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Originally, whilst writing the review for Predator, I thought that was Arnold Schwarzenegger's best role, however, one of my favourite actors of all time was at his absolute best in this movie! A must see for any action movie lovers!
The film is about a robot sent back through time to kill the mother of John Connor, whom will eventually lead the resistance against the machines in the war following Judgement Day. Judgement Day is the time when the Artificial intelligence (AI) of machinery created by human beings, surpass our intellect and control mechanisms, and launch nuclear missiles so that they can rule the world. The human resistance also sent back a soldier, however, in Kyle Reese, to fight the machine and help protect Sarah, John's mother. Kyle and Sarah must find a way to stop the unstoppable, and this robot will kill everyone and everything in order to complete his mission!
The film just basically depicts their fight against the Terminator, which is portrayed amazingly by Arnie and actually I do not believe any actor in the world could have portrayed the cold hearted machine better! There are some truly amazing action scenes here, such as the police station fight scene, when The Terminator locates where Reese and Connor have been arrested and imprisoned. The brutality of the Terminator is shown from the start when he destroys a group of punks, who do not know sadly that underneath the flesh outer layer he is a cold, metallic killing machine!
This is one of those movies that are classic, in a way, which I tend to be able to watch over and over again.
It's your basic time travel genre where a robot comes from the future to hunt down and destroy a person that has the ability to change the future.
In other words, in the year 2029 there is a raging war between humans and psycho robot terminators, after the robots, created by Skynet, have taken control over the world.
But skynet come up with the idea of sending one of the Terminators, ( Arnold Schwarzenegger), back to 1984 in order to find and kill the mother of the leader of the human resistance group, Sarah Conners, (Linda Hamilton) so that the humans never started to fight back.
Only the humans sent a fighter, Kyle Reese, (Michale Biehn),to follow the Terminator in order to save Sarah so that the robots could be fought in the future.
These Terminators can not be reasoned with. They show no pity. They are designed to do only one thing …. to Terminate humans and those that stand in their way
This is a great movie really, even if a little predictable in parts. Arnie does his usual acting, although playing the part of a Cyborg is handy as his acting can be a little robotic at the best of times. So this role really suited him.
It's got everything a good movie requires in order to keep the eyes on the screen. It has car chases, shoot outs, people running from murderous maniacs and a nice ending that really does sum up what stupidity really means. Plus, for the romantics out there, it has the lovey dovey bits with naked chests and a bit of bouncing. It's no Debbie does Dalls of course.
The director, James Cameron, has a few other good movie under his hat, Alien, Rambo Titanic and others, so you know he knows what he is doing.
The all round acting is nothing to be ashamed about either, with everyone doing their bits to keep this movie rolling on at a nice pace.
For me this is one of those movies that I can watch again as I really enjoyed it from start to finish, with the ending being one of those endings that, in today's PC world, would never be allowed to happen due to all the Health and Safety actions that we have to follow.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
The world is a different place in the year 2029, cyborg's and robots have taken over and thanks to Skynet who developed them they have killed out nearly all humans. The cyborg's are very human like and have real skin and hair making them hard to detect, they are known as Terminators. One in particular is sent back in time to 1984 to find and kill Sarah Connor.
Sarah Connor is a simple woman who works in a diner, she soon hears how the Sarah Connors of the area are being killed and she fears for her life. Sarah gets a shock when she is tracked down by Kyle Reece who at first she thinks is the killer but he soon explains that he is from the future and he is there to protect her from the Terminator. Sarah has no idea why she is being hunted but she accept Kyle's help and they flee.
Can Sarah and Kyle outsmart the Terminatorand save her life and will Sarah learn about her future and why she is being hunted?
