It has been 12 years since we saw young John Connor lower his cyborg bodyguard into oblivion, and what seemed at the time to be the end of a franchise. But with the success of the “Terminator 2 3-D” attractions at Universal Studios, and the excellent sales of the previous releases of the films on DVD, it’s hard to keep a profitable machine down.
In “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” a decade has passed since John Connor helped prevent Judgment Day and save mankind from mass destruction. Now 25, Connor lives “off the grid”: no home, no credit cards, no cell phone and 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, Skynet’s most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, the T-X is as relentless as her human guise is beautiful. Now Connor’s only hope for survival is the Terminator, his mysterious former assassin. Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day…or face the apocalypse and the fall of civilization as we know it.
FilmJerk.com has leared that, earlier this week, director Jonathan Mostow finished his cut of the film. The effects are completed, Marco Beltrami’s score is recorded and in just five weeks, the world will be witness to what a Terminator movie is like without James Cameron.
Mostow’s cut is 109 minutes, one minute longer than “The Terminator” and 28 minutes shorter than “Judgment Day” (or 41 minutes if you prefer the extended cut).
“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” Scorecard
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Writers: John Brancato and Michael Ferris, based on characters created by James Cameron and William Wisher
Producers: Mario Kassar, Andy Vajna, Joel Michaels, Hal Lieberman, Colin Wilson
Executive Producers: Moritz Borman, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, Gale Anne Hurd
Featuring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kristanna Loken, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Mark Famiglietti
US Distributor: Warner Brothers
Opening Week Release Pattern: 7500 screens in 3750 locations on July 2
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS