
summer treasure. Most criticism towards it has been negative,
but only because of the close tie that most have towards the
first and second movies of the series. I can understand why one
would dislike Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, but I
thoroughly enjoyed it. This is probably it for Schwarzenegger's
career in the movie business, and I must say, every movie he’s
made has been a cheesy delight. In closing, this is definitely
one to see. T3 is a crazy, campy, surprising nutcase of a
movie, but it sure as hell is the best nutcase I’ve ever seen.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, guys….Kristanna Loken is on fire as