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Terminator 3 Blu-Ray

Thursday, 04 June 2009 08:25

He's back! And this time, he's err...old? Arnie's swansong as his most famous character, that of The Terminator, has been released on Blu-ray to coincide with the release of the new “Terminator: Salvation” big screen feature. “Rise of The Machines” again centres on John Connor (this time played by Nick Stahl), and his ongoing escape from the agents of Skynet.

The film opens with Connor crashing his motorcycle and breaking into a Veterinary Hospital in the dead of night to get supplies to treat his injuries. Quite by chance (yeah, right!), the Hospital is where a young woman named Kate Brewster (Claire Danes) works, and she just happens to know Connor from when they were young.

Terminator 3 Released on Blu-RayAgain, quite by chance, she has to visit the Hospital to deal with an emergency case and comes across the unconscious Connor. Meanwhile, two Terminators have again been sent back in time to ‘off’ Connor. The first, played by Schwarzeneger is a now-standard T-101; the second is a rather more "advanced" model, the T-X, played by Kristanna Loken. The T-X has been sent back not only to kill Connor but also his Lieutenants from the resistance.

The Terminators catch up with Connor at the Veterinary hospital and he and Kate Brewster escape with the T-101, pursued by the T-X. This sets up a chase with the T-X relentlessly pursuing Connor, Brewster and the T-101.

Connor, who believes that Judgement Day has been stopped by the actions in T2, is surprised to learn from the T-101 that shutting down Cyberdyne only delayed the inevitable, and that (again quite by coincidence), Brewster’s father is a senior military officer working on the "Skynet" project. So Connor sets out to try and avert the coming apocalypse - again.

Along with the main feature, the disc also includes a number of extras, the ubiquitous BD Live and Cinechat, various commentaries, featurettes and a blooper real. Of most note is a deleted scene which details why the T-101 looks like it does. It's a real scream, and it's obvious why it didn't make the final cut of the film.

The film itself is an enjoyable romp with some great action sequences. A chase sequence with a crane truck and strange goings-on in a cemetery are especially notable. The problem is that the plot never really seems to know where it's going. Too much time is spent referring back to previous movies, primarily “Terminator 2”, and not enough establishing the identity of the film in it's own right.

It isn't clear whether it's meant to be a chase movie, a rite of passage film for Connor's character, or something else entirely. It ends up being a mish-mash of many things and lacks the coherence of the predecessors in the franchise. It also relies far too much on coincidences. After the fifth or sixth "quite by chance" moment you end up feeling that the script was written by committee rather than in any coherent fashion. It's a shame because with the excellent source material and the overall core of the story the film could have been so much more.

“Terminator 3 – Rise of the Machines” (2003) is available on Blu-Ray priced £19.99, or less from www.culttvstorecom

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