This film has never really interested me as it is not my usual choice of storyline but as I have seen bits of it over the years and recently saw the latest instalment from the Terminator franchise I finally gave in and sat and watched the whole film. I did find the story was good but for me the film looked very dated and old now. I was very shocked when I looked this film up and found it was over 25 years old now! I found the storyline was quite easy to follow despite being set in the future and them moving back to the present day, we also got to see flashes of life in the future when Kyle was talking about how he lived and fought the ciboria and robots.
The role of Sarah Connor was played by Linda Hamilton and I found she did a pretty decent job. She was very shy and quiet at the start of the film and I loved watching her grow and become stronger as the story moved on. She did work well with the role of Kyle Reece and I loved the spark which there was between them both. Kyle was played by Michael Biehn and he was very good. He was a strong character and I loved how he was not phased by coming back to the pas and seeing how people lived before the robots and cyborgs took over. He had a good strength not only when fighting but also the way he took charge of the situation and it was all believable.
The Terminator was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and for me he was fantastic. He managed to show no emotions or remorse for the things he did and thankfully he hardly spoke so this made me enjoy watching him more. He made his movements quite robotic at times and for me this reminded me that he was a robot and not human. He was great working with the weapons and fight scenes and he did make them all realistic and good entertaining viewing. We did have some good support actors and they all gave good performances although none of the roles really stood out for me.
The film was made back in 1984 and this is very apparent right from the very beginning. The clothes and scenery all looked old and the costumes and hairstyles were at times comical. The special effects also dated this film as we could clearly see badly added backdrops and poor flying robot ships but given the age of this film I can forgive it and say that t is still worth a watch. One of the good things I found from the effects was when the Terminator lost his skin and was just a metal robot as this did actually look quite good until it started walking. The music was nothing special and the one recurring track when the Terminator cyborg was around did actually start to annoy me.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to mention. The running time of the film is 108 minutes and I found this to be quite long enough. The film has an 18 certificate and I do agree with this as it is very violent. The film can be bought on DVD for just a few pounds from sites such as Amazon and EBay but personally I would not pay to see this as it is shown quite a lot on the TV and Sky channels.
Despite the age and bad effects in this film I am still going to give it 3 stars as it does have a good storyline and good acting but for me I don't think it has dated very well. This is still a good start to the franchise and definitely worth a watch if you have never seen it.
The Terminator was the first film in a series of four and it came out in 1984. I saw the film not long after it came out and always thought I must have seen it a few times and therefore remembered it well. but watched it again yesterday on Sky Anytime as they have been showing a series of classic films on one of their stations, and realised I didn't remember much about the actual film at all, just the main bits like the scene with the eyeball, the police station, and the big truck. There was lots of the film and story that I had forgotten about and most of what was in my head about the film was actually from the second and third films in the series, not this one.
The film is very dated in the style of the costumes and hair, being early 80's the styles back then are so different to any other decade that you cant help but notice them, but over all it was still a gritty story, may be more gritty than the other two films that came later (I have the fourth on dvd but have yet to watch it, thought I would start at the beginning again and work my way through).
Arnold Swarzenegger plays the terminator, a cyborg machine with the outer shell of a human, who is sent back in time to find and kill Sarah Connor, a woman who would one day change the future to what it is hence they want her dead. This part is so right for Arnie, it is just perfect. He is mean and deadly all the way through and you definitely wouldn't want him after you with death on his mind.
Linda Hamilton plays Sarah Connor, she is good in this part as the woman who hears on the news that someone else called Sarah Connor has been murdered, then when a second one is killed also she starts to panic and tries to hide.
Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a man who has been sent back by those opposing the termination to save Sarah Connor's life.
I really enjoyed watching this film again, and wouldn't say no to watch it again as my OH didn't watch it yesterday and has said now that he would like to watch the lot again and then watch the fourth.
The film is rated a 15 in the UK and it runs for 108 minutes.
It is directed by James Cameron.
This was the film that thrust both Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron into the public eye overnight. And it's not surprising, because it is THAT good. Of all James Cameron's films, this is my personal favourite and I believe that it's his best. This was made on a low budget for its day, and is raw and Cameron at his best. This is also Arnold Schwarzenegger's best role as well, mostly because he is built like a making and makes for a pretty terrifying villain.
