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"Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines"

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER said, ``No matter where I go in the world, no matter what movie I have promoted over the last 12 years, people always ask me when are you going to do another Terminator.'' Worldwide audiences have made The Terminator series gross over $550 millions, along with becoming extremely popular on VHS and DVD formats. Apart from, of course, inspiring attractions at theme parks in California, Florida and Japan. And this episode, with all its various chases, explosions and wreaks is an ode to the efforts of the stunts and special effects personnel — no doubt pleasing those hard core action lovers. He lives off the grid, without a phone, internet connection and without an address — that is what we are told in a voice over narration right at the beginning by John Connor (Nick Stahl) a survivor from T2, and who is the human being who will save the world from the menace of the machines.

He constantly feels the future bearing down on him and has nightmares filling him with some nameless dread. But soon, he finds he is being hounded by a deadly cyborg, T-X (Kristanna Loken) a state of the art technological assassin who can morph into anything it touches or wishes.

Her prosthetic arm can do anything — become a gun, a fire breathing device, a chisel, a laser cannon — just about anything that can destroy. Her computerised brain can track down and analyse anything within seconds and she is well on her way to complete destruction. But her mission is disrupted when she is just about to catch up with John Connor and his old classmate, Kate Brewster (Claire Danes) by another cyborg, The Terminator — who has been programmed to protect these two along with Kate's father (David Andrews), an air force general in charge of a sophisticated artificial intelligence network designed to provide security to the U.S.

Three quarters of the film consists of the good ones being chased in cars, fire trucks, helicopters and what not. Director Jonathan Mostow, who has taken over from James Cameron who directed the first two, does a fine job of demolishing vehicles, blowing up buildings, apart from having machines crashing themselves against walls and concrete objects and getting up and reconstructing themselves.

Nick as the chosen one does well — he is wiry, yet touchingly vulnerable — while Clare Danes as the woman struggling to stay on top and understand what is going on and then fighting for her life, does a reasonable job.

The climax has a twist that would be unfair to reveal, but it is possible that Terminator 4 could well be on its way.

At the end of it all, it is an intriguing thought that machines created by man could overpower and destroy mankind, obviously is the U.S.

CHITRA MAHESH

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