ByNathan Archer, writer at

Today I watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (T3) for the first time as I have been watching the franchise in order (finishing with Terminator: Salvation which is apparently awful). T3 is the third film in the terminator franchise which revolves around a dystopian future where humans and cyborgs are at war with each other, so to stop the human rebellion a cyborg (The Terminator) is sent into the past to kill the mother of the leader of the human rebellion; this failed so another more advanced terminator was sent back to kill John Connor as a teenager which also failed. This time, a newer more advanced terminator (the T-X) is sent back in time to kill John Connor at the age of 22 and his future lieutenants and another T-101 is sent back to protect them; while evading the T-X, John Connor tries to stop Judgement Day from occurring. T3 is directed by Jonathan Mostow and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes and Kristanna Loken.

There are a few positives to this film, which include: the acting is ok, good story progression, cool action and good CGI. To expand, the acting in this film is serviceable (not bad but not great) with a few exceptions like Arnie who plays the same character just as well as he has before; the other exception is Nick Stahl as I really like his interpretation of John Connor. Like in all the films the action is great and really fun to watch, as time has passed since the previous films the CGI is much better than it was then. There are also a couple negatives to the film which are that the story is simple and I wasn't attached to the characters; the plot to this film is quite weak and very basic, which means that the film is mostly action scene followed by action scene.

Overall I did enjoy T3 however not as much as the other two, for this reason and the others I have mentioned I rate this film:



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