The film starts in 2029AD, when the world has been destroyed by nuclear war. There is now a fight for survival between the humans and the machines, and the humans at this time are almost winning, though it doesn't seem like it.
We cut to a screen informing us of the facts.
We then cut again, this time to 1984 (present day). There is an electrical disturbance at night near a truck, and after the disturbance stops, a 'man' can be seen kneeling, naked. That man is in fact a Terminator (Arnie), who is a seemingly unstoppable Cyborg assassin sent back from the future to destroy someone to alter the course of history.
Elsewhere, there is another electrical disturbance and another man arrives from the future. This time, it's a human resistance worker called Reese (Michael Biehn), who has been sent back to protect the target.
That target is the mother of the future resistance leader. Her name is Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) and she is a seemingly normal young woman who's life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. After several other killings, a warning is issued to Sarah, that she needs to get the police station.
Soon, she is being hunted by the Terminator, and she has to believe the seemingly insane story that Reese tells her in order to protect her. Together they go on the run, and are relentlessly pursued the Terminator, leading to several stunning action scenes and a thrilling, tense climax.
More than anything, this is about the action. It's just non stop from the moment the film starts to the moment it ends, and has some of the finest action scenes of any film in it, such as the nightclub and the police station, let alone the final scene. It also boasts some effects that, although now dated, were breakthrough at the time.
As with all James Cameron films, this is more about style and action the substance. However, there is enough characterization to pull this through, and the non stop pace allows this to fly along, not to mention the noticeable tension as the Terminator gets closer. This in my opinion is James Cameron's best film.
I first watched this film when I was about 8. My older sister found it in the video cupboard (how old do I feel mentioning videos!) and we popped it in, wondering what it was.
And this film started my long love affair of sci fi films.
This is the Terminator, a robot sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor and stop the launch of Skynet, a global system that means the machines go nuts and start attacking people. Another man was sent back, he is John Connor's father...but he isn't born yet. John sent him back in time to find his mother and get her pregnant with him, as John is the leader of the Resistance, and is a needed person.
Ok, first things first...Naked Arnie....not a lot wrong with that. The film is so much more than a seemingly difficult to follow story, it also follows the change in the life of Sarah, a klutzy waitress who goes from clumsy to commando in the space of two hours. Sounds pretty unbelievable if you ask me. But somehow it happens, and somehow it works. Knowing she is the future of the rest of the human race seems to spur her on into protecting an as-yet-unconceived child who saves the human race.
It's pretty unbelievable, which must by why what happens in T2 happens. But that would be ruining it.
This is a good film if you have a couple of hours to kill, it's well written and put together with some very unexpected humour throughout. And it works, somehow the mismatch works. And that's why I like it
The Terminator is a low budget sci-fi horror film that was made way back in 1984 by James Cameron.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shot to stardom in his role as a killer cyborg sent from the future to kill the mother (Linda Hamilton) of an unborn child who is supposed to go on to be the leader of the human race to fight machines in a nuclear war.
Also sent back in time, by the human race, is a soldier (Michael Beihn) sent to protect her.
This was one of them films that I stayed up watching as a child when I wasn't supposed to and I enjoyed every minute of it!
The mood is very dark and eerie and has the appropriate feeling of a science fiction horror film.
The cinematography contributes toward this with a gritty look to the film that gives out a total feeling of a nightmarish and doomed situation.
Schwarzenegger is great in a rare role playing an evil character, the cyborg.
Linda Hamilton is also very good as the disillusioned soon to be mother that's thrust right into the middle of a nightmare situation.
Another great performance is by Michael Beihn playing the soldier sent back to protect her. His character doesn't go through a lot of emotion as he has been taught to "disconnect it" to keep fighting for the world and he can come across as very domineering but for very good reason given the circumstances!
