TERMINATOR 3 - Rise Of The Machines

With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Nick Stahl
Directed by
David Mostow

First off, who is mister Mostow? Where is creator James Cameron in the equation? Not even a writing or executive producer contribution? Was he underwater making 3-D movies? Was Edward Furlong approached to reprise his role as John Connor? Was he in rehab?

While the questions can keep on rolling, the matter at hand ended up being entertaining enough not to be dismissed outright (except for the new female
Terminator who appears dripping in hair products and lip gloss - a dark haired actress without a pudding face would've been more convincing, but I guess it would've been to "Matrix"). While she's there to track down Connor and other members of the future resistance, Arnie is back again as protection. Actions they thought were halted in the Judgement Day chapter seem to be reactivated. Some spectacular chases, explosive action and terrible humour keep the momentum rolling. It's kind of like
Mad Max 3 - enjoyable, but you feel a little uncomfortable attaching it to the first two triumphs (at least the Mad Max series had its original visionary attached throughout - before he started making pig and penguin movies). Schwarzenegger is looking a bit old, but still has it (however cheesy and stale) - perhaps his political aspirations will now take over. Injecting a female Terminator was one of the logical next steps and some future-present-past loose ends get tied up to a certain extent, the ending a nice surprise. It could finish there, but what's the chance?

Movie franchise-wise, if there's money to be made, there's no stopping them. Hey, maybe they'll melt the
Matrix and Terminator stories together for a TV series! God forbidů

4 / B
- Paul Blom

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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