Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) – Movie Review

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) – Movie Review


Terminator 3: The film that confirms a naked
Arnold Schwarzenegger approaching random people will never not be entertaining. Hey everybody, welcome to Mainely Movies. Today Iím gonna be talking about the 2003
sci-fi action sequel: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. If youíre new here, please consider subscribing
for a variety of movie-related content like reviews, ranked lists, and trailer reactions. All of my reviews include a breakdown of the
pros and cons, my rating, and some tailored film recommendations, so be sure to watch
through to the end of this video for all of that extra content. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines stars Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, and Claire Danes and was directed by Jonathan Mostow. More than a decade after John Connor prevented
Judgement Day, a new Terminator is sent back in time to complete the mission that had twice
failed and John, played by Nick Stahl, must once again work with a protector from the
future to prevent the rise of Skynet. Iím not one to hate on sequels just for their
mere existence. They can be a tricky thing and thereís always
that balance between advancing the story and doing it to capitalize on the monetary success
of a franchise. When these two things are equally balanced,
people donít typically have a problem with a sequel. Itís when things start to tip towards the
money side that people start throwing around phrases like ìcashgrabî and ìunnecessary
sequelî. As much as I like to see original content,
I really donít have a problem with sequels as long as they further the story in a way
that tracks with the previous film. Unfortunately, with Terminator 3, thatís
just not the case. I really donít like to use the phrase ìunnecessary
sequelî in my reviews cause, for the most part, I think all films have some merit. And deeming something as unnecessary feels
a little reductive. But, I gotta say, Terminator 3 is about as
close as it gets to an ìunnecessary sequelî for me. I donít hate it, I donít think itís the
worst movie ever made ñ I just donít think it contributes to the story. The first two Terminator movies are really
a package deal. Theyíre enjoyable separately, but together
form a cohesive and complete story. Iím certainly not advocating for all movies
to end with some sort of cliffhanger in the hope that theyíll make a sequel, but some
movies inherently have a bit of openness to their endings. Terminator 2 was not one of those movies. So, that really starts this third movie off
on a bad foot. As interesting as it is to see an older John
Connor, the whole story just feels tacked on. The whole time-travel integration thing that
was so fluid and well-thought out in the first two movies, feels very clunky here. Rather than using moments or things that were
hinted at in the earlier films, Terminator 3 just takes entirely new ideas and characters
and slaps them onto the existing story, claiming that they were things that happened during
the previous films or maybe right before them and we just didnít know about it. I get that it was their way to craft a continuation
of a completed story, but the clunky and obvious retconning just sticks out like a sore thumb
and frequently pulls me out of the story. In addition to changing up the story, the
style of Terminator 3 is incredibly different from its two predecessors. Probably the biggest reason for that is the
fact that this was the first Terminator movie that didnít have James Cameron sitting in
the directorís chair. The twelve year time gap between T2 and T3
certainly contributed to this change as well. This movie lacks the grit that the first two
movies had. The first Terminator was definitely a darker
film and could be classified as a gritty movie, but even T2 had that quality to it. Whether it was the film grain or the type
of practical effects or whatever, it still had that sweaty, grimy action movie feel to
it. Terminator 3 just looks so glossy. It was shot on film, but it has that polished
digital look to it. The CGIís very prevalent, but itís decent
with the exception of an incredibly clunky-looking fight between the T-800 and the T-X. Iíll admit that I remembered this movie being
worse than it actually is. Iím not saying that I like it and itís not
even close to the level of T1 and T2. Is a disappointing follow-up? For sure. An unnecessary follow-up? Yeah. An obvious set-up for more sequels? Definitely. But, itís not the cinematic catastrophe itís
been painted as over the last decade and a half. Alright, letís talk about the pros and cons. The only real pro of this movie is Arnold
Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. This is his third time as this character and
his second time portraying the protector role. I would argue that the Terminator is Schwarzeneggerís
ideal character and, at this point in the franchise, he had the role down. Despite being a new T-800, he expands on the
character development and themes from Terminator 2. Thereís still a lot of literal and situational
humor, but this movie touches on the idea of terminator humanity again. On the con side, the biggest issue is that
this film is unnecessary. Again, I donít like using the term ìunnecessary
sequelî, but this movie really doesnít contribute anything storywise. The second film wrapped the story up in a
satisfying way, so everything about this one just feels clumsily tacked on. Given what we know from the first two movies,
large chunks of this film just donít make sense within the construct of the Terminator
franchise. The story closure provided by T2 required
this movie to take a different approach, but the retconning (poorly explained by an alternate
timeline theory) just wasnít the right way to approach it. The second con is the lack of chemistry between
the characters. Everybodyís interactions just feel so stilted. John and Kate are predictably presented as
an eventual romantic pairing, but thereís no palpable connection between them, which
makes it hard to get on board with. Perhaps most disappointingly though, is the
lack of chemistry between John and the T-800. That relationship was one of the most important
aspects of T2 and it feels very awkward here. I donít know if it was cause of the script
or Nick Stahlís performance, but John Connor just feels off. He doesnít feel like the grown-up version
of the character we got to know in the previous film and I kinda wish they had just recast
Edward Furlong in the role. Iím gonna give Terminator 3: Rise of the
Machines 2 out of 5 paws. If this were just its own thing, I probably
wouldíve given it a 2.5 as a serviceable, but quite generic 2000s sci-fi action movie. But cause itís part of the larger franchise
and really contributes nothing new to the story, Iíve gotta go a little bit lower. I would recommend Terminator 3: Rise of the
Machines really only to diehard fans of the Terminator franchise. Itís not a movie that anybody needs to see
if they liked the first two movies, but if youíre really into the franchise, itíll
have some things that youíll like. Fans of glossy sci-fi action movies from the
early 2000s might also enjoy it for its moments of nostalgic cheesiness. If you liked Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,
I would recommend both The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. These two movies really craft the story of
John Connor and the terminator world in a way thatís far superior to this film. If you like the judgement day premise of this
movie, you should check out WarGames for another film about the self-induced end of the world. And if you want another slick and glossy early
2000s movie about an artificial intelligence uprising, Iíd recommend I, Robot. Alright, a couple questions for you guys. Number one: Have you seen Terminator 3: Rise
of the Machines? If so, whatíd you think of it? And number two: What sequel do you think most
egregiously negates or deviates from the ending of its predecessor? Be sure to leave your answers in the comments
below so we can get a discussion going. Alright, so if you got some enjoyment, insight,
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4 thoughts on “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) – Movie Review

  1. Your intro points out one of the greatest point in the movie. Great analysis. Sadly, this one kinda killed my want to check out more Terminator movies😅

  2. Hi Alyssa, hi everyone, wow Alyssa I love your honesty, brutal but true, I'm just back from watching Midway, I wanted to watch the new terminator, but it wasn't my turn to choose a movie, and besides, they'd already seen it , I missed it because of a dentist appointment, but anyway I agree there's no need for this movie, but saying that, I was fun to watch, the female terminator was brutal, she virtually won this movie, she uploaded the virus, reprogrammed, the other terminator, although the machine fought that, and she ended the world by , having all the nukes going off, there will be people, who haven't seen the first two, because of all the years that passed since T2 , I wonder was it a success at the movies, I would give it 3 paws just for the action alone. Robocop 3 , they dident use the same actor for robocop .

  3. I really enjoyed T3 I saw it in theaters when I was younger. The only thing that was missing was Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong. It would’ve made the plot more conceivable.

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