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Wednesday, July 02, 2003



TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES

Starring Arnie, Claire Danes, Nick Stahl
Written by John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, Tedi Sarafian
Directed by Jonathan Mostow.
Reviewed by Mil Peliculas


Before I start trashing this movie, let me tell you that I ENJOYED IT. Okay? I did. I thought it was a lot of fun. But a funny thing happend on the way to the lobby, I saw the movie with Bolsa De Queso, and as we walked up the aisles of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, he proceeded to remind me that all the cool things in this movie were complete rip-offs of the other two Terminator movies. Alas, he was right. I had not seen either of the first two Sci-Fi classics in quite a few years, and my memory was a bit dulled.

It was like I brought some floozy home from a bar, and woke up next to her in the harsh morning light, and realized she was just my ex-girlfriend with different eyeshadow and a boob job. But hey, I had fun.

The plot? Well, like I said, it's a rehash of the first two. John Connor is now a bit older, being chased by a new Terminator, a female that is basically the same exact character as the T-1000 from T2. Claire Danes stands in as the tough chick in place of Linda Hamilton. Once again, Arnie is there to protect John Connor, although there is a slight twist there, when Arnie is reprogrammed by the "Terminatrix" to kill John, that doesn't really pay off like it could have though, James Cameron, the original brains behind the Terminator flicks, could have wrung something out of that, but these filmmakers aren't quite that skilled I'm afraid.

That aside, there are a lot of laughs, and a lot of "call backs" from the earlier films. Groaners like "I'll be back," are revisited with slight variations. There is a pretty good car-chase that super-sizes the truck chase from T2, and I thought the ending was a nice little surprise. I do have to say it's my least favorite of the three, but it did manage to entertain.

Once again, I am forced to say...You could do worse.