Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines
Quick Take: John Connor is now in his 20`s, and a female terminator, called T-X or Terminatrix, is after him. Another T-101 is sent back through time to protect John once again on the verge of the rise of the machines.
Torifanís review: Normally I try not to give away key plot points, but in this case, I feel I must. I have been a HUGE fan of the Terminator films ever since James Cameron's brilliant original came out in 1984. T2 is one of my very favorite films ever, so I had low expectations for this movie because there is just no way it could compare to what came before. I did miss the genius of James Cameron (my favorite director), and the acting ability of Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor). In the T2 special edition out on DVD, we see Sarah Connor as an old woman, in a world that avoided Judgment Day. In this new film, though, Sarah is dead and Judgment Day is inevitable.
There are some appropriate nods to the previous films: the landing of the terminators, the famous sunglasses, one liners, and action, and the overall feel of the Terminator films was there. The plot had promise, too. John Connor (Nick Stahl) and his future wife (Claire Danes) try to stop Skynet (the machines that take over the world) just after they have gained control. Stahl is fine as John, the leader of the resistance and the hero for all of mankind. I'm a big Claire Danes fan, and she was actually better than expected in this role. I thought she might turn out to be a Winona Ryder-in-Alien 4 type, but she was good in her role. Arnold, of course, was Arnold. Nothing terribly new there.
The new Terminatrix was an amalgam of previous terminators, and was interesting but not the formidable enemy of Robert Patrick's T1000 in T2. I was most surprised by the ending, which, instead of having our heroes win, has them accept defeat, and along with it, their destiny, which is to lead the resistance and save mankind in the future, not now. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this film. Of course, I'm a Terminator fanatic. Maybe it helps to go in with lowered expectations?