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Analysis Date: July 1, 2003
CAP Score: 28 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.87
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(2003), R -- But this time, they fail.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): C-2 Pictures, IMF Pictures, Pacific Western, Warner Bros
Distribution (US): Warner Bros, Columbia TriStar, Sony Pictures Intnernational
Director(s): Jonathan Mostow
Producer(s): Moritz Borman, Guy East, Gale Anne Hurd, Basil Iwanyk, Mario Kassar, Hal Lieberman, Joel B. Michaels, Nigel Sinclair, Andrew G. Vajna, Colin Wilson
Written by/Screenplay: Characters: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd. Story: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, Tedi Sarafian. Screenplay: Michael Ferris
Cinematography/Camera: Don Burgess
Music: Marco Beltrami, Brad Fiedel
Film Editing: Nicolas De Toth, Neil Travis
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Jeff Mann
Art Direction: Shepherd Frankel, Beat Frutiger, Andrew Menzies, Mark Zuelzke
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I am not a seasoned movie reviewer, screenwriter or anything else but I have performed analysis of more than 700 films. And except for the shape-shifting of the T-X Terminatrix (Kristanna Loken) and other obvious events, I could not tell when live action ended and computer aided graphics (cgi) began. The incorporation of the two in action sequences was seamless to these eyes.
The plot was not such that you could check your brain at the door nor was the show belabored by the plot. The symbiosis between plot and story was not confounded by a bunch of sometimes confusing subplots. Character and history building was not high priority since this is the third in the Terminator trilogy. Knowledge of the previous two Terminators was necessary to make the most sense of this one.
This is an R-rated film in every sense, mom/dad. Including a number of views of full male and female nudity with lesser shots of rear male and female nudity [**] plus much use of potty mouth language [Titus 2:6-8]. If passed through a curse filter and finger on the stop button to avoid the nudity, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines would be much less invasive. The foul language is freckled throughout the show about every 2.5 minutes but the nudity appears only a short time after each of the two times that the time traveling terminators appear. Each is announced by a flashing electric arcing display in spherical pattern. Shutting the tape player off, forwarding the tape about five tape minutes before restarting it for each of the two times the terminators enter the show should prevent exposure to the nudity. But avoiding exposure to the foul language would not be possible without a curse filter.
Violence was intense [Prov. 3:31-32]. And nearly nonstop. A road chase sequence involving nearly everything that rolls, including the world's largest mobile crane, rivals any ever produced including that in The Matrix Reloaded. Property damage was immense. When the T-X Terminator became Kate's dead boyfriend and offered to help the police find Kate, the Terminatrix shoved her arm through the driver's seat back and through the driver's chest, then flexed her fingers dripping with blood. And, of course, the new T-101 Terminator (still Arnold Schwarzenegger) does self surgery to get to his inner workings ... again. This time instead of stripping the flesh off his left forearm, he cuts open his abdomen to retrieve a failing power cell.
Language is as intense. [Col. 3:8, Prov. 22:11] Including the three/four letter word vocabulary, the most foul of the foul words AND God's name in vain with AND without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. With a language density of about 2.5 uses per minute, there is no way the invasive language could be avoided without a curse filter.
It is ten years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) has died of leukemia.in Mexico. Her son, John (Nick Stahl) now in his 20s has avoided all manner of identification: no driver's license, no address, no phone, nothing. The third world war, the nuclear war, has been averted by the works of Sarah. But World War III is still on its way. Skynet will see to it. Thought at first to be a computer virus infecting every connected computer, Skynet becomes self-aware and manipulates machines and computers to launch war against man. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Conner and company successfully destroy the computer company that was developing what would become Skynet using the then T-101 cyberchip thus stopping (for a while) Skynet from developing and becoming self aware.
This time, the terminators from the future are not after John Conner as much as they are after one of his key lieutenants, Dr. Kate Brewster (Claire Dannes) who becomes Conner's wife and second in command. Another T-101 is again sent to protect Conner and this time, Brewster as well to keep them alive ostensibly to avoid nuclear war scheduled to start by Skynet at 6:18 PM. But this time they fail.
Please take the time to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model, before you decide whether to take your family to this R-rated feature.
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**"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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