3, Rise of the Machines, Dir: Jonathon Mostow - Cert: 12A
3 starts with a bang, a very large nuclear bang
and goes down hill
like the temperatures of a nuclear winter.
Set 10 years after the events of T2, John Connor (Nick Stahl) is living
Off Grid which basically equates to drifting from A to B without
any trappings of the modern life. No bank account, no mobile phone, no
permanent residence a hippy with weapons skills no less, who is
trying to ignore his own past and feared future. This nomadic lifestyle
is brought to an abrupt end by an encounter with Bambi, OK so perhaps
not THE Bambi but certainly a close relative, the need for medication
without questions and the arrival of a T-X Terminator (Kristanna Loken)
with a hit list of twenty-somethings.
Four deaths and fifteen minutes into the film, the Austrian Oak makes
his first appearance and the first incongruity appears a Terminator
with Love Handles? Following a humorous interlude where he
gets clothed & acquires a vehicle, the mayhem continues to unfold
with the typical Terminator franchise mannerisms, i.e. guns, cars, explosions,
guns, weak humour and did I mention guns?
This then is the routine for the remaining 70 odd minutes, albeit with
the odd pause for breath. If you have seen either, or even both, of the
previous films there will be nothing new here. OK, so the effects are
way improved from the first film and even slightly better than the second,
however the plot is basically the same and it is starting to wear so thin
with age that the holes are gaping like those in a moth eaten jumper.
At 45 minutes shorter than 'The Hulk' with which it is vying to be one
of the summers action blockbusters, T3 seems so much longer.
Perhaps there is a Hollywood Rule of Thirds to explain it? Jurassic Park
3, Alien 3 and now Terminator 3, good, even unique, original ideas done
to death. Heres hoping that Matrix 3 and X-Men 3 dont follow
T3s lead. 3/10.