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Its quite amazing to think that's it been 12 years since the last terminator film. In that time we've grown unimpressed with the CGI that so stunned us in the last film, and have even had time to create a whole new dystopian sci fi series in the form of the matrix movies. However anticipation for a new terminator movie, even one as long delayed as this, would have always been moderately high. Apart from the two previous movies being Arnie's most iconic screen portrayals to date, they were also among the best science fiction films ever created, were a masterpiece of effects for both the 80's and 90's and were a showcase for the mastery of James Cameron. To say the third movie in the series had a lot to live up to is what I'd call an understatement. So lets just begin the review by answering the question that everyone reading this wants to know, does this film even compare to the past efforts. In all honesty this is neither as violent or mean as T1, nor as emotionally character driven and plot expanding as T2, but it does contain the most impressive visual interpretation of the terminator robots ever seen on the big screen and succeeds in developing the storyline in such a way that you're hooked for the whole movie, especially when it gets to its literally explosive ending.
After supposedly believing that Judgement Day had been stopped in T2, John Connor has aged 12 years and Sarah Connor has died. Despite preventing Judgement Day from occurring, John still lives a paranoid lifestyle fearing that a nightmare future still awaits, and as a consequence lives on his own, taking cash in hand jobs and living off the gird so that he will never be traced by any other possible terminators that are sent back to kill him. Johns fears are soon to be confirmed to be true when a new terminator, The TX (a modified T 1000 with liquid metal skin, and endoskeleton with advanced weaponry underneath) is sent back to kill his lieutenants and, if possible, him too. Luckily however there is hope in the form of protection once again sent back by the resistance, this time in the form of another reprogrammed T 800 terminator, which is also now classified as obsolete. As the TX is chasing John he meets up with a past old flame, Kate Brewster, who turns out to be the daughter of the general who activates Sky net. Soon John discovers that Judgement Day was never stopped, it had only been delayed by his past efforts, and that the Sky net AI system is close to being switched on by the US Military, who hope that it will stop a virus that is weakening their defence capabilities. Now with only the T 800 to protect them, and with the TX tracking their every move, John and Kate must race to Sky nets home location to stop its activation, with only hours to go until humanity is embroiled in a nuclear war with the machines.
The film starts off with another speech about the impending apocalyptic future that awaits humanity told by John Connor. This is the first minor disappointment of the movie, anyone who has seen all of the trailers already will have already seen all the best clips from this future war sequence. It is even shorter than the one in T2, which is a crying shame because their effects capability for constructing this sequence is obviously far more developed than 12 years ago; the shot of the T 800 army shows this perfectly. Ok so maybe they couldn't have made it very different from T2's sequence, but didn't anyone think that maybe the audience would love to see the resistance capturing a terminator or breaking in to the time travel equipment at Sky net? Surely if I can come up with such intriguing never been seen ideas, these guys must have thought the same. Once we actually get in to the story itself the film tends to never slow down. Both the TX's and T 800's entrances through time are amusing, especially T 800's. Although once again neither of these entrances are as classic as the ones displayed in T1 or T2, however they are very unique compared to the two previous movies so that is an advantage. Generally the film pays respect to its origins despite having lost its major influence altogether of James Cameron. There are several lines and "cameo"
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