Sep 22

The Terminator

theterminatorGenre: Action / Sci-Fi
Year: 1984
Country: USA

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen


In the Year of Darkness, 2029, the rulers of this planet devised the ultimate plan. They would reshape the Future by changing the Past. The plan required something that felt no pity. No pain. No fear. Something unstoppable. They created ‘THE TERMINATOR’


In the near future, computers have taken over the world and there is a war between the human race and artificially intelligent machines… and the humans have the odds against them. The biggest strength of the humans is a military leader named John Connor.

The machines sends out a Terminator, a killing machine that looks like a human being, back to the year 1984 to hunt down Sarah Connor. Sarah is the one who will eventually become the mother of John Connor and the machines are sure to win the war if the Terminator is able to hunt her down and kill her. Her only hope is a human resistance fighter named Kyle Reese who is also sent back in time and his mission is to keep her safe at all costs.

The Terminator. Not only a sci-fi action classic, but also a huge part of my childhood. I’m not sure what I wanted to be the most when I was a kid, but a Terminator or Robocop would definitely be on top of my fantasy choices (considering how the latter was made, I would probably prefer the first choice). And regardless of how many times I watch this film, it still continues to entertain and impress me.

It was originally just another small budget sci-fi film that somehow ended up being a huge box office hit, even taking the #1 spot in the US for two weeks and made Arnold Schwarzenegger into a superstar and also launched the career of James Cameron, who of course would later go on to make big blockbusters like Titanic and Avatar.

Although the story isn’t perfect and has some plot holes, it’s the atmosphere and characters that make this movie come to life. The film has a dark, gritty atmosphere to it and there is a sense of our future being in real danger if the Terminator succeeds in killing Sarah Connor. It is exciting, thrilling and even frightening at times. Some might say that the special effects a bit dated by todays standards, but I still think they work and are effective enough.

The Terminator is now an icon and Arnold Schwarzenegger has never been as menacing as he is as this legendary killer machine. Even though she is still loved for her role as the young waitress Sarah Connor, I can’t say I’m very impressed with the acting by Linda Hamilton in this film and Michael Biehn isn’t that memorable as the main hero Kyle Reese either. Yet, the chemistry they have together make their characters work.

The action never stop, the sense of dread is always present and it even sport a very nice soundtrack that even has some songs sounding like it was made by Goblin. There’s not much more to say about this film, The Terminator is a classic that will be remembered forever. It is a great example of what a talented crew can do while working on what might look like a simple b-movie. If you for some reason haven’t seen The Terminator by now… then I feel sorry for you cause you are missing out.




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