Dude, you're joking, right?
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: 3.5 Stars. Are you kidding me? T3, good?!? Better than good. Great. Frankly, the only drag in the film is the (seemingly) 30-minute car chase, which was just a little much. I may be rating this higher than it deserves because of low expectations, but I doubt it. Where to start? Jonathan Mostow (who directed the excellent Breakdown) does a worthy job stepping into James Cameron's shoes. You've got a few characters (Nick Stahl and Claire Danes) who are actually likeable (unlike Edward Furlong and Linda Hamilton in T2). Throw in some badass cyborgs (Governor Schwarzenegger and insanely-hot Kristanna Loken). Then finish by actually furthering the story given in the first two films. Basically what we've got here is the "middle chapter" of the Terminator saga, which could (but likely won't) go on for a few more movies. We've seen the Terminators come back through time to kill. We've seen glimpses of the future and know that, somehow, John Connor will lead a victorious resistance. T3 fills in the blanks. Basically what we've got here is the "middle chapter" of the Terminator saga, which could (but likely won't) go on for a few more movies, and I couldn't be more impressed with the result. Special kudos to Kristanna Loken's breasts, which make an extremely swift, but appreciated, cameo.