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The Terminator

James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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  • Jul 29, 2010
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Well before James Cameron was making movies about giant smurfs he sent a body building cyborg back in time to kill Sarah Connor. In the year 2029 a war between the humans and the machines (Skynet) rages on. Led by the series' messiah, John Connor; the humans hand a crippling blow to Skynet insuring their victory. The machine's solution, of course, is to send a robot that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger back to 1984 to kill Connor's mother, Sarah Connor, before he is born. Connor responds by sending Cpl Hicks back to the same time to protect her. After they show up in the past you get to see Arnold's gizmo, then after he gets clothes alot of badassery happens, like Arnold systematically hunting down and assassinating every Sarah Connor in the Los Angeles phone book, running a car through a police station and Kyle Reese teaching Sarah Connor how to make pipe bombs and then impregnating her. That's right.... John Connor's best bud goes back in time, bones his mom and conceives him. Sounds creepy, but not as creepy as going on a date with your mom and having her get drunk and hitting on you -- that's right, McFly, I'm talking to you -- and it's actually something I like about the series. The mechanics of time traveling in the Terminator universe for the most part revolve around the idea that the time may incur variances and changes in minor things like names and dates, but it will preserve itself as a whole. Yeah, in Terminator they stop the machine and all is well, but two bigger things happened. Sarah Connor became pregnant with John in the middle of being shown a taste of what is to come for man kind and she makes it her life's mission to instil a sense of survival and leadership in her son. AND key components of the machine are left behind to be discovered, researched and reversed engineered by the company that in the future forms a government contract to build the missile defense system, Skynet. Throughout the series and various directors that principal has carried on, in T2 they destroy the previously mentioned components and convince the guy writing Skynet's AI to delete everything and stop his work (he also gets killed), in T3, T4 and the Sarah Connor Chronicles it turns out that both sides have carried the war into the past in attempts to assassinate and protect key members of the human leadership other than John Connor while they are still just civilians. And with all the fighting and destruction and attempts to (in sense of those fighting the war) change the present by altering the past every thing pretty much plays out the way it should. Skynet DOES go online and attempt to wipe out humans in an eerily beautiful nuclear holocaust in T3 and as shown across the whole series, while John does become leader of the resistance, there will always be someone there to protect him and make sure he fulfills his destiny as well. While the last two were kind of S-Bombs as a whole they are pretty good, but The Terminator really set off the 80s action movie genre as well as Schwarzenegger's acting career. T2 was also a great flick and was one of the 1st movies to effectively use extensive computer graphics but the first one really set the whole thing off and really was the best of the series.

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review by . December 20, 2012
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The Terminator has been one of those movies that I've been a fan of since the 90's, and it seems like with age, you end up loving it even more. With Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies, I consider this among his absolute best, second only to the mighty Total Recall.      It's also interesting to note that if you ask around a lot of Terminator fans, most will tell you that Terminator 2: Judgment Day is their favorite movie. If you would have asked me this question about …
review by . October 11, 2010
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The original Terminator.  The cold blooded killer from the future.  You could give him a date with Brazilian and Swedish supermodels, give him an Aston Martin full of gold Krugerrand, promise Peace in the Middle East or give him a whole Caribbean island to himself, and it wouldn't matter.  He has one job, he will find you and he will kill you.      In the near future, mankind was hit with a nuclear war by intelligent machines.  Humans were rounded up …
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
Great memorable scenes and lines. A classic with room for thought behind the action.
Quick Tip by . August 01, 2010
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Chilling and grim look at a machine future with a lone warrior protecting a lone woman from a lone killer. Arnold's acting muscles get to flex here and it's minimalist violence and budget impress people more then it's flashier but still terrific sequel.
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
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This movie is a movie I will always cherish as my dad always quoted this movie!
review by . November 13, 2009
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I should have known that when a blu-ray disc was selling for under $10 that something was wrong. Sure enough, the picture quality is pretty much the same as a regular DVD. The fact that it's selling for such a low price probably means that somebody is wising up and will soon issue a better quality blu-ray version. My advice is to pass up on this offer and instead wait for the definitive treatment.
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2009
Dark sci fi action film about a hero sent back in time from a bleak future to protect a woman who's child will save man kind. Awesome film.
review by . November 02, 2007
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The French language edition of this cult classic.  You know the movie, here it is in French.  It is amusing to listen to Arnold speaking in the language of love, killing machine that he is. ;']  Enjoy - Amusez-vous bien!
review by . June 09, 2007
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Alright, The Terminator is a classic that helped proppel Arnold S and director Cameron to fame, so I won't bother reviewing the movie because I give it 5 stars all the way, even though I prefer T2.     Okay let's be serious. If you're expecting to get a new DVD edition you're wrong. This is still the same DVD as the last release. Nothing new except now it has a nice sleeve. Now if you don't own a copy and you want the sleeve (Like me) this is good, but if you already own the …
review by . January 27, 2005
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I remember going to this movie thinking it would put me to sleep. After all, back then Arnold was just a muscle guy who had made Pumping Iron and then the not too good, Conan the Barbarian. Boy was I wrong! This movie hooked me from the opening scene and even Arnold's stiff sounding dialogue was perfect for the cyborg he was playing!     The chase scenes and narrow escapes had my heart pounding throughout the film!    There were many scenes in this film that …
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James Cameron's THE TERMINATOR is one of the tightest, tensest sci-fi films ever made and a landmark in the genre. In the year 2029, battles rage between the super intelligent machines that rule the world and the last vestiges of humanity. In late-20th-century Los Angeles, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) suddenly finds herself stalked by an unstoppable killing machine--a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sent from the future to kill her and her unconceived son, John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance. Sarah can rely only on Reese (Michael Biehn), a soldier sent from the future to protect her from the seemingly indestructible Terminator and save humanity. This low-budget masterpiece was the breakthrough film for director Cameron, who weds special effects, thrills, and understated romance to create one of the finest action films of the 1980s, which spawned many imitations but few equals. Science fiction author Harlan Ellison sued over the film's similarities to his own works, especially the OU...
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