Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Director:- Jonathan Mostow
- John Brancato
- Michael Ferris
- Tedi Sarafian
Music by:- Marco Beltrami
- July 2, 2003
Country:- United States
Budget:- $187.3 Million
($167.3 million excluding production overhead)
Box office:- $433.4 Million
John Connor has been living off the grid in Los Angeles following the death of his mother, Sarah Connor. Although a war between humans and Skynet‘s forces did not occur on August 29, 1997, as foretold, John still fears it. He rejects his fate as humanity’s savior and hides from Skynet.
Unable to locate John in the past, Skynet sends a new model of the Terminator called the T-X to July 23, 2003, to kill other members of the Human Resistance. The T-X is more advanced than previous Terminators: it has an endoskeleton with built-in weaponry, a liquid metal exterior similar to the T-1000, and it can reprogram other machines after injecting nanorobotics. This model is also designed to eliminate other Skynet-related machines. Unlike previous Terminators, its default appearance is female. The Resistance sends a reprogrammed Terminator (T-850 – Model 101) to protect the T-X’s targets, including John and his future wife, Kate Brewster.
After killing several other targets, the T-X locates Kate and John at an animal hospital, where Kate has caught John stealing. They escape with the Terminator’s help. The Terminator takes them to a mausoleum where John’s mother is supposedly interred. Inside her vault, they find a weapons cache left at Sarah’s request in case Judgment Day occurred. Police arrive and a gun battle ensues. The T-X also chases them, but they escape. The Terminator reveals that John and his mother’s actions merely delayed Judgement Day, and that his plan is to drive John and Kate to Mexico to escape the fallout when Skynet begins its nuclear attack at 6:18 p.m. that day. John orders the Terminator to take Kate and him to see Kate’s father, a Lieutenant General who, in the present, is supervising the building of Skynet after Cyberdyne Systems went defunct. John threatens to kill himself if the Terminator refuses. The Terminator calls John’s bluff but agrees to take them after Kate orders him to. The Terminator reveals that he killed John on July 4, 2032; Kate sent him back from the future after having him captured and reprogrammed, and she is the only one who can give him orders.
Meanwhile, at an Air Force base, General Brewster faces pressure from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to activate Skynet to stop an anomalous computer virus of unknown origin from invading servers worldwide; he is unaware that the virus is actually Skynet establishing control over them. John and Kate arrive too late to stop Skynet from being activated, and its machines begin attacking Brewster’s staff. Brewster is mortally wounded by the T-X, which arrived before John, Kate, and the Terminator. Before dying, he gives Kate and John a code book and the location of what John believes is Skynet’s system core. John and Kate head for the tarmac to take General Brewster’s airplane; their destination is Crystal Peak, a military base built inside the Sierra Nevada. The T-X and the T-850 fight each other. The T-X severely damages the T-850, then reprograms it to kill John and Kate. The T-X pursues John and Kate through the military base, but it becomes trapped when a particle accelerator is activated and the magnetic field bonds the T-X to the accelerator. The Terminator, unable to control his outer functions but still consciously aware, attacks John and Kate before John convinces it to reject the T-X’s control. The Terminator deliberately shuts its corrupted system down, enabling John and Kate to escape. Shortly after they leave, the Terminator’s system reboots.
John and Kate reach Crystal Peak and begin entering the access codes to gain entry when the T-X arrives by helicopter. Just as she is about to attack, the rebooted Terminator arrives in a second helicopter and crashes into the T-X, crushing it. The T-X pulls itself from the wreckage and attempts to drag itself inside the bunker to follow John and Kate. The Terminator holds the bunker open long enough for John and Kate to lock themselves inside, then uses one of its hydrogen fuel cells to destroy both itself and the T-X.
John and Kate discover that the facility is not Skynet’s core, but rather a nuclear fallout shelter and command facility for government and military officials. Skynet has no core and it has become a part of cyberspace after its self-awareness. Judgment Day begins as Skynet fires missiles worldwide, starting a nuclear holocaust to kill billions. John and Kate begin receiving radio transmissions on the emergency equipment; John tentatively assumes command by answering radio calls, and they reluctantly accept their fate.
