Monday, 25 July 2011

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Set seven years after T2, John Connor (now played by Nick Stahl as Edward Furlong was a drug addled alcoholic at this point ) lives off the radar in an effort to avoid detection by nasty computer overlords Skynet. Unfortunately, it turns out Armageddon hasn’t been prevented only postponed as Skynet decide to have a third stab at trying to destroy the future leader of the resistance.

Unable to find Connor they send a new sexy Terminator (Kristanna Loken's T-X, possibly the least scary villain in cinematic history) back in time to hunt and kill his future lieutenants. A T-850 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back once again to protect the vulnerable targets including Connor’s future wife Kate Brewster (Claire Danes).

With virtually the same plot as T2 this was a chance for the studio to print money by sticking to a tried and tested formula. Sadly, they omit the sly humour, pathos and originality that had been of the series previous entries.

Every aspect of the film feels lazy. Even Arnie looks like he is going through the motions. Perhaps he was thinking about boning his maid. In many ways, this sequel is the Real Madrid of the film world: expensively put together, and on-paper a winner, but ultimately disjointed and underperforming.

Luckily for fans of exploding helicopters the disappointment is tempered by a wonderful double chopper set piece.

Connor and Brewster flee to the Crystal Peak military base in a desperate attempt to shut down Skynet before Armageddon. They are pursued by the T-X which crashes through the hangar doors in a small police chopper which skids to halt against the wall without exploding.

The T-X emerges and is almost upon the pair until Arnie smashes through the hole in a huge transport helicopter which obliterates everything in its path including cars, equipment, the smaller chopper and the T-X.

Artistic merit

What exploding helicopter fan isn't turned on by a little helicopter on helicopter action?

Exploding helicopter innovation

Despite the frequency with which helicopters blow up in movies, it's rare that you seem detonate by crashing into one another.

Do passengers survive?

The T-X has its legs shorn off but the pesky blighter still drags itself out fighting. Arnie emerges from his wreckage with half his face missing to to give a triumphant: “I’m back.”

Favourite Quote

Terminator: “Your levity is good, it relieves tension and the fear of death.”

Interesting Fact

Perhaps one of the most interesting scenes never made the final movie and explains why all the Terminators look like Arnie. Through a promotional video Schwarzenegger plays a Texan sergeant selected as the template to which all future Terminators will be based. When his southern accent is questioned by the top brass, an Austrian scientist (with Arnie’s accent overdubbed) declares

“We can fix it”

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