Day 29. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Directed by Jonathan Mostow.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) score: 63%

As camp and tonally family-friendly as this Terminator entry is, it isn’t as cack as Terminator Salvation or Genisys. It’s at least mildly enjoyable, even slightly funny, though on its path to comedy it’s nauseatingly self-aware on occasion. This would, understandably, cause many people to give the film less than the 63% I’ve given it, because a third entry in a franchise is quite early on to enter that sort of territory.

But I find the action exciting, if a little effects-laden, and the film is comfortable in its own skin, which is another quality that Salvations and Genisys didn’t possess.


3 thoughts on “Day 29. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Directed by Jonathan Mostow.

  1. Good review Matt. I’ve always enjoyed the third Terminator film and felt it got unfairly knocked. I liked the bit where the army general is agonising over whether to give Skynet temporary control of the system, then when he does, immediately stuff starts blowing up, terminators are running around and shit goes pear-shaped. The Terminator movies followed a similar path to the Alien series with a perfect, minimal first film, followed by an explody sequel. Then Alien 3 doubled down on the bleakness while T3 went self referential and light (apart from the whole nuclear apocalypse thing). Alien 4, T4 both pretty bad. Prometheus was alright, if a bit all over the place and overcomplicated (did we watch it together?) while Genisys was a ludicrously convoluted abomination.

    I’m enjoying your reviews. Can you do Alien 3? Preferably the director’s cut if you can get it.


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