- Reprising his role from the first two films, this was Schwarzenegger’s final starring role before becoming Governor of California.
- Edward Furlong, who played John in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, was reportedly not asked to reprise his role in T3 because of a substance abuse problem. Here is his response from a 2004 interview: “I don’t know [what happened]. It just wasn’t the time. I was going through my own thing at the point in my life – whatever, it just wasn’t meant to be”.
- The first on-screen female Terminator.
- Claire Danes as Kate Brewster:
- In a 2005 interview on NPR‘s Fresh Air, Danes revealed she was cast in the role as a last-minute replacement after producers felt that actress Sophia Bush was too young to portray the character.
- Kate’s father and Skynet’s primary creator.
- Mark Famiglietti as Scott Mason:
- Kate Brewster’s slain fiancé was originally named Scott Peterson, but the name was changed in order to avoid association with the Scott Peterson case involving the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn son Conner. In the ending credits his name is still listed as “Scott Peterson”.
- Earl Boen as Dr. Peter Silberman:
- Reprising his role from the first two films, Boen appears in one scene, attempting to comfort Claire Danes’ character after she witnesses the acts of the Terminator. Boen and Schwarzenegger are the only actors to appear in all of the first three Terminator films. This is also Boen’s final film role before his retirement from his film career to focus on his voice-acting career.
A scene filmed during production gives a possible explanation as to why one particular model of Terminators all look like Schwarzenegger: a character named Chief Master Sergeant William Candy (played by Schwarzenegger) explains in a Cyber Research Systems (CRS) promotional video that he was chosen to be the model for the Terminator project. Schwarzenegger’s character has a Southern accent; when one of the politicians questions the appropriateness of Candy’s Southern accent for the Terminator’s voice, another scientist replies, “We can fix it” in Schwarzenegger’s (overdubbed) voice. The scene was added as a bonus feature on the film’s DVD.
The film’s production budget was initially set at $169–170 million, making it the most expensive film ever to be greenlit at the time. Budget statements for the film put the final cost at $187.3 million (or $167.3 million excluding the production overhead). Schwarzenegger received a salary of $29.25 million, plus 20 percent of the profits, although he agreed to defer part of his salary in order to prevent the relocation of the set to Vancouver, British Columbia, from Los Angeles.
The film earned a worldwide gross of $433 million, 17% less than Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s worldwide gross of $519.8 million, not adjusting for inflation.
Several video games were based on the film. An action game called Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was released by Atari for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Game Boy Advance. The game was poorly reviewed, with a 39% average on GameRankings for the PS2 version. A first-person shooter titled Terminator 3: War of the Machines was released for the PC. A third game, titled Terminator 3: The Redemption, was released for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo GameCube.
Marco Beltrami composed the musical score, which still employed the series’ leitmotif by Brad Fiedel. The film’s soundtrack was released by Varèse Sarabande on June 24, 2003: All music composed by Marco Beltrami except The Terminator and I Told You.
|Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|1.||“A Day in the Life”||3:41|
|2.||“Hooked on Multiphonics”||1:47|
|3.||“Blonde Behind the Wheel”||2:07|
|6.||“Hearse Rent a Car”||1:48|
|7.||“T-X’s Hot Tail”||3:39|
|9.||“More Deep Thoughts”||0:58|
|11.||“Kicked in the Can”||2:03|
|15.||“What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?”||1:19|
|19.||“The Terminator” (from the motion picture The Terminator)||Brad Fiedel||Brad Fiedel||2:21|
|20.||“Open to Me” (bonus track)||Dillon Dixon||Dillon Dixon||3:46|
|21.||“I Told You” (bonus track)||Mia Julia||Mia Julia||3:11|
Songs that are not included on the soundtrack album
- “Dat Funky Man” (performed by William Randolph III; words by Jonathan Mostow)
- “Sugar” (performed by Peter Beckett; words by Jonathan Mostow)
- “Party” (performed by Peter Beckett)
- “Can’t Hide This” (performed by Mega Jeff)
- “Macho Man“ (performed by Village People)
- “The Current“ (performed by Gavin Rossdale and Blue Man Group)