The direction and script is great by Cameron and this film doesn't feel low budget at all.
Even the SFX are good for it's time, although if you watch it today, they do look very dated. But I remember watching this before T2 came along and was very impressed.
After all, in what low budget flick do you ever see a metal skeleton robot convincingly walking around and an actor having flawless battle damage makeup applied to his face without it looking fake? Superb!
This film also features one of cinema's most famous catchphrases "I'll be back" said by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the scene to follow that is to be seen to be believed.
There is plenty of action to be had here but the action scenes are not done in a way that it would provoke the audience to think they are "cool" but in a way that you want the two leading characters to escape the nightmare that's chasing them and you are with them all the way through!
This is a solid science fiction horror film and you are doing yourself an injustice if you haven't seen this one yet, especially if you are a movie fan.
It's one of the landmark films of the 1980's and certainly in Arnold's career!
Ok I confess... I watched Terminator & Terminator 2 before their rating permitted. Slapped wrist for me. But that was many, many years ago. Maybe I can make amends with this review, because my 'crime' did not stop there... oh no. I actually used to preach to anyone willing to debate all things terminator that #2 was one of the very few examples of where sequels surpass their predecessor! I know; the naivety of youth. I have now seen the light. I can now shake my head in bewilderment at the folly of my ways. I am now a film connoisseur. I now recognise that The Terminator is a classic, cult, eerie, dark, gritty, suspenseful techno thriller. I still love Terminator 2; the special effects improved a whole lot more, it has a great storyline, acting and some very cool moments but it also had moments of humour injected into it (and a whiney, pre-pubescent John Connor). It took the edge off of what remains a potentially chilling subject. I must not get drawn into the diabolicality that this series has become with # 3. Must not.... I am still savouring judgement on #4.
I have a collection of films. These are not a scattergun collection, it is a highly refined selection of films I can watch time and time again. Full of what I would refer to as 'old favourites'. On a recent viewing of Terminator, at it had maybe been 3 years since I had last seen it, I felt genuine suspense and on-the-edge-of-my-seat ness. Arnie was at his most formidable; silent for most of the movie. Genuinely menacing. Little emotion. The concept of a machine/robot in the form of a human (and lets face it, even an advanced machine would lack some of the subtleties and tact that humans possess) is portrayed perfectly. Other than the famous "I'll be Back" quote, there are no one liners to water down the noir of this film. Many films, and Arnie's latters are prime example, overdose and pride themselves into cramming as many one liners in as possible. James Bond at its pinnacle of naff (Moonraker) for example, managed several 'gentleman's triples' whereby 3 sets of dialogue in a row are 1 liners. This is not a measure of success! Nor does overuse of a classic one liner. "I'll be back" in # 1: Great! An iconic one liner. "I'll be back" in # 2: what I would class as a nice touch ; linking the films whilst still retaining meaning and icon status. "I'll be back", "she'll BE back", "THEY'LL be back", "Ow, me' back!" in #3 effectively raped this brilliant one liner from earlier films and bought it's credibility crashing down amongst Roger Moore status.
So what makes a good one liner in a successful context? Looking at The Terminator which pulls it off awesomely, "I'll be back" was said with no raised eyebrow, no trace of wittiness, no trace of humour. It was memorable, haunting, timeless (that one is key). It was not clever. It did not hold any ulterior motive, hidden meaning or double entendre. It was 'badass' in its purest extreme. So the combination of those things and its simplicity made it work. Terminator 2 was less successful with 'Hasta la Vista baby'. I don't recall anyone talking like that in early 90's let alone 15 years later. And good god, in # 3 "Talk to the hand..." wasn't the Terminator supposed to be from the future, not 1997 when "talk to the hand" was funny? (actually I recall it was more annoying than funny, even in 1997).
