Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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John Connor is now in his 20's, and a female terminator, called T-X or Terminatrix, is after him. Another T-101 is sent back through time to protect John once again on the verge of the rise of the machines.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.5/10 (144,548 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Jonathan Mostow

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken

More than 10 years after 'Terminator 2', John Connor now exists only as a drifter – living 'off the grid', so no more Terminators from the future can hunt him down. Unfortunately, SkyNet does send another one back – and this one is called the T-X, even more powerful & advanced than the dreaded T-1000. However, another CSM-101 Terminator is also sent back to protect John against the T-X. Now, Skynet is patiently assuming control of civilian computer systems, under the guise of a computer virus. John has also met his future wife, Kate Brewster, whose father – a U.S. Air Force General – is in charge of the military computer systems & is leery of up linking SkyNet. However, when the SkyNet virus infects the U.S military computers & leaves the country open to attack, the machines begin their horrific takeover. Soon a nuclear war will result – and the war against the machines will begin…

Writers: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd


Arnold Schwarzenegger


Nick Stahl

John Connor

Claire Danes

Kate Brewster

Kristanna Loken


David Andrews

Robert Brewster

Mark Famiglietti

Scott Petersen

Earl Boen

Dr. Peter Silberman

Moira Sinise


(as Moira Harris)

Chopper Bernet

Chief Engineer

Christopher Lawford

Brewster's Aide

(as Chris Lawford)

Carolyn Hennesy

Rich Woman

Jay Acovone

Cop – Westside Street

M.C. Gainey

Roadhouse Bouncer

Susan Merson

Roadhouse Clubgoer #1

Elizabeth Morehead

Roadhouse Clubgoer #1

The Machines Will Rise


Official Website:
Columbia TriStar Film GmbH [Germany] |
Official site [Russia] |

Release Date: 2 July 2003

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $200,000,000


Opening Weekend: $44,041,440
(6 July 2003)
(3504 Screens)

Gross: $433,371,112
(30 October 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The scene in the back of the truck, between John and Kate, was shot on four separate days over several months.


Factual errors:
The entire chase scene with the crane ignores numerous laws of momentum, inertia and tensile strength. Using the crane arm to demolish a steel-framed building would not only completely mangle the arm, it would also cause the crane itself to crash, instead of which it doesn't even slow. Similarly, whilst the vehicle easily has sufficient mass and momentum to smash cars out of its path, having a tonne or so of metal hitting it at roughly 40mph is going to have an effect on the steering, it wouldn't just casually carry on in a straight line as if nothing happened. Most significantly, after the T-800 drops the crane's hook through the manhole cover, the hook would firstly need to actually latch onto something to create the desired effect (instead of just getting pulled right back out again and dragging along behind the crane) and whatever it anchors itself on would need to be sturdy enough to stop the tens of tonnes of crane – if a building can't do it, it's rather unlikely that a sewage pipe is going to. Even if such an item could be found, the cable would not tear through the road without slowing the crane down at all and would in all likelihood bring the crane to a much slower, more drawn-out and less visually impressive (and hence much more boring) stop.


[first lines]

John Connor:
The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is John Connor, they tried to murder me before I was born, when I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming…

User Review

Good, but not worthy of the Terminator franchise (including nerdy rant & SPOILERS)

Rating: 6/10

I know it's easy to put "Terminator 3" down. Everybody had great
expectations and it was clear that this movie would have lots of
enemies, especially if someone else than Cameron was going to direct.
So, here it is now, T3, and the truth is, it is a good action movie,
just not as good as Terminator 1 & 2.

What I liked best about this movie is that it doesn't include any
martial arts. Since "The Matrix" came out, I often wondered if it would
even be possible to make an action movie without Kung Fu anymore. Also,
Mostow really tried to not only focus on the action but include some
story and character development, too. The problem is, the story is
nowhere near as good as it used to be. The writers mistook character
development for endless whiney monologues by John Connor, supposed
leader of mankind. Where Cameron always found the right balance between
someone explaining what was going on and action scenes, T3 fell into
the trap of slowing down too often.

What's bothering me even more, is that writers really had a lot of
chances to turn „Terminator 3" into an interesting story that picked up
from the end of T2. I hoped that finally we'd get an explanation for
why only one Terminator is sent back at a time, how the time portal
works, how CyberDyne recreated the information on future technology
after it had been destroyed in part 2, etc. Instead writers gave vague
or no hints at all to previous riddles and went away too far from the
original ideas of „Terminator". „No fate but what we make for
ourselves" we were told in parts 1 & 2. Now it has changed to
„Judgement Day is inevitable". Why is that, you may ask yourself and
why would a Terminator know that? It's only one of many things that
don't really make sense. A fact that's even more annoying when you
think about how perfect the series has been so far. Sure, James Cameron
had also made mistakes (John's and Sarah's age, for instance) but the
main story did always make sense.

Mostow obviously was afraid of stepping into Cameron's shoes and be
compared to him, so he decided to put several nods to the previous
movies in sequel no. 2. Nice thought, but T3 is definitely too much of
a „nod" to T1 & T2. It's part parody, part rip-off that has only few
new elements. Again there are two Terminators, one brand new, one
obsolete, we get a spectacular car chase, desert scenes, etc.
Furthermore, we get a funny version of the bar scene at the beginning
and a „funny" cameo by infamous psychiatrist Dr. Silberman. Yes, some
of the jokes are actually quite funny, but really, why would the
Terminator smash the gay glasses? Come on, this is supposed to be a
serious movie! The worst thing about all this repeating old stuff is
that this time there's no suspense whatsoever. It just feels like we've
seen it before and we know exactly what's coming.

One scene that could have brought a cool twist to the movie was the one
where Arnold gets reprogrammed by the T-X. It would have been so cool,
if the T-800 had turned into the bad guy again now. It would have
showed that a machine knows no loyalty. Instead we got the most stupid
scene ever in a „Terminator" movie: John Connor asks the T-800 not to
kill him and the Terminator obeys. Reese said in part 1 „It can't be
bargained with" and now John did just that. Sad. I couldn't believe
what I was seeing. And what's with John Connor? Isn't he the one who
will go on to lead mankind? In T3, he isn't much of a leader to me. Is
it the writers fault or Nick Stahl's, I don't know, but the character
is such a sissy in this movie, it's painful.

About the T-X: why the hell isn't that thing bigger, stronger, faster?
The T-X has no real improvements compared to the T-1000 and it seems to
be really stupid. How else could it lose to the trashy T-800? And why
did it change back to its known form just before it could have killed
Kate Brewster in the disguise of her fiancé. Why would it walk around
with the same face all the time, anyway? (Granted, that's a question
that T2 had already raised and not answered) Although Kristinna Loken
played her part quite well, I think it was a bad decision to have a
woman play the T-X in the first place. How cool is it to watch Big Ol'
Arnold beat up a girl? There are so many more minor mistakes in this
movie it gives me headaches (why was the T-800 already programmed to
not kill innocent people and look for the keys in the car when it was a
different Terminator than the one in part 2? If Arnie is not programmed
to answer John's questions why did he answer when John asked if he was
gonna kill him? Why did the T-X investigate the place where Kate
Brewster works at night? Why didn't the T-X try to reprogram the T-800
from the beginning? Why has the Terminator never used the little atom
bomb chip, he's carrying within, against an enemy?), but I think I
better stop here.

However, I did like the ending a lot as it's the only real improvement
to the whole story and an open door for a sequel. "Terminator 3" is
still the best action movie of this summer and it feels really good to
see Arnie back in action one more (last?) time.