One expects the flesh on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face to slough off the bone at some point in a Terminator movie. In the first one, he takes a scalpel to his eye and cuts off all the skin around his occular cavity. In the second film, he gets half his face blasted off. But who would have thought that in the third film, half his face would have fallen off, not from ballistics or self-mutilation, but by the cruel power of gravity upon the actor’s own decrepit, elderly flesh?
But I liked Terminator 3. Sure, it’s a lot less interesting than the first two, and Arnold’s looking more-than-a-little sextogenarian, but the unexpectedly bleak ending in which it is made clear that Armageddon was never avoidable but simply delayable was a nice little treat, and did as good a job as it possibly could in wrapping up the grandfather paradoxes of the first two films.
So I look forward to a Terminator 4, hopefully set in the post-nuclear wasteland and featuring the war between Man and Machines. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll have to wait a while: development of the sequel is apparently being held up in the courtroom, as MGM tries to press for their rights to distribute the 4th film after they acquired an exclusive 30-day negotiation window for T4 in the 90’s.
It’s not much news on the next film, but it’s some. You take what you can get.
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