There's a certain, sad sci-fi irony when one considers that the first Terminator
film to feature a robot with a human heart is also the first film in the series that feels like it has no soul. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
was no masterpiece, but at least Jonathan Mostow's direction was fairly assured, and the grim apocalyptic coda still felt loyal to James Cameron's original, technologically paranoid concept. The spark was still there, even if it had already begun to fade.
Unfortunately, it takes more than competent direction and a few nukes to follow the vision of certified sci-fi genius, and many opinionated fans made no attempt to mas...