Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

2 out of 5 snowstones

As short as the original Terminator movie, part 3 of the naked-killer-robots-from-the-future saga was not wanted by James Cameron, the director of parts 1 and 2. That said, the movie does fit in with its predecessors, combining action-packed chase scenes and a relentless and seemingly indestructible killer machine with a grim view of the world and humanity.
"T2" seemed to have wrapped up all time paradoxes neatly by making sure that the technology from the future that people will use to create the technology from the future, was destroyed. So Terminator 3 provides a slightly different perspective. As the T-101 (Schwarzenegger) explains to a now-adult John Connor, "the war is inevitable". In this case, the superior robot is in the form of a female (it is never explained why). It's kind of hard to top the robot from T2, with its shapeshifting abilities and "memory metal", so the Terminatrix doesn't even try to offer much more.
So is "Rise of the Machines" milking the franchise? Yes and no. It is definitely the least of the three episodes, but it still makes for entertaining viewing and it doesn't make a joke out of the general idea and philosophy of the series. What we have here, it seems, is simply a very devoted fan with a humongous budget. That's all nice and good, but he's not James Cameron.

Posted by cronopio at 03:16 PM, August 05, 2005