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The Terminator

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

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The Future Is Now.

  • Apr 17, 2003
Rating:
+3
Just about everything that can be said about THE TERMINATOR has been said already. That in itself is a testament to the quality of the film and how monumental it has become. When this movie was made, Arnold Schwarzeneggar was just an up and coming action/adventure star who was still best known for his body building days; James Cameron was a little known director that the studios didn't trust enough to give him the type of budget he needed; and the phrase "I'll be back" was what people said when they left the house to go get groceries. THE TERMINATOR changed all that vaulting the careers of Arnold and Cameron and making "I'll be back" a part of the American vernacular. The film had a rather limited budget, but surprisingly the movie holds up rather well even after nearly two decades after it's making; some of the "cheap sfx shots" (e.g. The Terminator fixing his flesh and eyes) look better than some modern million dollar special effects shots. The story is strong and holds the movie together. Also, though this is an action movie, the acting is rather well done. About the only negative part of the film is the cheesy techno soundtrack and score; the music is about the only thing that dates the film. A great science fiction/action film and a film that anyone who is interested in American popular culture should watch.

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review by . December 20, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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.
review by . July 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This movie is a movie I will always cherish as my dad always quoted this movie!
review by . November 13, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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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