rage against the machines: short review of T3 with spoilers
We sat through eight commercials and eight previews before T3 even started. The previews, I don't mind; sometimes they are better than the movie. But commercials? Since when did movie theaters resemble basic television?
I thought I would get to see the Punisher preview, but no. I got to see instead Viggo whatshisname riding a horse and Angelina Jolie riding, err...raiding, tombs. One bright spot was the preview for Bad Boys 2, only because Henry Rollins was in the clip they showed. He's looking not so bad these days.
So, T3. It's just like you pictured it would be, really. Lots of booms and bangs and crashes and cool special effects and Arnold's attempts at wry humor. The story was almost predictable, the acting was just good enough to not be bad and the chick playing the evil machine person was so robotic, it became unnerving at one point. She certainly has a future ahead of her playing sexy droids.
Basically, I did not mind spending the money for two hours of escapism in an air-conditioned theater on a very hot and humid Saturday afternoon. Which means I enjoyed the movie.
Oh, and unlike some critics, I found no metaphorical allusions to George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld or America as Evil Empire.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
I though it took balls to have that kind of ending. In most movies like this, judgment day is always averted by the heroes, who are usually shown in the last scene sweat but smiling, as the world goes on behind them.
One of the things we discussed afterwards was the possible scenario in which John Connor himself or Arnold would go back in time and just prevent SkyNet from ever being made. Of course, there wouldn't be a movie, then.
Ok, then they could come back and prevent Clare Danes' father from pressing the button to make the system kick into drive, but that wouldn't work because SkyNet had become so self-aware that it would just turn itself on.
We did see the door open for a T4, where we would finally get to see the future world in which John Connor is saving humanity.