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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

In Jonathan Mostow's follow-up sequel with a new T-X Terminator whose main mission was to eliminate Resistance leader John Connor's future associates, and Connor himself who was living off the grid:

  • under the credits, the naked arrival of the sexy new terminator (T-X or Terminatrix) (Kristanna Loken) in the year 2004 - appearing in a store front window with mannequins on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA; afterwards, she appropriated a rich woman's silver sports Lexus coupe ("I like this car") before killing her
  • the amusing moment when T-X, stopped by a police car for speeding and running a red light, noticeably inflated her breasts to impress the arresting officer (Jay Acovone), after seeing a Victoria's Secret billboard ad for "WHAT IS SEXY?"; when the officer asked for her license and registration, she covetously looked at his holstered weapon and noted non-chalantly: "I like your gun"

In Mannequin Storefront Window

The Terminatrix: "I like this car"

Billboard: "WHAT IS SEXY?"

The Terminatrix's Inflated Breasts
  • the arrival of the outdated, reprogrammed, monosyllabic, and obsolete protector - a T-850 model 101 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in a circle of fire in Joshua Tree, CA, who demanded the clothes of a leather-clad male stripper (on-stage and mid-performance) during a cowgirls' Ladies Night "Pleasure Men Fantasy Show" at the country-western Desert Star bar; he grabbed the man's hand, applied pressure, and commanded: "Take off your clothes!...Your clothes!...NOW!" - he also stole a hot-wired truck and a sporty pair of sunglasses
  • the action-filled multiple vehicle-chase sequence in which the Terminator clung from the end of a massive construction crane mounted on a truck that smashed him through buildings
  • the SWAT team shootout at the mausoleum with the Terminator's escape in a bullet-riddled hearse
  • the climactic scene of SkyNet's activation by Lieut. Gen. Robert Brewster (David Andrews) and its computer viral takeover of global networks - initiating a massive nuclear holocaust
  • the one-on-one battle in a hallway, men's room and storeroom (within the USAF's CRS building) between the two Terminators (a parody of them having sex)
  • the finale in which the Terminator trapped the T-X under a blast door and detonated its last remaining hydrogen fuel cell in the T-X's mouth - with a warning ("You are terminated") - in fact, both Terminators were "terminated by the explosion
  • and the awe-inspiring nuclear annihilation of the world (initiated by the rogue artificial intelligence SkyNet that began to detonate nuclear attacks in cities around the world) - a finale reminiscient of the ending of Dr. Stranglelove, Or...: (1964)
The Annihilation of the World

Terminator T-850 Model's Arrival in Circle of Fire

The Terminator Demanding Clothes From Male Stripper at the Desert Star Bar

Crane Car Chase

SkyNet's Viral Takeover

"You are terminated"

The Explosive End of T-X


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