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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

In this third Terminator film, I am pleased to say we have a film which pretends to be nothing more than it is - a film with great action, exciting chases, and a story you are happy to follow.

The action sequences are wonderful and the constant argument of free will versus destiny will keep you involved all the way to the end.  The story begins by showing a now mature John Connor living “off the radar” and taking work where he can find it paying cash, living on the road and the street as well as using drugs to escape the future he has been told he was born into.

Nick Stahl of In the Bedroom plays the role of hero John Connor and does a pretty good job here.  As expected Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the cyborg sent back in time to save Connor and this time has a great set of one liners to use.  Missing is Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, but I guess death is inevatible even in movie life.

New here is Claire Danes of The Hours stars as Connor's love interest Kate Brewster.  This has to be the most interesting mismatch in film in a LONG time, but it really works well.  There is a subtle beauty and yet power that lies just under the surface - interesting character of T4.

Reprising his role is Earl Boen reprising as psychiatrist Dr. Peter Silberman and in fact he has one of the funniest scenes in the film and in of all places it occurs in a cemetary.

Most interesting though is former model Kristanna Loken, who plays advanced cyborg T-X sent to destroy Connor and his future followers.  This mix of sexual form and beauty combined with a killer look and I do mean KILLER add a new demintion to the cyborg characters.

The real story is that of Connor, so tired of trying to avoid and yet be prepared for his destiny.  Always looking for signs of the machine age, always knowing he had avoided it or simply delayed it.  Not knowing if his free will has guided him or if the hand of fate was in in control.  How much was coincidence and how much is will.  This torment is played well both vocally and physically by Stahl.

The end was truly well done and in fact I never saw it coming; rare for me today as most films are too formula.  The saga will continue and I look forward to seeing the machines take over and eventually be beaten by those they sought to exterminate.

 
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