Hmmm I've gone off on a tangent, back to the film. Micheal Biehn (Kyle Reece) in this film is very cool and idolistic. He has stood the test of time in his acting, character, and purpose in this film. Perhaps that's another reason why this film suppresses its sequels: we could understand the viewpoint of a human battling against machines much more than we could a machine vs. a machine in the sequels. You can genuinely rally to Kyle Reece's cause through his faultless performance. Together with James Cameron's impeccable writing & directing, this has to be one of the all time great sci fi's despite its 1984 restrictions on budget & special effects.
My favourite scene, in fact one of my all time favourite movie scenes, has to be in the tech-noir club when the Terminator is homing in on Sarah Conner. There is a very simple but effective scene, full of tension and suspense, heavily increased by the music (80's rock: Burnin' in the third degree Tahnee Cain & Tryanglz- one would think that this is hardly sinister) going very tinny and echoey and the camera work switching to slow motion. Its an incredibly powerful movie moment. Look out for it, then rewind and look out for it again to appreciate this mastery of cinema.
On a side note, and only partially related to the review, I am usually very sceptical of films starting with the word 'The'. To me it often conjures up images a real Hollywood turkey. The Core, The Cave, The Transporter to name a few. In my head I just hear that deep, tenor, growly, testosterone'd movie trailer voice announcing a cheesy tagline and then a "the" title. I then have to recall The Terminator - perhaps made at a time before the "the" movie downfall occurred. It breaks this trend, and I force myself to continue with such riskily titled movies.
Note: Originally written for Amazon.co.uk by myself. Reworded & reworked for use here.
James Cameron's classic 1984 sci-fi action movie sees Arnold Schwarzenegger cast as a cyborg killing machine with a metal endoskeleton sent back in time by Skynet, a manmade computer defense network that became self aware and instigated a nuclear holocaust to wipe out humanity, in order to kill a woman named Sarah Connor before she can give birth to John Connor, a man who will go on to lead the human resistance against the machines after the nukes have fallen.
Meanwhile, Connor sends back his most trusted lieutenant, Kyle Reese (played brillantly by Michael Biehn) to protect his mother Sarah (Linda Hamilton) from the merciless cyborg as it works it way through the local phone directory, slaughtering anyone unfortunate to share her full name.
There are lots of great action scenes throughout, such as one in which Arnie opens fire on Sarah and Reese in a nightclub, blowing away innocent bystanders left right and center, and a tense chase in which Arnie blazes away with a machinegun at the fleeing pair's car whilst Reese hurls home-made pipebombs at the relentless cyborg. Then there's the police station scene, in which Arnie takes on an entire department of heavily armed LAPD cops with predictably bloody results.
The film is full on tension and hugely exciting, with lots of dark moody lighting and a creepy, dystopian feel to it, and the spot-on casting and excellent photography make for a hugely engaging viewing experience. The alternately gloomy and jarring score adds to the atmosphere further, making Terminator one of the best action films that the 80s would produce.
I've recently seen the Terminator as an indicator of changing times and attitudes. When I was a kid, and the Terminator was a brand new movie, it was rated 18, and it was one of those films that everyone knew as being very violent, and not for kids. Last time I checked though, the film had been re-rated as a 15 (possibly even a 12 by now), and I wouldn't be surprised if you soon see it as a weekend afternoon movie.
The thing is, it really isn't that violent. There are a couple of murders, and the odd bystander getting hit, but apart from that, it's not gory, there's not an over abundance of gore, very little swearing, and only, as they say these days, 'scenes of mild peril'.
The story is fairly simple. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a mild mannered waitress, will in the future have a son named John Connor. He will lead a human resistance against an uprising of machines, and by all accounts, it sounds like he will be winning. The machines are run by a master computer called Skynet, which stumbles across the secret of time travel, and calculates that the best way to ensure the machines win, is to send a cyborg assassin called a terminator (Arnold Schwartzenegger) back in time, to kill Sarah Connor before she can give birth to her son, meaning he will not grow up to be the great leader he was meant to.
