Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Cast

Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger
John Connor: Nick Stahl
Kate Brewster: Claire Danes
T-X: Kristanna Loken
Robert Brewster: David Andrews

Warner Bros. presents a film directed by Jonathan Mostow. Written by John Brancato, Michael Ferris and Tedi Sarafian. Running time: 109 minutes. Rated R (for strong sci-fi violence and action, language and brief nudity). Opening tonight at local theaters.

Central Theme
Technological superiority is still no match for the human spirit with its desire to survive, and with a nature that innately possesses a moral sense of right and wrong.

Story
A decade has passed since John Connor (NICK STAHL) helped prevent Judgment Day and save mankind from mass destruction. Now 22, Connor lives “off the grid” – no home, no credit cards, no cell phone and no job. 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 (KRISTANNA LOKEN), Skynet’s most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, this machine is as relentless as her human guise is beautiful.
Now Connor’s only hope for survival is the Terminator (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER), 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.
From C-2 Pictures, Intermedia and director Jonathan Mostow comes TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, the highly anticipated third installment in one of Hollywood’s most innovative and celebrated franchises, which was originated with the 1984 release of The Terminator. Melding riveting suspense, trademark humor and explosive action, TERMINATOR 3 pays homage to its predecessors and adds an electrifying new chapter to the series’ sophisticated mythology. ‚© Warner Brothers.

Story has given way to special effects, and the third Terminator is more like a ‘fill in the remaining storyline blanks,’ than an exploration of deeper themes. Terminator still raises important questions about where human history is going. Some say the machine dominating humans is in fact more of a real possibility than most humans realize. All this raises interesting questions for those who adhere to the biblical end-times predictions, which don’t seem to include technological gadgetry as part of the end. The idea of Judgment Day is a biblical one, and JC as savior (John Connor/Jesus Christ) may be an intentional play on the initials.

[David Bruce at hollywoodjesus.com sees clear biblical parallels in this entire series:

The Terminator series structures itself around the Bible story of Jesus Christ. In fact, the main character John Conner’s initials are J.C. Also, the dual natures of the terminators should also be noted. They are human/machine as Jesus was human/divine.

Terminator 1 (1984) was pattered after archangel Gabriel’s visit to earth to inform Virgin Mary she was going to give birth to the savior of the world

Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is pattered after Virgin Mary, the single mother of Jesus. The name Sarah comes from hero of Hebrew Scriptures who gives birth to Isaac -the child of promise. Sarah is the prototype of Mary. The machines that rule the future (the evil gods of this world) send an unstoppable Terminator to assassinate the yet unborn John Connor (JC). This cyborg sent back from the future (a sense of eternity here) is a mix of Lucifer and Gabriel, both Arch Angels in the Scriptures.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) gets its story line from Gabriel’s warning the Holy Family of the plan to kill the child around the flight into Egypt.

The subtitle is interesting here: The Day Of Judgment -a biblical term. It begins ten years later after the savior, JC, has been born. In this episode the machines (like the evil king Herod in the Jesus story) try to kill JC again in a parallel to the biblical story of the massacre of innocence in Matthew Chapter 2. Robert Patrick plays the satanic role of T-1000 (the reign of Satan in scriptures is 1000 years).

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) presents the death, burial of JC, Armageddon, and the approaching Day of Judgment.

The Terminator carries the coffin containing John Conner, symbolic of the angels at the tomb of Jesus. There are, in fact three symbolic deaths and resurrections of JC in this episode. The first is in the back room of the Animal Clinic where John Conner is entombed in a dog cage (photo, left). The second is the coffin scene (sited above) and the third is found in the ending scene where John Conner is locked away deep in earth in a bomb shelter, safe from the Armageddon battle engulfing the entire earth. Basically this is a blending of Jesus’ death and resurrection story with the Apocalypse of the book of Revelation. Kristanna Loken plays T-X (Terminator X), a portrayal of the evil one (Satan). Perhaps the next episode will, no doubt, feature the emergence of JC to save planet earth from the machines (Satan’s forces) as in the book of Revelation.]
‚© Hollywoodjsus.com

Beliefs num
–Human destiny is at risk.
–There is not fate; we make our own future.
–Anger is more useful than despair.
–In a battle against machines and technology, humans will win, with the help of machines.
–We should never stop fighting.
–Behave as if the future depends on you.
–Technology can run amuck; machines could become independent of humans and then seek to destroy humans.
–There is a coming Judgment Day that will determine the future of humans.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–Do you believe machines could some day take on a life and “mind” of their own?”
–Do you believe in fate?
–Do we make our own future?
–Do you believe there is a Judgment Day? What will it be like?

Provocative Quotes byline
— The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is John Connor; they tried to murder me before I was born, when I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming, Judgment Day, the beginning of the war between man and machines. Three billion lives vanished in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory. It hasn’t happened, no bombs fell, computers didn’t take control, we stopped Judgment Day. I should feel safe, but I don’t, so I live off the grid — no phone, no address, no one and nothing can find me. I’ve erased all connections to the past, but as hard as I try I can’t erase my dreams, my nightmares. I feel the weight of the future bearing down on me. A future I don’t want. So I keep running as fast as I can.
==John Connor.
–I like that car. I like that gun.
==T-X taking what she likes.
–I’m the luckiest father in the world. I’ve never had to be afraid for my daughter.
==Robert Brewster, dead wrong.
–I still prefer to keep humans in the loop.
Robert Brewster on not wanting to activate SkyNet.
–I lied.
==Terminator to Kate who he had promised to let go.
–John Connor. It is time.
==Terminator to John.
–I’m unable to comply.
==Terminator to Kate who has told him to: ¢â‚¬Ëœdrop dead asshole.’
–John Connor is the leader of the worldwide resistance and last hope for mankind.
==Terminator to Kate about JC.
–You only postpone it. Judgment Day is inevitable.
==Terminator to JC.
–So she’s an anti-terminator terminator?
==JC wanting to understand T-X.
–No fate but what we make.
==Inscription on Sarah Connor’s crypt.
–Anger is more useful than despair.
==Terminator to JC.
–Later on your children are important. She’s your wife.
==Terminator revealing some of his future to JC.
–She’ll be back.
==Terminator about T-X.
–Desire is irrelevant. I am a machine.
==Terminator.
–Oh Katie, I’m sorry. I opened Pandora’s Box.
==Brewster to Katie.
–We’re gonna make it Kate. The future is up to us.
==JC to Kate.
–We’ll meet again.
==Terminator’s last words to JC.
–You are terminated.
==Terminator to T-X.
— The attack began at 6:18 PM, just like he said it would. Judgment Day. The day the human race was nearly destroyed by the weapons they built to protect them. The Terminator knew…he tried to tell us. But I didn’t want to hear it. Our destiny was never to stop Judgment Day. It was merely to survive it. Maybe the future has been written, I don’t know. All I know is what the Terminator taught me…never stop fighting, and I never will. The battle has just begun…
==JC in last lines of the film.

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