Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

In a Nutshell: Not quite what I was expecting, but pretty good. T2 still better.

Quick Plot: The original Judgment Day has come and gone with no end of the world in site, but the now 20-something John Conner is once again targeted for termination, this time by the lethal-as-she-is-lovely T-X, the most advanced killing machine yet. Once again, the now antiquated T-101 (that would be Arnold) is sent back to protect the future leader of the resistance.

In Detail: Warning! I have to admit that I have only seen T2, not the original, so I may be missing some important reference of some kind. I am still pondering this movie, trying to decide how much I liked it. To warn you, most of it is simply non-stop action (and virtually zero dialog). I was convinced for a while that this movie is really a Jerry Bruckheimer, but I think he demolished less stuff in Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, Con Air, and The Rock, *combined*. Once they did finally get down to philosophizing, combined with the ending, it completely changed my outlook on the film, and I haven't quite digested everything. I can say that without the twists they threw in, I would not have liked this movie nearly as much, but there's a lot to sit through to get there. I can't say any more without giving things away. It certainly does get (and more or less keep) your attention though. Could have done without the T-X driving the car from the back seat (if you've seen the movie, you know of what I speak). T2 didn't require that, so did we really need it? Ewww! Worth seeing, theater or video acceptable.

Will I Buy It? I don't think so.