Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

A time traveling cyborg must protect two resistance leaders from a more lethal version of itself.
United States
Germany
United Kingdom
2003
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Robot Film
Doppelganger Film
Government: 
Army
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Crash
Explosion
Extinction
Famine
Fire
Infestation
Paradox
War
Dimensional: 
Time Traveler
Fluids: 
Liquid Metal
Robot: 
Android
Artificial Intelligence
7.04
Upgraded… and feminine!
8
7.04
8
8
3
4
2
Effects
Pace
Performances
For the third time, humans and robots fight for the future of two or three species. The original movie was downright horror; the second one action. This one picks the science-fiction route. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as a new cyborg with a virgin memory and is therefore unaffected by T1 or T2. Edward Furlong was replaced by a dormant Nick Stahl and Linda Hamilton’s character is dead.
This franchise used to deliver good scripts despite its paradoxical premise, but the makers of Part 3 can’t juggle with layering and dosage. Some scenes are too long, the pacing is disproportionate and the dialogue is oversimplified. The core story is satisfying. We finally get to see the sequence of events that triggered Skynet's attack and the reason this franchise exists in the first place.
The new villain, the Terminatrix, is an upgraded version of Robert Patrick’s liquid metal cyborg. Her design is somewhat underexploited, though, like most characters here. Schwarzenegger’s person is coldly written, even for a robot, and is sometimes reduced to a parody. You get plenty of memorable effects and chases, but a weak narrative that can’t stitch them together seamlessly.
Alternate Titles: 
T3
Terminator 3
T3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator Part 3
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