The Terminator (1984)
USA / English
"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 TERMINAT"A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.
Nice night for a walk.
Is there a better person to play a cyborg than Arnold? For this movie he
was a massively built oak tree of a man. His strange accent makes for a
perfect callous robotic sounding killing machine. It's almost like his
voice is a computer read out ( which I guess it is in one sense ).
Terminator is one of those films that started something huge. People
realize it at the time, but the careers of Arnold, Cameron and perhaps
guys like Micahel Biehn, Lance Henriksen and even Bill Paxton were
substantially started because of this film. And Cameron must have liked
working with them so much that he gave all of them substantial roles in
next film ( Aliens ).
As we all know what the story is, I'll just tell you a bit about what is
fascinating about it. First I have to mention Michael Biehn. He has the
real starring role. He is the character that has to explain everything to
the audience. He has to explain this complicated story so that we know
is happening and why. It is not an easy job to do something like that and
still come off looking all right. But Biehn is simply awesome in this
A microcosm of his performance can be seen when Sara bites him. Biehn (
Kyle Reese ) replies " Terminator's don't feel pain. I do. Don't do that
again. " That is such a great line delivered with the perfect expression,
the perfect tone and the perfect timing. Biehn is perfect for the
This is also the first film that I saw as a youngster that ever warned me
the dangers of nuclear war and of the rapid advancements of machinery.
Perhaps I was too young and naive to fully understand all that James
was trying to say, but now that I am older, I can honestly say that the
Terminators are perfect anti nuke films. And they are so passionate with
what they have to say. I like it when a film has something to say. I
being entertained in the process but if you can manage both then you have
masterpiece. This is a masterpiece.
Finally. there are two other reasons to enjoy this film. One, this is the
first film where "I'll be back" was spoken. Now it is part of Arnolds
vernacular. Secondly, Bill Paxton is in it. And he adds spark to any
that he's in. Especially here, as the idiot punk leader that really gets
the hell beat out of him, he has some great lines.
A great film.
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