a bunch of stuff i managed to write down about the film during the day (i wasn't in the mood to write out something that made too much sense).
the film starts with many (read: one every minute) homages to the previous two james cameron films. some of them are 'wink wink' type of things, others are more obvious and groan-inducing. enough with the "tributes" and on with the movie already.
the first thing you notice is how inadequate nick stahl really is in the role of john connor. or at least, compared to edward furlong's angsty and natural performance. of course john is now a young adult and is less of a teenager in his actions, but still, stahl, a good enough actor usually, just kind of walks around, says the lines, and plays the action. nothing wrong with that. but furlong gave us so much more (or was it cameron, compared to mustow?).
kristanna loken's t-x makes for one lame villain. the steely expression is good but there's no real fear being brought upon the unsuspecting public, no real threat. there's barely even an ounce of respect for the character. i get the feeling there was also nothing on the page for that part except for 'female cyborg, dressed in red leather'. that's pretty much it.
as so many people have mentioned before, the biggest thing lacking in t3 is the scale of the thing. t2 had some big ass scale. this one, not so much. it's pretty much an action film with arnold winking at the camera and some cool action moments.
but that is until the end.
around the third quarter mark the film changes gears and nicely dovetails into something... different. nah, not the right word. there's no drastic change, but as the film moves along it does get better and you settle into it quite nicely; the switch to the last part of it isn't jarring because you realize it once you're in it. it's all done very effectively and effortlessly. and there's an unquestionable honesty that the first hour and 20 minutes lack. the earth tones, so beautiful, took me by surprise. i was shocked. i was also taken by the ending. i'd read about the twist ending but this is no flakey put-on, this is where the heart of the film comes from. don't expect a big shocking revelation like linda hamilton coming on in the last 5 minutes. it's not like that. like i told you - it's one slow, incredibly well thought out moment. and it makes for one very satisfying ending to an uneven movie.
ps. if you've seen the film, go ahead and read rod's excellent abridged script.
pps. xander berkeley (woohoo -- another canuck! :) was eddy furlong's step-dad in t2 :)
(oh my god, he's in heat??)
Posted by Sam | 12:58 PM