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Terminator 3 review

Updated on August 2, 2015

My Summary: Well sending a machine back to the past didn't work the last two times so now it's time for a more thought out plan: send another terminator back in time to kill as many people who will go on to help John fight them. But out of unfortunate coincidence the terminator that was sent back accidentally finds John Connor. Luckily Arnold is sent back as well to protect John and his future wife.

The Good: There is actually plenty of good to this film than most would like to give it credit for. Arnold is back with a worthwhile performance. The action is exhilarating especially the chase in the city with the truck. This entire film was quoted by Roger Ebert as "Essentially one long chase" which is true. But it is quite an interesting ride with funny lines, action, and performances. The new John Connor is okay not Furlong but decent enough. The thrills are present in the film and the pacing is consistent enough for a consistent ride. The beginning is awesome with the Cat and Mouse chase right before the epic chase through the city. There are some moments where John Connor sounds deep or intrigue but it's few and far between. The ending actually was not something I saw coming.

SPOILER ALERT!

So I thought they would find the system core of Skynet and destroy it like I'm sure many others were thinking. But instead where they are directed to is a fallout to protect them from the nuclear blast. The mission from the start was just to ensure John Connor and his wife survived Judgement Day. Also check out this clip that didn't make it into the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kayFrIR-Qfw

The Bad: Okay if you look at the plot it is basically Connor, his girlfriend, and the terminator running away from the female terminator. Yeah it might have been kind of like that in the previous ones but this one is more noticeable. The performances are flat and one dimensional and really far from the fleshed out ones from the previous. You won't remember these characters/actors after this and it's no shock that they didn't really do much of anything else worth remembering after this. Arnold is the only one you'll remember but you have several other films to remember him by. There is definitely a lot more talking and less action than previous films. The main problem with the film is nothing besides the city chase is memorable. You will basically finish watching it and forget it in a day. Sarah Connor is not in here and is replaced with Katharine Brewster who is a generic girl who does nothing really for the plot just shoved in. She only destroys one machine and does more crying and panicking than being useful at all to John or the plot. Again what's with the sunglasses at night?

Verdict: Still worth the watch

Obviously this is not the previous films or anywhere close but it still supplies an entertaining ride. It's generic for a terminator film but as an ordinary action film it delivers. There is plenty of stuff to make fun of or notice or wrong with the film but in the end you'll still get some enjoyment out of it. I would only recommend this if you just don't have much of anything better to watch and catch it on TV or something. It's far from awful and it isn't as annoying as some action films can get. But absolutely don't watch it after T2 because you will be incredibly disappointed. I liked the action, thrills, and joyride and that is plainly all there is.

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      Robert Sacchi 23 months ago

      A good and fair review. Yes, the ending fooled me as well. In that sense T3 made a good lead into the later Terminator movies. One plot hole in T3 and T2 is the time machine. I understand the earlier terminator model, titanium encased in living tissue, had to go through the portal naked. The liquid metal machines could also get through the portal, there was no reason for them to appear naked when they came through the portal.

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      alexseidler 23 months ago

      Yeah I suppose but that is a minor mistake.

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      Robert Sacchi 23 months ago

      You have a point there. The coffin in the hearse scene amuses me every time I see it. The coffin is bullet proof, I'll take the writer's word on that, the Terminator throws the coffin through the back window and the police promptly riddle the hearse with bullets. Then while the police are still firing away John Connor throws the lid off and sits up in the coffin. This guy trained in combat tactics since birth and future leader of the resistance doesn't have the sense to keep his head down.

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      alexseidler 23 months ago

      That's true. I thought he actually got shot because when he opens the coffin he says "shoot". But the dumbest moment has to be after they get the door opened and Skynet is approaching. Why the hell aren't they getting under it instead of uselessly shooting her with a small gun. I guess it's just so Arnold can say his "I'm back" which was pretty cool though. They are just lucky Arnold was able to get under and stop it.

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