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T3 review: Part V

All in all, I give Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines a very favorable review. It not only had me concerned for the welfare of the characters, but it also got me to thinking about some important topics. For a high concept, big budget summer blockbuster, this is a truly amazing feat. To secure the kind of funding required to make a film like T3, clueless studio execs who want nothing but a carbon copy of something that made a pile of money last year only bigger, louder, and sexier must be appeased and assuaged. The bigger and more expensive a film grows, the more likely it is that it will sink into a miasma of built-in limitations and compromises. The makers of T3 navigated these obstacles with amazing skill.

There were some things I did not like about the film. The new-fangled Terminatrix killed a lot of people in rather grisly ways. Sometimes the camera would cut away as she delivered the killing blow, but at other times it did not, like when she thrust her arm through a detective’s chest from the back seat of the car he was driving in order to simultaneously kill him and take the wheel. In that scene the camera lingered on the gore as the dying man gasped in gurgly horror at his own demise.

I support a strong interpretation of the second amendment, but I don’t find gun violence entertaining. I don't play first person shooters, and I don't like to watch people getting "blown away." I lost count of how many unarmed bit players the she-borg gunned down.

I don’t like car chases. I really never want to see another one, ever, and T3 amounts to one big car chase with occasional gun battle breaks. I like science fiction, and I wish that filmmakers could find their way clear to make sci fi films that amount to more than Jerry Bruckheimer-style, over the top action flicks draped in a thin veil of superficial sci fi trappings. Unfortunately, with the commercial failure of Solaris, I don’t see any studio risking the perils of that road again any time soon.


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kmo
Aug. 25th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC)
C-Realm
I did catch myself up to present day C-Realm this evening.
I'd say more right now than "I really enjoyed it"...but my restless little brain needs some down time.


From my perspective, "I really enjoyed it," is a pretty good thing to hear. I don't have a working hit counter on the site, so I don't know how many people have plowed thru the whole run, but I'm guessing you're a member of a pretty exclusive club.

my restless little brain needs some down time.

Be kind to your brain. Transhuman fantasies aside, it's you and you're it.
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