Sunday, December 2, 2018

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Movie Name: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Year of Release: 2003
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews, Mark Famiglietti, Earl Boen, Moira Sinise, Christopher Lawford, Chopper Bernet
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
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Synopsis and Review:
Jonathan Mostow made a name for himself with "Breakdown", which turned out to be an unpretentious and successful film in its own right. "Terminator 3" is of course the sequel to the highly successful "Terminator 2", which director James Cameron tackled and was released in 1991. This time around, the story focuses on John Connor who is a young adult, and who has been living off grid ever since the occurrences from the second film. All of this changes when two terminators arrive. One is of course, intent on destroying him, and his generals, and the other one, is the more archaic and familiar, T-1000, who saved John as a child. In the process, John and the T-1000, capture Kate Brewster, whom John quickly learns is bound to become his wife in the future. It's up to the three of them to prevent the destructive power of the new terminator, and prevent Skynet from nearly destroying all human life.
Jonathan Mostow smartly decided to tackle this property from the perspective of a slick B-Movie. This means he has managed to deftly capture the main characters, and quickly define the cat and mouse game that drives most of the film. "Terminator 3" doesn't have the ambition and scope of the previous two entries in the series, but manages to poke fun at itself, with a lot of humor and just enough heart to make it entertaining. The film does borderline at times on self mockery, but pulls back just in time, making it an enjoyable feature that is as easily watchable as is forgettable. The cast is adequate, with Claire Danes bringing her intensity to a role that is somewhat underwritten. The cinematography from Don Burgess is great, as is the impeccable editing by Neil Travis and Nicolas de Toth (those chase sequences are impeccable). A fun film worth watching.