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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Movie Reviews

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01/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

Ten years have passed since John Connor (Nick Stahl) helped to blow up Cyberdyne Systems and stop Judgment Day. Now in his 20s, he’s a homeless person living on the street where his only survival is his strength and eating off medicine at a local stray pound. His mother Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) is dead so the kid's got nobody else left and he is still targeted for termination. This time his would-be assassin is a gorgeous though deadly "Terminatrix" (Kristanna Loken) sent back to try and accomplish what the last two males could not succeed at doing.

The concept of a female terminator worked well, adding sex appeal and the opportunity for some humor amongst the carnage. And once more John finds himself the target of two Terminators: one out to protect him, the other to destroy him...

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01/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines" by Yojimbo

John Connor has reached adulthood and is once more pursued by a murderous robotic assassin as he tries to prevent Skynet from starting the war that means the near extinction of mankind. The Terminator films, like the Alien franchise before them, were always going to suffer in comparison to the two hugely influential originals. Basically Terminator 3 is not in the same league as the previous films and feels far more like a generic cash in that not only fails to expand on the concepts but also seems rather pointless in general. The self referential and ham-fisted humour in particular is a serious mistake making the film look like a parody of itself and the gimmicky casting of Kristanna Loken was never going to provide the presence and menace of Schwarzenegger or even Robert Patrick. But if ...

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05/06/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Back Yet Again

It was thought after the events of T2 that we succeeded in escaping judgment day. Of course that could never be the case as the terminators could only exist in a post-judgment day world. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines takes place several years after T2 and follows John Connor as the machines have sent a new cyborg back in time in an attempt to eliminate him and his future lieutenants. As before, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to ensure the survival of John Conner at all costs.

The film’s main flaw is how closely it follows the formula of T2. It also doesn’t help that its star is a rather unlikable and annoying character. Our enemy terminator here is portrayed by Kristanna Loken. I suppose the idea to have a female terminator is in an attempt to add sex appeal to the franchise. How ...

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10/25/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


I really loved this film the first time I saw it but that was back in 2003. I had not seen that many films then so I regarded it quite highly. Five years later, I saw this picture again but I didn’t like it as much. The script was stale compared to “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” but the acting somewhat made up for it. Some other elements that didn’t work for me was Claire Danes’ character. She was annoying because all she did was scream when she was in danger, yell when she didn’t get her own way, and waited to be rescued. I also didn’t like the fact that the writers killed of John Connor’s mother. She was a central figure in the first two films and disposing her was a fatal mistake (even if they couldn’t get Linda Hamilton to reprise her role). Still, this installment...

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02/19/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Thanks for tarnishing the series....

Horrible movie with only saving grace being Arnold. This movie just does nothing but crap on the great Terminator name sake. Welcome to T3, the only returning cast member being Arnold. Sarah Conner is missing in action (obviously she wouldn't sign on for such a crappy script) and John Conner's actor has been replaced by a horrid knock off. (Why they just didn't get Edward Furlong back to do John again I will never understand, Edward and Arnold worked very well together)

Now once again a terminator is out to kill John...and this time to put people in the seats they basically cast the new killing machine into a hot sexy woman. Of course on top of this, this new terminator is even more high tech, yet they send an original model (arnold) to protect John again... this is just getting old...

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