The Terminator series structures itself around the Bible story of Jesus Christ. In fact, the main character John Conner's initials are J.C. Also, the dual natures of the terminators should also be noted . They are human/machine as Jesus was human/divine.  

(2003) Film Review

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Click to enlargeDirected by
Jonathan Mostow

Characters by James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd
Story by John Brancato, Michael Ferris and Tedi Sarafian
Screenplay by John Brancato and Michael Ferris

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Terminator
Nick Stahl ... John Connor
Claire Danes ... Kate Brewster
Kristanna Loken ... T-X
David Andrews ... Robert Brewster
Mark Famiglietti ... Scott Petersen
Earl Boen ... Dr. Peter Silberman
Moira Harris ... Betsy
Chopper Bernet ... Chief Engineer
Chris Lawford ... Brewster's Aide
Carolyn Hennesy ... Rich Woman

Moritz Borman ... executive producer
Guy East ... executive producer
Gale Anne Hurd ... executive producer
Basil Iwanyk ... co-executive producer
Mario Kassar ... producer
Hal Lieberman ... producer
Joel B. Michaels ... producer
Nigel Sinclair ... executive producer
Andrew G. Vajna ... producer
Colin Wilson ... producer

Original Music by Marco Beltrami and Brad Fiedel (theme)
Cinematography by Don Burgess
Edited by Nicolas De Toth (co-editor) and Neil Travis

Rated R by the MPAA for "strong sci-fi violence and action, language and brief nudity."
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Imagine a world of permanent darkness, where machines control man's destiny. Imagine you are the only one who can stop it. But before you do, something terrible has to happen.
- John Connor

A decade has passed since John Connor (NICK STAHL) helped prevent Judgment Day - the day Skynet's highly developed network of machines was fated to become self-aware and destroy mankind. But August 29, 1997 came and went without incident, despite Skynet's twice failed attempts to kill Connor and wage war on humanity.

Now 22, Connor lives "off the grid" - no home, no credit cards, no phone and no job. No record of his existence. No way he can be traced by Skynet. Until…

…out of the shadows of the future steps the T-X (KRISTANNA LOKEN), Skynet's most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, this machine is as relentless as her human guise is beautiful. And she is exponentially more powerful, dangerous and destructive than every Terminator that has come before her.

But this time, Connor isn't the only target on Skynet's hit list - unsuspecting veterinarian Kate Brewster (CLAIRE DANES) will see her distant past and promising present collide with an unimaginable future…but only if she can elude the unassailable T-X.

When Connor and Kate realize that Judgment Day is rocketing toward them - with only three hours between them and the end of the world - their only hope for survival is a replica of the cyborg Terminator (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER), Connor's mysterious - and now obsolete - former assassin. Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day…or face the fall of civilization as we know it.

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Click to enlargeThe Terminator series structures itself around the Bible story of Jesus Christ. In fact, the main character John Conner's initials are J.C. Also, the dual natures of the terminators should also be noted (photo, right). They are human/machine as Jesus was human/divine.

Terminator 1 (1984) was pattered after archangel Gabriel's visit to earth to inform Virgin Mary she was going to give birth to the savior of the world (RealVideo).

Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is pattered after Virgin Mary, the single mother of Jesus. The name Sarah comes from hero of Hebrew scriptures who gives birth to Isaac -the child of promise. Sarah is the prototype of Mary. The machines who rule the future (the evil gods of this world) send an unstoppable Terminator to assassinate the yet unborn John Connor (JC).This cyborg sent back from the future (a sense of eternity here) is a mix of Lucifer and Gabriel, both Arch Angels in the Scriptures.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) gets its story line from Gabriel's warning the Holy Family of the plan to kill the child around the flight into Egypt.

The subtitle is interesting here: The Day Of Judgment -a biblical term. It begins ten years later after the savior, JC, has been born. In this episode the machines (like the evil king Herod in the Jesus story- RealVideo) try to kill JC again in a parallel to the biblical story of the massacre of innocence in Matthew Chapter 2 (RealVideo). Robert Patrick plays the satanic role of T-1000 (the reign of Satan in scriptures is 1000 years).

Click to enlargeTerminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) presents the death, burial of JC, Armageddon, and the approaching Day of Judgment.