The human resistance discover this plot, so send a soldier of their own back in time to protect Sarah from the terminator. The soldier that they send back, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), in a bizarre twist of fate, ends up falling in love with Sarah, and as a result of their union, they have a child.....
I think that the original intention of the film, apart from to tell a fantastic and action packed tale, of course, was to highlight our over dependency on machines. At many points throughout the movie, the director, James Cameron, focuses on machines, like garbage trucks and diggers and so on, and gives them the feel of being menacing - especially when he segues to the future war segments. These bits are usually Reese's dreams, but show us the post apocalyptic nightmare in which the humans fight for survival against the machines. These are my favourite parts of the film, as they are pure action and special effects.
Arnie is perfect in his role as the Terminator. He only has around three or four lines in the whole movie, which suits him perfectly, as he can just allow his massive physique and stony face to do all the talking. Linda Hamilton plays Sarah well, as a scared out of her mind, simple girl, who during the film, steadily becomes more of a bad ass, resulting in the Sarah we will see in T2.
The soundtrack is massively beneficial to the film, with music that sounds like gears and metal grinding on metal. The theme tune is a classic that everyone knows, and is instantly memorable.
This film is a sci-fi classic, that if you are a fan of film, it is imperative that you watch!
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The Terminator is a seminal science fiction film and without a doubt one of the best ever made. It's also the film that shot James Cameron to fame, and allowed him to make the later classics Aliens, Titanic, and of course, the brilliant Terminator 2, and upcoming sci fi Avatar. This is also a triumph of independent cinema, being produced on a rather small budget and making a colossal return.
The film revolves around Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a young woman who realises that other women called Sarah Connor in the area are being murdered. The perpetrator? A vicious machine called The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) that has a human skin covering its machine parts - thus, it's the ultimate infiltration machine, able to move about without being detected, with a wealth of weaponry and supreme strength. It cannot be stopped seemingly, and will not, until Sarah is dead.
Soon enough she meets Kyle Reese (Michael Beihn), a resistance fighter sent back through time to ensure that Sarah is not killed, because she holds the key to the human race's survival - she will get pregnant with the leader of the resistance, John. Therefore, she must live and give birth to him, or the machines will crush the humans in the years that follow.
The Terminator is a brilliant and extremely clever film that's also a masterclass in how to create tension and suspense. At the time, it was deemed more a horror film than an actioner. The unrelenting screen presence of Schwarzenegger as an unstoppable murderer makes this well worth a watch, if not for the relentless action scenes and stunning set pieces for such a miniscule budget.
One of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. Everything about this film is fantastic, low budget and all. It has hokey visual effects, but given the low budget, it's quite acceptable.
The Terminator is an absolute classic film from the 1980's. It is set in modern day 1984 (current at the time).
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a normal young woman going about her everyday life. Unbeknownst to her, she is of vital importance to the future of the Human Race. The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been sent back in time from the year 2029 by an Artificially Intelligent, self aware computer, named "Skynet" hell bent on the distruction of Humanity. His mission is to "Terminate" Sarah Connor before she can give birth to her son John Connor who will go on to lead the resistance & eventually defeat the machines. A human resistance soldier, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), has been sent back in time to protect Sarah from The Terminator & ensure her survival.
This is an exceptional film. It does owe some of it's inspiration to two episodes of The Twilight Zone television show, but it's a classic in it's own right. The acting throughout the film is very good. The action scenes are both tense & explosive. Most improtantly the film still stands up to todays standards. With the exception of one scene (Schwarzanegger repairing his eye) all the shots & special effects do not look ropey or old fashioned.
The film has spawned three sequels plus 2 series of a television series & does not seem to be decreasing in popularity. It shouldn't either as it is a great film!
What a film. 1984 brought us something special, a film that had an actor of such immensity that had never been seen before. Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of the truly last great 'action' movie stars that hasn't been since the Willis, Stallone era. True movie icons. This film was made for Arnold without a doubt.
