My expectations, as to what it would amount to, were met. I didn't like it. Proove me wrong OT. *** Spoilers *** The Cameron written/directed Terminator movies were not about the Future War. They were about how people living today would react with the knowledge that the Future War was going to happen. Molstow made a movie to show off some cool actions sequences and tied it together with some weak story writing in order to relaunch Schwartzenneger's career. Some of my complaints: 1. The TX (Terminatrix) is presented as the ultimate killing machine (made to kill other terminators, according to the T-800 in this movie). In the beginning of the movie, to heighten the suspense and intensity, the TX is invincible and invulnerable. She is hit with a truck and survives. She is run over by a multi-ton crane and walks out un-impeded. Nothing the T-800 does to stop her is effect... nothing. However, at the end of the movie, she basically cut in half by a helicopter crashing on her. This does not fit together with the image we are given of her at the beginning of the movie. This inconsistency is just outright poor storytelling. 2. Destiny v. Free Will. Terminator 2 squarely fell into the Free Will category. Molstow changed it all up. Guess what? It doesn't matter that John, Sarah, the T-800, and Miles Bennent Dyson destroyed all the AI research being conducted by Cyberdyne. It doesn't matter that Cameron argues at the end of T2 that the Future is NOT set and we have no fate but what we make for ourselves. Ya know why? Because, according to the T-800 in T3, certain events in history cannot be stopped, they can only be pushed back. Now, instead of Skynet being a hardware based AI unit built by Cyberdyne, it is an AI computer virus created by some secret US Military R&D lab (which just also happened to invent tank and flying Hunter-Killers). Hell, the beginning of the movie opens with John Conner reciting his epic statement, "We have no fate but what we make for ourselves." Cameron used this statement to reinforce the idea that humans are not pre-destined to do certain things but that we have free will over our lives. If the Terminator stories are trying to sell you something, THAT is what it is trying to sell you... until you get to T3, and destiny overcomes all. 3. John Conner is a California boy... born and raised in SoCal. John, however, now has a nice NYC accent. 4. John Conner, who was already beginning to display the epic leadership qualities, even in T2 at 10 years old, is now a lifeless drifter who basically wants to die. He contemplates suicide several times in this movie. 5. T3 takes the storyline from T2 and basically recycles it. A group of three people go to contact the man who is directly responsable for the creation of Skynet. In T2, the guy dies and his death is tragic because of what Dyson was trying to accomplish (build an AI) and what he eventually had to do (destroy his life's work in order to save humanity). In T3, the death of the General is a throw-away death. Him dying means NOTHING to the main characters. Even his daughter only sheds a tear for a second. Again, bad writing. 6. What exactly is the TX again? And where did it come from? In T1, Kyle Reese makes it clear that Skynet was smashed and that the Time Displacement machinery was captured by the Human Resistence, and that Skynet sent back a Terminator as a last ditch effort to keep itself from being destoyed. (T2 expanded on this by saying that Skynet actually sent two Terminators back through time, and the reason Reese didn't mention this in T1 was becasue he wasn't aware of the second Terminator.) Apparently, Skynet can now send back all the Terminators it wants. And since Arnold already destroyed a liquid metal Terminator... lets make a robotic Terminator with liquid metal, instead of flesh, for skin. 7. Just a couple of short hours after her finance is killed, the Claire Danes character is beinning to fall in love with John Conner. Nice. I hope I am never engaged to a woman whose attentions can drift so easily. 8. Terminators are infiltration units. They are designed to kill by stealth. The TX doesn't follow this line of thinking... she destroys as much as she can as often as she can. And she doesn't care who is watching. 9. Remote controlled police cars? Please. I just don't think that there is much plot or story to this movie. It totally changed the "history" established in the first two films and didn't attempt to build on the dramatic themes established in the first two films. While many people go to movies for an escapist fling and fun, I go to movies and view them as an art form (generally). In my dramatic movies (and in my mind, Science Fiction is just an extension of drama), I want to see elements of the human condition revealed to me. I don't feel that T3 did that in the least.