Notable Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken
From my childhood, I grew an undying love and devotion to the "Terminator" franchise. One of my first memories of being in a movie theater is seeing "Terminator 2", so when this third entry came out...my entire family went to the theater to see it. It was an event, people. So needless to say, when "Terminator 3" came out as a disappointing rehash of the second film - I was shocked. Confused. Angry. Thusly, I haven't seen the film since I saw it in theaters ten years ago. It's been a decade though and it was high time that this cult film fan gave it a second look... and it still doesn't sit well with me.
John Connor (Stahl) has been on the run for ten years since they were able to avoid Judgement Day. His paranoia of the end of the world remains though and when a new terminator (Loken), a combination of classic and liquid metal models, comes back to start killing Connor and his future Lieutenants he realizes that the future has not been avoided...just postponed. Now he must rely on another friendly cyborg (Schwarzenegger) and an old flame (Danes) to try and stop Skynet from destroying the world...again.
|I know they were going for contrast in the casting of the villain, but Loken simply lacks the intimidation needed for the role.
|That yellow bastard.
|All new meaning to 'wake of death.'
In the end though, "T3" is just a disappointment. Yes the film is fun and the action is potently over the top, but in comparison to the previous films, which pulled that off AND had great writing on top of that, "T3" stumbles right out of the gate. It's rehash "T2" with less pull and far weaker execution.
At least "Terminator: Salvation" tried something new.
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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