The most advanced Terminator unit ever is sent to destroy humankind and ensure the triumph of the machines.
With a reported budget of $172 million, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
starts in high gear and never slows down. The apocalyptic "Judgment Day" of Terminator 2
was never prevented, only postponed: John Connor (Nick Stahl, replacing T2's
Edward Furlong), now 22 and disconnected from society, is being pursued yet again, this time by the advanced T-X, a sleek "Terminatrix" (coldly expressionless Kristanna Loken) programmed to stop Connor from becoming the saviour of humankind. Originally programmed as an assassin, a disadvantaged T-101 cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger, bidding fond farewell to his signature role) arrives from the future to join Connor and his old acquaintance Kate (Claire Danes) in thwarting the T-X's relentless pursuit. The plot presents a logical fulfillment of T2
prophesy, disposing of Connor's mother (Linda Hamilton is sorely missed) while computer-driven machines assume control, launching a nuclear nightmare that Connor must survive. With Breakdown
serving as worthy rehearsals for this cautionary epic of mass destruction, director Jonathan Mostow wisely avoids any stylistic connection to James Cameron's Terminator
classics; instead he's crafted a fun, exciting popcorn thriller, humorous and yet still effectively nihilistic, and comparable to Jurassic Park III
in returning the Terminator
franchise to its potent B-movie roots. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
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