"You are terminated."
Terminator 3 found itself gathering a plethora of haters - even before the movie was first released.
Many disliked the concept of a Terminator film without James Cameron - the mastermind behind the first two movies. Of course Jonathan Mostow is no-where near as good as James Cameron, but he's not as bad as some might be expecting.
In this third instalment of the Terminator series we find John Connor (Stahl) who is now in his early 20s. Due to the threat of Judgment Day and the thought of being hunted by another terminator, John now lives off the grid. No home address, not staying in one city for very long, and always on the move.
Because John cannot be located, the machines in the future send a female terminator - called a Terminatrix (Loken) - back in time to eliminate some of John's fellow comrades who are in a position of power in the future war. But as usual, the humans also send a cyborg back in time in the form of Schwarzenegger.
Because this is a modern Terminator film, one cannot still expect old school effects to appear. Instead of the usual puppets and animatronics, the filmmakers have turned to heavy CGI. Sure there are some old school effects present, but there is an obvious overuse of CGI that killed the unique original atmosphere of the first two movies.
Schwarzenegger, as always, is the definitive Terminator figure. Even at age 60, the man can still look like a machine. At least he was a little more brutal than the corny, more humane cyborg that Cameron decided to use in the second movie.
Nick Stahl was a complete surprise for me. Ed Furlong made an impressive John Connor in the second movie, but Stahl pulls of the role extremely well in my opinion.
Claire Danes, playing a new character, wasn't too bad. She was a decent character, but far too much stereotyped girl antics for my liking (i.e. constant screaming, refusing to listen, etc).
The screenplay is quite decently written, and there are a number of good one-liners. Granted some corny dialogue remains, but nothing's perfect I guess.
Terminator 3 updated the style to suit a 21st Century audience, and it's still a Terminator movie, but the film is the weakest yet and can't match up to Cameron's superb efforts. Followed by yet another sequel.