109 Min | Action – Sci-Fi – Thriller | August 2003
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Review: ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ deals with another robot sent in the past to make the future better. It’s a concept that should‘ve been applied when they began working on this third installment. The film had a lot to surpass and following in James Cameron’s footsteps is not an easy task to do. Fortunately, Jonathan Mostow does a good job recreating the mood of the previous two films. Unfortunately, the problem lies in the structure of the film. What could’ve been one of the most important films out of the three made so far (so far, considering ‘he’ might be back) is instead what seems to be the weakest one of all, too short and not developped enough.
As said before, while Mostow succeeded in giving this film a bit of a James Cameron vibe, the foundation on which the it was built is somewhat weak. Visually, it’s close to Cameron’s Terminators but on paper, it’s a different story, literally. The writing gives the impression of a story thrown together for a quick cash-in at the box-office. Disappointing considering it was written by the same people who brought us the Hitchcock-esque ‘The Game’. ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ suffers from bad structure and therfore is really more like a film cut in two parts. If the second half really gives us an insight of that the future holds for the characters, the first is filled with too much action and comedic relief. Terminator was always more than just an action film, it had a story that kept the other movies of the franchise balanced.
Would’ve ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’, been a better movie with James Cameron on board probably. James Cameron, besides being a good director, knew the characters like no one else. For sure, the film would have been shot based on a better structure and filmed more evenly. As mentionned earlier, the movie is about going into the past to make the future better. That’s something they should’ve paid more attention to, taking more notice of the franchise past to make a better future or in this case, delivering a better present. In the end, Terminator falls into the stereotype of all the other action films it follows. Not the type of movie that really drives you to watch the first two if you’re new to the franchise.