TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003 U.S. GERMANY) D: JONATHAN MOSTOW W: JOHN D. BRANCATO/MICHAEL FERRIS/TEDI SARAFIAN P: MATTHIAS DEYLE/HAL LIEBERMAN/JOEL B. MICHAELS/ANDREW G. VAJNA/COLIN WILSON
An adult John Connor (Nick Stahl) and Vetrenerian Claire Danes are pursued by an advanced female Terminatrix (Kristanna Loken) in this $170 million sequel. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as a different "good" Terminator sent back to help them survive the impending, inevitable judgement day. Parts of this entry look awesome and the many destructive chase scenes are worth seeing on a big screen, but it does lose an edge by having too much comedy and playing around with sci-fi rules laid down in previous entries. With Christopher Lawford, Jay Acovone, M.C. Gainey, Chris Hardwick and Stan Winston make-up and animatronix. Before the lamentable fourth movie came the TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES tv series.

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