Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonathan Mostow
Produced by Mario Kassar
Hal Lieberman
Joel B. Michaels
Andrew G. Vajna
Colin Wilson
Screenplay by John Brancato and Michael Ferris
Story by John Brancato
Michael Ferris
Tedi Sarafian
Based on Characters 
by James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nick Stahl
Claire Danes
Kristanna Loken
Music by Marco Beltrami
Brad Fiedel
(themes)
Cinematography Don Burgess
Editing by Nicolas de Toth
Neil Travis
Studio IMF Internationale Medien und Film[1]
C2 Pictures[1]
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
(United States)
Columbia Pictures
(International)
Release dates
  • July 2, 2003 (2003-07-02)
Running time 109 minutes[2]
Language English
Budget $200 million[2]
Box office $433,371,112

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (commonly abbreviated as T3) is a 2003 science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes and Kristanna Loken. It is the third installment of the Terminator series, following Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the first to not involve franchise creator James Cameron, who directed and wrote the two first installments.

After Skynet fails to kill Sarah Connor before her son is born and to kill John himself as a child, it sends back another Terminator, the T-X, in an attempt to wipe out as many Resistance officers as possible. This includes John's future wife, but not John himself as his whereabouts are unknown to Skynet. John's life is placed in danger when the T-X accidentally finds him.

Plot[edit]

For nine years, John Connor has been living off-the-grid in Los Angeles following the death of his mother, Sarah, to leukemia. Although Judgment Day did not occur on August 29, 1997, John does not believe the expected war between humans and Skynet has been averted. Unable to locate John in the past, Skynet sends a new model of Terminator, the T-X, to July 24, 2004 to kill John's future lieutenants in the Resistance. More advanced than previous Terminators, the T-X has an endoskeleton with built-in weaponry, a liquid metal exterior similar to the T-1000, and the ability to control other machines. Unlike previously seen Terminators, its standard appearance is female. The Resistance sends a reprogrammed T-850 model 101 Terminator back in time to protect the T-X's targets, including Kate Brewster and John.

When the T-X locates John and Kate at an animal hospital and they escape on a truck, she gives chase by controlling several vehicles and steals a crane truck. The Terminator steals a police motorcycle and goes after them. After a battle in the city streets involving John, the Terminator, the T-X, and the controlled vehicles, the Terminator and the two humans visit Sarah's mausoleum. Inside the vault they find a weapons cache left by Sarah's compatriots as backup in case Judgment Day was not averted. The T-X and police arrive and begin a gun battle, but John, Kate, and the Terminator steal a hearse and escape; they later steal an RV. The Terminator has been programmed to take John and Kate to a safe location so that they may survive Judgment Day, set to occur at 6:18 p.m. ET, but John instead wants to avert Skynet from ever being activated. The Terminator reveals that in the future, John and Kate were married, and that Kate had reprogrammed him and sent him back after the T-850 had successfully assassinated John in 2032.

After the destruction of Cyberdyne Systems in 1995, the United States Air Force purchased the company and took over the Skynet project, now headed by Kate's father, Lieutenant General Robert Brewster (David Andrews). However, John and Kate arrive too late to stop him from activating Skynet in an attempt to thwart the spread of a powerful computer virus in their systems (unaware the virus actually is Skynet, trying to take over the global computer network). Skynet assumes control of the military's defense network just as the T-X arrives, using various weapons systems to try and eliminate John and Kate. John asks the dying General, who has been shot by the T-X, for the location of Skynet's system core, hoping to stop Judgment Day, and is instructed to go to Crystal Peak, a military base built into the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Before John and Kate can escape by plane, the T-X takes control of the Terminator, which in turn attacks them. The Terminator is able to override its programming and shut itself down before it can kill John. As John and Kate attempt to enter Crystal Peak, the T-X arrives by helicopter and attacks them. The rebooted Terminator also arrives, crashing its own helicopter into it. Even with its legs severed, the T-X continues to pursue John and Kate, though the Terminator traps it and itself under a blast door and detonates its last remaining hydrogen fuel cell in the T-X's mouth, destroying them both. John and Kate discover that Crystal Peak does not house Skynet's core, but is rather a Cold War-era fallout shelter for high-ranking government officials. General Brewster sent them there to protect them from the impending nuclear holocaust initiated by Skynet. Skynet in fact does not have a core, but instead exists as a software in cyberspace, running on computers all over the world, making it effectively impossible to shut down. It begins a series of nuclear attacks on various cities, commencing Judgment Day. Soon after the attacks, the equipment at Crystal Peak picks up transmissions from amateur radio operators and Montana's civil defense, to which John responds, assuming leadership as the war begins.

Cast[edit]

