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Terminator 3: Rise of the machines

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Movie propaganda

The machines will rise.

A decade has passed since John Connor (Nick Stahl) helped prevent Judgement Day and save mankind from mass destruction. Now 25, Connor lives "off the grid" - no home, no credit cards, no cell phone and no job. No record of his existence. No way he can be traced by Skynet - the highly developed network of machines that once tried to kill him and wage war on humanity.

Until... out of the shadows of the future steps the T-X (Kristanna Loken), Skynet's most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, this machine is as relentless as her human guise is beautiful. Now Connor's only hope for survival is the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), his mysterious former assassin. Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgement Day... or face the apocalypse and the fall of civilisation as we know it.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film action science fiction disaster sequel robot nuclear apocalypse

Persons of interest

  • Nick Stahl .... John Connor
  • Kristanna Loken .... T-X unit terminator
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger .... T-800 unit terminator
  • Claire Danes .... Kate Miller
  • Mark Hicks .... Detective Martinez
  • James Cameron .... Creator
  • John D Brancato .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Ferris .... Screenwriter
  • Tedi Sarafian .... Screenwriter
  • Jonathan Mostow .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

More of a prequel than a sequel, Terminator 3: Rise of the machines spends more time explaining what happened than shooting at and blowing things up.

How can you make a movie without blowing lots of things up? Why else would you make a movie?

Nick Stahl is a good version of grown-up Edward Furlong. His John Connor also has the right amount of unhappiness at everything that's going on. He thought that the worst time of his life was over, only to find that it's just begun. Good drama. Arnold Schwarzenegger tries hard to recapture the fearsome inevitability of the first two terminators but is just a bit too long in the tooth to pull it off. He's still funny, but.

Terminator 3: Rise of the machines is like The Matrix reloaded: you don't need to see it but you'll enjoy it if you do. Roll on Judgement Day.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

109 minutes (1:49 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 17 July 2003

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