"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is a 2003 science fiction action film directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, and Claire Danes. The film is the third installment in the "Terminator" franchise, following "The Terminator" (1984) and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991).
The film takes place several years after the events of "Terminator 2" and follows John Connor (Nick Stahl), who is now in his twenties and living off the grid to avoid detection by Skynet, the artificial intelligence that seeks to destroy humanity. However, Skynet has sent a new, advanced Terminator model, the T-X (Kristanna Loken), back in time to kill John and his future lieutenants. Meanwhile, a reprogrammed T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back to protect John and his future wife, Kate Brewster (Claire Danes).
As the T-X pursues John and Kate, they must work with the T-800 to stay alive and prevent Skynet from becoming fully operational. The film culminates in a final showdown between the T-X and the T-800, with John and Kate's survival and the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the action sequences and special effects while others criticized the plot and character development. However, the film was a commercial success, grossing over $433 million worldwide. The film is notable for being the last time Schwarzenegger played the role of the T-800 until 2015's "Terminator Genisys".