'The Terminator' if you didn't know already is about a 'killing machine', a cybernetic organism with a mission. A machine that doesn't stop until the mission priority is complete without fail. That is a short summary of what you can expect from watching The Terminator. A 'person' you would not want after you.
This is the first in the 'trilogy', the darkest, and most adult orientated of the three. Be prepared if you haven't seen this film already. It draws you in from the opening scenes, and simply blows you away. James Cameron made the perfect movie and brought with it the perfect cast which has stood the test of time and said by many to be a true classic. One of the tightest stories you will witness on screen.
You have mankind trying to survive, trying to change the past so that they have a future. And against them, you have the machines, opposing their creators. Within the future that is know in the film, it is so terrifying that you believe in real life that it could come true. James Cameron was on to a real winner here. The way it was directed and written shows true imagination and talent.
Now, before I continue to praise the skills from behind the scenes the film without the cast wouldn't have probably been the film it was. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn get so involved in their roles that you won't doubt for a minute that this was a genuine.
Schwarzenegger acts without emotion, walks and talks as if you would truly believe he was a terminator. Hamilton & Biehn also showing why they were chosen for their roles. The change in Hamilton throughout the film is amazing. What a change in character.
As you'll know from my reviews I don't go on and on about the plot, why ruin it for many that haven't already watched it right?
So, instead I'll say 'But it'! It is a bargain. For you or as a gift. Anyone would appreciate it.
This version, the 'Definitive Edition' has it all. 2 DVD's. Everything you could want and expect in a version of this name. An epic amount of effort went into making it. Remastered Audio/Picture. Commentaries. Deleted scenes. Perfect for the fan and movie collector.
5 out of 5.
The film which started the ball rolling for the franchise which is now, in 2009, once again the hottest thing in the movie industry.
Made on by far the smallest budget by a group of unknowns, the story and adventure feel make this arguably the strongest of the series.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as the monosyllabic killing machine from the future, sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of the leader of the human resistance, before he is even conceived. But Sarah is not alone. Kyle Reese, (Michael Biehn) a resistance soldier, is sent back through time to protect her, and together Sarah and Kyle unwittingly conceive the same unborn saviour of humanity that they are trying so hard to protect. As Sarah (Linda Hamilton in a now-iconic role) says at the end; "A person could go crazy thinking about this!"
At its core, The Terminator is a flat-out action/sci-fi/chase movie. Look deeper at it and you could go on forever with the ifs, buts, maybes etc.
Arnie has never been better than here, where his physicality does much of the talking. He also proves himself to be a much underrated facial actor, and a lot of thought went into his portrayal as the cyborg assassin.
Michael Biehn's career would never quite live up to the success of this film, but he shines here as the hardened guerilla fighter.
Hamilton is perhaps the true star of the whole series, and the character certainly endures the most powerful character arc.
A high-energy, high intensityadventure sure to please any Arnie or sci-fi fan, and smarter than the average mainstream actioner.
*This is a film only review*
The Terminator is a strange franchise. After 2 very successful films, we heard nothing more for years. Then, suddenly a 3rd film landed on our laps, and now the fourth film is currently doing the rounds to a mixed response. However, it was Titanic director James Cameron who envisioned the original film, and made it the sci-fi classic that it has become.
45 years in the future, after a nuclear holocaust, human beings are far and few between. The machines have taken over, courteousy of an organisation called Skynet, and only a few human beings are in the resistance against them. Leading that resistance is John Connor. In order to stop him from being born, Skynet send a terminator back in time to destroy his mother before he is born.
Present day (or 1984 - as it were at the time); A killer simply known as "the phone book killer" is picking off Sarah Connor's at will. The one he is searching for though is a waitress, and she's the last remaining Sarah Connor. She finds herself on the run from a machine who has been built in the form of a human, but is guided by another figure from the future who actually is a human. The person is Kyle, who ha sent by John Connor to stop anything happening to his mother before he is born. Unbeknown to Connor though, Kyle has more to do with his birth than he might ever know.
