In the Dark

They’re Back

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Produced and distributed by Warner Brothers 
Directed by Jonathan Mostow
Screenplay by John Brancato, Michael Ferris, and Tedi Sarafian

The Hulk
Produced and distributed by Universal Pictures
Directed by Ang Lee
Screenplay by John Turman, Michael France, and James Schamus

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Walt Disney Pictures 
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Screenplay by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio 
Distributed by The Walt Disney Company

In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered three words that became his signature: “I’ll be back.”  Uttered tonelessly by The Arnold, the line was wholly ambiguous.  While it served notice that the Terminator would return to complete his mission no matter what obstacles stood in his mechanically plodding way, it was not at all clear whether this was a promise or a threat.  And there was another question: Was The Arnold talking in his character’s voice or in his own?  Rarely has there been so little difference between a performer and his screen persona.  Both are relentless, although, as the driven determinator of his own success, The Arnold has a clear edge on...

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