Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines movie.jpg
International 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
Edited by Nicolas de Toth
Neil Travis
Production
company
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 American 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. The plot follows the events of the second installment. 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. The film was moderately well received by critics and turned out to be a box office success.

Plot[edit]

John Connor has been living off-the-grid in Los Angeles in the years following the death of his mother, Sarah, from leukemia. Although Judgment Day did not occur as expected on August 29, 1997, John still believes that war between humans and Skynet will occur. Unable to locate John in the past, Skynet sends a new model of Terminator called the T-X back to July 24, 2004 to kill other members of the human 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.

The T-X was able locate Kate and then John at an animal hospital, but they escape with the help of the Terminator. The T-X commandeers a crane and several other vehicles and gives chase. After an extended chase and battle in the city, the Terminator takes John and Kate to a mausoleum where Sarah Connor is supposedly interred. Inside her vault they find a weapons cache that was left at Sarah's request in case Judgment Day was not averted. The T-X and police arrive and begin a gun battle, but John and the Terminator escape with Kate in a hearse. Following its programming, the Terminator begins driving John and Kate to Mexico to escape the fallout when Judgment Day begins. John puts a gun to his head and threatens to kill himself after learning that Judgment Day was scheduled to begin at 6:18 p.m. that day. He orders the Terminator to take him and Kate to see Kate's father, an Air Force officer who knows where Skynet is. The Terminator explains that after Cyberdyne Systems was destroyed, Skynet was taken over by the United States Air Force. The Terminator calls John's bluff but agrees to take them after Kate orders him to. Upon questioning, the Terminator reveals that Kate sent him back from the future and that he killed John in 2032.

At the Air Force base, General Brewster faces pressure from the President to activate Skynet to stop a malicious computer virus that is infecting computers all over the world. John and Kate arrive too late to stop Skynet from being activated, and the Air Force machinery begins to massacre the staff members. General Brewster is mortally wounded by the T-X, as it arrived before John, Kate and the Terminator. Before dying he gives Kate and John a code book and the location of what John believes is Skynet's system core. John and Kate head for the tarmac to take an airplane to reach Crystal Peak, a military base built into a mountain that's hardened against nuclear attack. The T-X and Terminator clash in battle, and the T-X beats him badly before taking over his system. The T-X pursues John and Kate through the military base but becomes trapped when a particle accelerator at the facility is activated and the magnetic field bonds it to the accelerator. In the hangar, the Terminator attacks John and Kate before John convinces it to reject the T-X's control which shuts it down.

John and Kate reach Crystal Peak and begin entering the access codes to gain entry when the T-X arrives by helicopter. Just as she's about to attack them, the rebooted Terminator arrives a few minutes later in a second helicopter which crashes into the T-X, ripping it in half. The T-X pulls itself from the wreckage and attempts to drag itself inside the bunker and follow John and Kate. The Terminator holds the bunker open long enough for John and Kate to lock themselves inside, then he uses his nuclear power cell to destroy both himself and the T-X as well. Once inside Crystal Peak, John and Kate discover that the facility isn't Skynet's core, but instead is a nuclear fallout shelter and that Skynet has no core. Judgment Day begins outside, as nuclear missiles are fired at several locations around the world, killing millions and they begin receiving radio transmissions on the emergency equipment inside. John assumes leadership and begins answering radio calls, as he muses in a voiceover about how he realizes now that the war with the machines could never be avoided.

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 character.[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. Boen and Schwarzenegger are the only actors to appear in all of the first three Terminator films.
  • Jay Acovone as LAPD Officer.
  • Kim Robillard as Detective Edwards: He is killed by being punched through the chest by the T-X.
  • Mark Hicks as Detective Bell: He is killed by the T-X 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] A. O. Scott of The New York Times 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]

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Film score by Marco Beltrami
Released June 24, 2003
Label Varèse Sarabande

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

  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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  12. ^ Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. (2010). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-By-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success. HarperCollins. p. 832. ISBN 978-0-06-177889-6. 
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  14. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 29, 2009). "LOL: Terminator 3 Deleted Scene Explains Why The Terminators Look Like Arnold". /Film.com. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  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. 
  22. ^ Roger Ebert (July 7, 2003). "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  23. ^ "Terminator 2: Judgment Day (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  24. ^ "Blue Man Group :: Blue Man Video". Blueman.com. July 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 

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