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator: Reprising his role from the first two films. This film was Schwarzenegger's final starring role before becoming Governor of California until his 2013 film The Last Stand.
  • Nick Stahl as John Connor: Edward Furlong, who played John in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, reportedly was not asked to reprise his role in T3 due to a substance abuse problem. In a 2004 interview, he responded, "I don't know [what happened]. It just wasn't the time. I was going through my own thing at the point in my life – whatever, it just wasn't meant to be".[3]
  • Claire Danes as Kate Brewster: In a 2005 interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Danes revealed she was cast in the role as a last-minute replacement after producers felt that actress Sophia Bush was too young to portray the characters.[4]
  • Kristanna Loken as T-X: the first on-screen female Terminator.
  • David Andrews as Lieutenant General Robert Brewster, USAF
  • Mark Famiglietti as Scott Mason: Kate Brewster's slain fiancé was originally named Scott Peterson, but was changed in order to avoid association with the Scott Peterson case surrounding the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn son Conner.[5] In the ending credits his name is still listed as "Scott Peterson".
  • Earl Boen as Dr. Peter Silberman: Reprising his role from the first two films. Boen appears for one scene, attempting to comfort Claire Danes' character after she witnesses the acts of the Terminator. Prior to Terminator Salvation, Boen was the only actor to appear in all Terminator films, aside from Schwarzenegger.
  • Jay Acovone as LAPD Officer.
  • Kim Robillard as Detective Edwards: He is killed by being punched through the chest by the TX.
  • Mark Hicks as Detective Bell: He is killed by the TX along with Detective Edwards, in the dialogue he is identified correctly, but in the credits his name is listed as "Detective Martinez".

Linda Hamilton was approached to reprise her role as Sarah Connor, but turned the offer down. She explained, "They offered me a part. I read it and I knew my character arc was so complete in the first two, and in the third one it was a negligible character. She died halfway through and there was no time to mourn her. It was kind of disposable, so I said no thank you."[6]

Production[edit]

James Cameron announced T3 many times during the 1990s, but without coming out with any finished script. Tedi Sarafian wrote an early draft, and eventually earned a shared "story by" credit with screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, who wrote the screenplay.

The studios had long wanted to make a sequel to the Terminator films. However, they were unsure whether Arnold Schwarzenegger would appear in it. Schwarzenegger initially refused to star in Terminator 3 because Cameron, who created the character and helmed the first two films, would not be directing the third installment. Schwarzenegger tried to persuade Cameron to produce the third film. Cameron declined, however, as he felt that he had already finished telling the story upon the conclusion of T2. But feeling that the Terminator character was as much Schwarzenegger's as it was his own, he advised Schwarzenegger to just do the third film and ask for "nothing less than $30 million."[citation needed]

The film's production budget was initially set at $169–170 million,[7][8] making it the most expensive film ever to be greenlit at the time.[9][10] Budget statements for the film put the final cost at $187.3 million (or $167.3 million excluding the production overhead).[11][12] Schwarzenegger received a salary of $29.25 million, plus 20 percent of the profits,[11] although he agreed to defer part of his salary in order to prevent the relocation of the set to Vancouver, British Columbia, from Los Angeles.[13]

Additional scene[edit]

A scene filmed during production gives a possible explanation as to why one particular model of Terminators all look like Schwarzenegger: a character named Chief Master Sergeant William Candy (played by Schwarzenegger) explains in a Cyber Research Systems (CRS) promotional video that he was chosen to be the model for the Terminator project. Schwarzenegger's character has a Southern accent; when one of the politicians questions the appropriateness of Candy's Southern accent for the Terminator's voice, another scientist replies, "We can fix it" in Schwarzenegger's (overdubbed) voice. The scene was added as a bonus feature on the film's DVD.[14]

Marketing[edit]

Several computer and video games were based on the film. An action game called Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was released by Atari for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Game Boy Advance. The game was poorly reviewed, with a 39% average on GameRankings for the PS2 version.[15] A first-person shooter titled Terminator 3: War of the Machines was released for PCs as well.[16] A third game, titled Terminator 3: The Redemption, was released for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo GameCube.[17]

Reception[edit]

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines received generally positive reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 70% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 200 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Although T3 never reaches the heights of the second movie, it is a welcome addition to the Terminator franchise."[18] Shortly after the film's release, James Cameron described the film as "in one word: great",[19] but after the release of the fourth film Terminator Salvation, Cameron stated he felt his first two films were better than either of the later films.[20] In The New York Times A. O. Scott said the film "is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious".[21] Roger Ebert gave the film two-and-a-half stars, remarking, "Essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue."[22]

The film earned a worldwide gross of $433 million,[2] 17% less than its predecessor's worldwide gross of $519.8 million,[23] not adjusting for inflation.

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack was released by Varèse Sarabande on June 24, 2003:

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Film score by Marco Beltrami
Released June 24, 2003
Label Varèse Sarabande
  1. "A Day in the Life"
  2. "Hooked on Multiphonics"
  3. "Blonde Behind the Wheel"
  4. "JC Theme"
  5. "Starting T-1"
  6. "Hearse Rent a Car"
  7. "T-X's Hot Tail"
  8. "Graveyard Shootout"
  9. "More Deep Thoughts"
  10. "Dual Terminator"
  11. "Kicked in the Can"
  12. "Magnetic Personality"
  13. "Termina-Tricks"
  14. "Flying Lessons"
  15. "What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?"
  16. "Terminator Tangle"
  17. "Radio"
  18. "T3"
  19. "The Terminator" (from the motion picture The Terminator, composed by Brad Fiedel)
  20. "Open to Me" performed by Dillon Dixon.
  21. "I Told You" performed by Mia Julia.

Songs that are not included on the soundtrack album:

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". GameRankings. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  16. ^ "Terminator 3: War of the Machines". GameRankings. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  17. ^ "Terminator 3: Redemption". GameRankings. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
  18. ^ "Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 01 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "James Cameron's Opinion of T3: Great". CountingDown.com. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  20. ^ James Cameron Says His "Terminator" Films are Better
  21. ^ Scott, A. O. (July 1, 2003). "Film Review; A Monotonic Cyborg Learns To Say 'Pantsuit'". The New York Times. 
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