TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES

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Release Date: July 02, 2003

Starring: Arnold Swarzenegger, Nick
Stahl, Clair Danes, David
Andrews, and Kristanna Loken

Genre: Science Fiction

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder He is baack! Arnold
Swarzenegger reprises his most
famous role this summer in
TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE
MACHINES, but without his
collaborator, action director
James Cameron. In some ways,
TERMINATOR 3 is better made
than THE MATRIX RELOADED,
which borrows heavily from the
TERMINATOR series, but in
other ways, it isn’t. Both
movies leave a bit to be
desired. The new sequel opens
in 2007. Ten years ago, in
1997, John Connor and his
mother, Sarah, helped prevent
Judgment Day – the day when
Skynet’s highly developed
network of computerized
machines was scheduled to
become self-aware and destroy
mankind. Now 22, Connor still
lives “off the grid,” with
no home, no credit cards, no
phone, and no job, so that
Skynet can’t trace
him. Connor’s worst fears
come true. He has not stopped
the future; he has only
postponed it. From the future,
Skynet sends another
sophisticated “Terminator”
robot to kill Connor, but
Connor isn’t the only target
on the hit list. Unsuspecting
veterinarian Kate Brewster, a
former classmate of Connor’s
in junior high, is also
targeted. Her only hope for
survival is to team up with
Connor and a replica of the
Terminator machine that saved
Connor in the second
movie. The first half of
TERMINATOR 3 is very well done
and exciting, despite a couple
overly violent scenes. It
contains an elaborate chase
scene with a huge truck and
police cars that is much
better than the
over-computerized chase scene
at the end of MATRIX RELOADED.
The second half of TERMINATOR
3 loses steam, however,
despite Arnold
Swarzenegger’s commanding
presence. It shows viewers
nothing really new and has a
depressing, unimaginative
ending that fails to milk the
heroic possibilities in the
story. A rewrite of the
script’s third act could
have fixed this problem, as
well as some apparently
significant plot
holes. TERMINATOR 3 also
contains plenty of foul
language, including some
“f” words and some strong
profanities. Some of the
violence is over the top. For
instance, in one scene the two
human-looking Terminators slam
one another into walls and
floors, but with little or no
effect. In another scene, the
female Terminator shockingly
sticks her hands through a
plainclothes policeman’s
chest so that she can use her
hands to take over the driving
of his car. There is no reason
why the filmmakers couldn’t
have toned down the language
and violence in these movies
to get a PG-13
rating. Furthermore, the
humanist worldview in
TERMINATOR 3 results in a
depressing ending lacking a
truly positive, uplifting
tone. At the end of the first
two movies, the heroes manage
to defeat the evil machines.
In fact, at the end of the
second one, they stop the
nuclear destruction of human
civilization. The ending of
TERMINATOR 3 is not so clear,
and the characters of John
Connor and Kate Brewster are
not heroic and moral enough to
overcome this deficiency or to
satisfy the typical moviegoers
desire for positive role
models. Even Arnold
Swarzenegger’s enjoyable
mechanical swagger as the
cyborg with a heart cannot
overcome these plot and
character problems. Please
address your comments
to: Barry M. Meyer,
Chairman/CEO Warner Bros.,
Inc. 4000 Warner
Blvd. Burbank, CA
91522-0001 Phone: (818)
954-6000 Website:
www.movies.warnerbros.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 108 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Executive Producer:

Producer: Mario F. Kassar, Andreww
Vajna, Joel B. Michaels, Hal
Lieberman, and Colin
Wilson EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Moritz Borman, Guy East, Nigel
Sinclair, and Gale Anne Hurd

Writer: John Brancato and Michael
Ferris

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Content:

(HH, B, Ho, LLL, VVV, S, NN, A, M) Humanist worldview with much talk about “Fate”, as well as some moral, heroic elements, including army official says, “Let’s pray to God this works,” and minor homosexual character in brief bar scene; 25 obscenities (including a few “f” words), seven strong profanities, and six light exclamatory profanities; very strong action violence includes point blank shootings, machine gun fire, human-looking robots slam into vehicles, human-looking robot crashes through building, robot sticks hands through man’s chest to drive car, explosions, human-looking robots slam one another through walls and floors, robot almost beheads another robot, elaborate car and truck chase, and missile slams through human-looking robot’s body; women attend male strip night at a bar; full rear male and female nudity and brief upper female nudity; alcohol use at bar; and, lying.

