Premise:Yet another robotic killer is sent to kill people who are destined to fight machines in the future.
Cast:Nick Stahl as John Connor, Claire Danes as Kate Brewster, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, Kristanna Loken as the T-X, David Andrews as Robert Brewster
MPAA Rating:R for strong sci-fi violence and action, and for language and brief nudity
Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.
Pros:Schwarzenegger's character. Decent ending.
Cons:Bland acting and characters. Rehashes the plot of the first two movies. Mediocre villain. Contradicts what was set up in the last movie.
You know the drill:In the future, the machines take over while John Connor and his human army fight back. So Skynet, the big computer program in charge, sends a specialized assassin to the past to kill someone who will be important to the resistance. We've been through this before.
As you can see, the plot doesn't cover much new ground. If you've seen the first two movies, you've already got a basic idea of how most of it will turn out.
Like the second movie, one of the worst points is the protagonists. There's really nothing special or much that's new or interesting about them, and the acting doesn't help. The new villain (the T-X) isn't too spectacular either. She has some interesting and useful powers, but she doesn't use them enough to be satisfying. However, this time I actually liked the good guy T-800. There were several times he made me laugh, and the tough guy nature worked for him.
Finally, this is where questions about time travel and destiny become even more muddled. The first movie established that the future will happen, no question. The second one said "No fate but what we make for ourselves". Then this movie comes along to say "No, you had it right the first time." Probably best not to think about it too hard.
Overall, there's not much here to make it worth sitting through.
Sex:Once again, time-travelling means nudity. The travelers' butts are on full display but genitals are keep out of the frame. And this time, one of the visitors is female (her hair covers her boobs). The muscular male traveler enters a strip club full of woman in skimpy or revealing outfits (they aren't the strippers) and realizes the still-clothed performer on stage is his size. When he barks at the guy to take off his clothes, he's told to be patient. He manages to get his way pretty quickly.
The new Terminator is sexualized (of course she is). She makes her breasts bigger after she sees a lingerie billboard. When fighting with the T-800, she grabs his crotch. An engaged couple is shown sharing a bed. Kate, who will later become John Connor's wife, is captured to be protected from the T-X. She points out she has a fiancée who will be searching for her. The guardian Terminator wonders why John isn't interested in Kate ("She's a healthy female of breeding age"). A couple reminisces on making out when they were teens. It's mentioned a guy took drugs used to chemically neuter dogs.
Violence:Things blow up, people (including a teenager) get shot, vehicles speed and crash, cyborgs perform self-repairs on their damaged flesh, visions of a war-torn future are shown, pretty much what you'd expect from another Terminator movie. However, the collateral damage has increased.
Glass must not be popular among Terminators, because they destroy a lot of it. Buildings get wrecked as well. Time travel bubbles create fires. The T-X puts her hand through a guy's gut, uses energy weapons and flamethrowers, uses a buzz saw on someone (offscreen), and licks blood samples to test DNA. Human-looking faces melt.
A guy is locked in a cage. It's mentioned a woman died of leukemia. Tear gas is shot into a building. A man is lifted by the throat. People tend to be thrown around and manhandled by Terminators. A robotic (and very human-like) head is left hanging by wires. A truck is beaten into scrap.
Skynet destroys the planet by sending nukes everywhere.
Drugs/Alcohol:Once again, there's one scene in a bar. Partying teens try to hide their beer. Drugs are stolen from a vet clinic, though not for the reasons you might think. There's a beer billboard in the background once, as well as a Xenadrine truck.
Language/Insults:You'll hear "G*d", "bas**rd", "sh*t", "b**ch", "h*ll", "J*sus", "Chr*st", "a**", "d**k", and "g*dd*mn".
Spiritual:Just angel statues and a mention of prayer.
So what did you think? Was it a letdown, or actually pretty good?
© 2015 by M.R.R.