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Watched Terminator 3 on DVD tonight, and was not disappointed. Of course, that's because I'd heard that it sucked.

If nothing else, we got to watch our illustrious governor wreaking havoc and causing all kinds of mayhem and destruction ... and I won't even make the obvious California state budget jokes.

Bad movie. Not only almost entirely derivative of the previous two Terminators (both of which I liked quite a bit), but also almost entirely lacking in characterization, humor, dramatic tension, interesting dialogue, and exciting special effects. Oh, and let's not forget good acting. The guy playing John Connor didn't come even remotely close to being as interesting as the young Edward Furlong in the previous movie.

The plot was actually okay, surprisingly enough, but very very badly written. The first two Terminators were written by James Cameron (he of Aliens, The Abyss, etc.) -- along with one or two co-writers -- and directed by him as well. Terminator 3, on the other hand, was written by a huddle of three fairly inexperienced writer-chefs who between them managed to quite thoroughly spoil the broth. And Terminator 3's director -- Jonathan Mostow -- is well-known for such sparkling blockbusters as Beverly Hills Bodysnatchers.

Not only all that, but Terminator 3 was -- and this is the final kiss of death -- an action movie without good action sequences. There were plenty of explosions and crashes, but it all just sort of fell flat. And the fight scenes were just plain boring, not nearly as well choreographed, executed, and edited as those on television shows like "Alias" and "Angel" (and maybe some other shows that start with "A").

I wonder how much money was put into this stinker without them even being able to manage a good fight scene.

That breeze you're feeling? It comes from me shaking my head in unsurprised disgust.



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Jan. 7th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
I thought the bit where he obtains the clothing from a male stripper was really quite funny. Or do I have the wrong Terminator movie? But on balance, yeah, it pretty much sucked. Oh well. I didnt pay to see it on the big screen, so I cant feel all that cheated.
Jan. 7th, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
The clothing bit was funny ... except that it was stolen almost directly from Terminator 2, where it was done much better (in my opinion) in a biker bar.

I don't feel cheated, either, since we got the movie from NetFlix. Sure, we could have been watching some other movie instead, but this individual DVD didn't cost us anything.

It was actually better than some of the movies we've gotten from NetFlix, in that we actually watched it all the way through.
Jan. 7th, 2004 11:53 pm (UTC)
I hated that movie. You can click on the link to read my thoughts on the entire thing. And there's pictures! Yay!

Jan. 8th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC)
I so completely agree with everything you wrote! I forgot to mention the lack of scariness, but I think that was one of the things that was really lacking. That evil terminator in T2 was scary as hell, but this woman just wasn't.

Makes me want to watch T2 again to wash out my brain.
Jan. 8th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
T2 was a really well done movie. Go watch it, lather, rinse, repeat.
Jan. 8th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
After T3, I wrote this review:
If the machines that people built ever do rise against us, it will be because we continually make such awful movies about them.
-- Stef's review of Terminator 3 and The Matrix Reloaded
Jan. 8th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
So accurate, and so much more concise!
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