GENRE: Science Fiction

Summary:

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES stars Arnold Swarzenegger as a cyborg sent from the future to save a young man who will become leader of a resistance movement against a sentient network of computerized machines. Despite Arnold Swarzenegger’s commanding presence and a fun first half, TERMINATOR 3 contains a depressing ending, plot holes, strong foul language, some excessive violence, and a humanist worldview lacking strong positive values.

Review:

He is baack!

Arnold Swarzenegger reprises his most famous role this summer in TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, but without his collaborator, action director James Cameron. In some ways, TERMINATOR 3 is better made than THE MATRIX RELOADED, which borrows heavily from the TERMINATOR series, but in other ways, it isn’t. Both movies leave a bit to be desired.

The new sequel opens in 2007. Ten years ago, in 1997, John Connor and his mother, Sarah, helped prevent Judgment Day – the day when Skynet’s highly developed network of computerized machines was scheduled to become self-aware and destroy mankind. Now 22, Connor still lives “off the grid,” with no home, no credit cards, no phone, and no job, so that Skynet can’t trace him.

Connor’s worst fears come true. He has not stopped the future; he has only postponed it. From the future, Skynet sends another sophisticated “Terminator” robot to kill Connor, but Connor isn’t the only target on the hit list. Unsuspecting veterinarian Kate Brewster, a former classmate of Connor’s in junior high, is also targeted. Her only hope for survival is to team up with Connor and a replica of the Terminator machine that saved Connor in the second movie.

The first half of TERMINATOR 3 is very well done and exciting, despite a couple overly violent scenes. It contains an elaborate chase scene with a huge truck and police cars that is much better than the over-computerized chase scene at the end of MATRIX RELOADED. The second half of TERMINATOR 3 loses steam, however, despite Arnold Swarzenegger’s commanding presence. It shows viewers nothing really new and has a depressing, unimaginative ending that fails to milk the heroic possibilities in the story. A rewrite of the script’s third act could have fixed this problem, as well as some apparently significant plot holes.

TERMINATOR 3 also contains plenty of foul language, including some “f” words and some strong profanities. Some of the violence is over the top. For instance, in one scene the two human-looking Terminators slam one another into walls and floors, but with little or no effect. In another scene, the female Terminator shockingly sticks her hands through a plainclothes policeman’s chest so that she can use her hands to take over the driving of his car. There is no reason why the filmmakers couldn’t have toned down the language and violence in these movies to get a PG-13 rating.

Furthermore, the humanist worldview in TERMINATOR 3 results in a depressing ending lacking a truly positive, uplifting tone. At the end of the first two movies, the heroes manage to defeat the evil machines. In fact, at the end of the second one, they stop the nuclear destruction of human civilization. The ending of TERMINATOR 3 is not so clear, and the characters of John Connor and Kate Brewster are not heroic and moral enough to overcome this deficiency or to satisfy the typical moviegoers desire for positive role models. Even Arnold Swarzenegger’s enjoyable mechanical swagger as the cyborg with a heart cannot overcome these plot and character problems.

Please address your comments to:

Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO

Warner Bros., Inc.

4000 Warner Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91522-0001

Phone: (818) 954-6000

Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

SUMMARY: TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES stars Arnold Swarzenegger as a cyborg sent from the future to save a young man who will become leader of a resistance movement against a sentient network of computerized machines. Despite Arnold Swarzenegger’s commanding presence and a fun first half, TERMINATOR 3 contains a depressing ending, plot holes, strong foul language, some excessive violence, and a humanist worldview lacking strong positive values.

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