In the photo to the right, the Terminator carries the coffin containing John Conner, symbolic of the angels at the tomb of Jesus (RealVideo). There are, in fact three symbolic deaths and resurrections of JC in this episode. Click to enlargeThe first is in the back room of the Animal Clinic where John Conner is entombed in a dog cage (photo, left). The second is the coffin scene (sited above) and the third is found in the ending scene where John Conner is locked away deep in earth in a bomb shelter, safe from the Armageddon battle engulfing the entire earth. Basically this is a blending of Jesus' death (RealVideo) and resurrection story (RealVideo) with the Apocalypse of the book of Revelation.Click to enlarge Kristanna Loken plays T-X (Terminator X), a portrayal of the evil one (Satan). Other recent films have used woman in the Satan role include: The Jesus Series, Bedazzled, and the forth coming Passion by Mel Gibson. Perhaps the next episode will, no doubt, feature the emergence of JC to save planet earth from the machines (Satan's forces) as in the book of Revelation.


Click to enlargeReview by MIKE FURCHES

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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film.
• The truth is that you can run but you cannot hide.

• We are all destined for certain events and the future of the world depends on the things we choose to do, or not do.

• There is an enemy that attempts to seek out and destroy and kill without any concern for humanity, or the planet of which was provided for their enjoyment and need.

• The enemy comes from the sky but appears as if it is one of those it seeks to destroy.

Click to enlargeJesus told them: I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. (Luke 10:18 Contemporary English Version, CEV)

• That enemy is deadly and dangerous but unfortunately looks like one of the most beautiful of all of God's creation.

• That enemy looks like the ultimate of God's creation, creating jealousy among it's own kind and lust from the opposite kind.

And it is no wonder. Even Satan tries to make himself look like an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14 CEV)

• The sad thing is that the creature is neither man or beast, but it has an uncanny ability to take on the characteristics that most appeal to those it seeks to destroy.

• It has a mission, it will do everything necessary to accomplish that mission, including finding ways to take advantage of, and use those seeking their company to find out others and then destroy them.

• This creature is bound to destroy the future and hope of all people on the planet without the salvation and deliverance provided by one who will do everything necessary to save those he is designed to help.

• That individual will do anything necessary including the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice of giving up their life in place of the very ones which the enemy seeks out to kill and destroy.

• Once assumed dead, the one who brings salvation resurrects to ultimately defeat the enemy who would bring death.

On the surface this looks like I am attempting to tell the Bible story of Jesus and the need for humanity to follow his direction. It also seems to tell the story of an enemy much like Satan who's primary purpose is to seek and destroy.

Click to enlarge"A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest." (John 10:10 CEV)

The scenario also plays out for the newest release from Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator in Terminator 3 The Rise of the Machines. With the overabundance of new movies this summer and the numerous disappointments of Arnold's over the last few years I was not looking forward to seeing this movie. Arnold for some reason had seemed to loose it and that magic just wasn't there anymore. What I got however, was a very pleasant surprise in this movie and a the best thrill ride I have had thus far this summer.

Click to enlargeThe movie plays out following the first two Terminator movies with the Terminator reprogrammed to find and protect John Conner, played by Nick Stahl. By now, John is a number of years older and he has a deep underlying feeling that Judgment Day is yet to happen, no matter the things that have happened over the past. There are ample amounts of commentary here, we as well think that we can escape Judgment Day but the truth is that while things along the journey can be changed we will still ultimately have to face the day of Judgment.

After all, Christ will judge each of us for the good or the bad that we do while living in these bodies. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (CEV)

We die only once, and then we are judged. Hebrews 9:27 (CEV)

Along the way in preparation for judgment John begins to realize that who he is now, will not be who he is in the end. He knows that there are things to change about himself if he is going to be the person that is responsible for the salvation of the planet.

There is a lot that could go into this review. The action sequences were quite enjoyable and fun as was the story line. I honestly did not get bored and found myself enjoying the movie more and more as I watched it. There are no Academy Award performances here, but what do you expect? The story line will please the many Terminator fans around the world. There is also ample evidence that there will be at least one more Terminator movie. Personally after seeing this one I hope there is. There is a giant battle to fight and the ultimate salvation of the planet is at stake.

Click to enlargeNow the special effects with the exception of a chase scene in the movie is a little hokey, but Arnold has all of his classic lines in place. He is fun and frankly does a great job at stealing this show. He seems to be back in shape after some health issues over the last few years and there is enough inside jokes for fans of Arnold and Terminator movies that you will find yourself laughing throughout the movie. Would I recommend seeing it? If you are a fan of Arnold or this genera, absolutely, it is a lot of fun. I know this; it is one that I am waiting to add to my personal DVD collection.

On a scale of 1 - 10 counting the number of bullets shot minus the number of people killed by the one in the movie seeking ultimate death, a very enjoyable and pleasing 8.

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