I always have trouble with time travel films. I always question it to death, asking "how's that" and "if that happened, why didn't that change" and on and on it goes. The Terminator manages to maintain an element of tongue in cheek by presenting those very questions. As Sarah herself says "it could drive a person crazy". It really could. My one question everytime is; if a person goes back in time and changes something, when they are back in their own time why dont they remember that the changed event happened.
James Cameron is responsible for co-writing and directing this mini-masterpiece. The film is well paced and remains exciting from start to finish. It also stretches the incredible finale in such a way that it throws in the requisite shocks without stretching our patience. The special effects are nothing on today's, but are superb for the time, and only really show weakness when we witness the terminator's rubbery face coming apart.
Arnold Schwarzenneger is in one of his most famous roles here, and would pick up the tab twice more. Here, he is the bad guy, and he stalks and stomps over his victims without any remorse. A badder killing machine we have rarely seen on the big screen. The big guy rarely deviates from this type of role, which is just as well because he isn't the worlds most talented actor, but in this type of role he is just right.
Linda Hamilton is reknowned for her role in the two films, but she didn't get the credibility from her wimpy role in this one. Much of the saving is left to her sidekick, Kyle, who is played ably by Michael Biehn. Her character doesn't get much growth until film 2, but her sweetness in this film seems authentic and organic enough. It helps that Hamilton is naturally beautiful as well. You can take her seriously as sweetness and light, and also buy into it when she kicks off.
This is one of the most remarkable films of the 1980's, becoming both a critical and commercial success. Viewed now, it has dated in comparison to the first sequel Judgement Day. Comparative to many of the films released the same year though, it looks terrific and is still a treat to watch. The violence is considerable, so it might not be ideal for the kids, but I'm sure they'll lap up the action anyway.
The Terminator was the film that cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's place in the action-brawn firmament, and both his and the movie's subsequent iconic status are well deserved. He's chilling as the futuristic cyborg that kills without fear, without love, without mercy. James Cameron's story and direction are pared to the bone and are all the more chillingly effective for it. But don't overlook the contribution of Linda Hamilton, who more than holds her own as the Terminator's would-be victim, Sarah Connor, thus creating--along with Sigourney Weaver in Alien--a new generation of rugged, clear-thinking female action stars. The film's minimalist, malevolent violence is actually scarier than that of its far more expensive, more effects-laden sequel. --Anne Hurley, Amazon.com On the DVD: Rejoice, The Terminator is back, better looking and louder than ever. After years of inferior VHS versions, the cleaned-up print of this DVD is a revelation, as is the digitally remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack: from the opening MGM lion's roar to the crunch of Arnie's boots and the pounding of Brad Fiedel's techno-industrial score, both picture and sound are of a quality that belie the movie's age. The first disc has the movie plus a DVD-ROM feature containing three different versions of the screenplay, which can be read scene-by-scene along with the film. On the second disc there are seven deleted scenes, including a fascinating foreshadowing of Sarah Connor's mission in T2, as well as trailers and TV spots. There are also two "making of" featurettes, one being an 18-minute piece from 1992 based around a friendly at-home chat with Cameron and Schwarzenegger ("We did the first Terminator for the cost of your motor home on the second film", jokes director to actor). The hour-long "Other Voices" featurette is an in-depth montage of cast and crew reminiscences covering all aspects of the production from its initial genesis as a fevered nightmare to the "guerrilla" filmmaking of getting the final shots. Script collaborator Bill Wisher neatly sums up the movie as "It's a Wonderful Life, with guns". The second disc also contains a stills archive of production photographs, James Cameron's amazing original conceptual artwork, plus his first story treatment. If you own a player, how can you resist? After all, the Terminator movies are what DVD was invented for. --Mark Walker