Movie Title: The Terminator
Date Released: October 26th, 1984
Date Seen: May 2nd, 2012
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
The movie follows Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) being protected by a man sent from the future, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn). She is being chased by a “terminator” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to hunt her down and kill her. The movie gives a nice background as to why she is the one being hunted, what happened to the world in the future, and a great description/explanation of the terminators. This movie is action packed, but spends a lot of time developing this well thought out universe. It really helps you get immersed in the Terminator world. It also helps make the sequel, Terminator 2, an even better film (in my opinion) than this one. They are both great movies, with this one laying a grand part of the framework for the second film, allowing it to focus way more on the action which I love. Never the less, this one has enough action to keep you engaged and watching the movie till the very end. You WANT to know everything you can about the future world and what brought upon the rise of the machines. You are just like Sarah – thirsting for as much knowledge as you can get about the future world. It’s great. Because of that, you really get attached to Sarah and Reese and want everything to go well for them. It’s very nicely done.
This movie does the time travel aspect well, wrapping events we see in the “present” time into something that happens in the future (like a picture for example). It’s very neatly done. As always, if you look for holes in the time travel aspect you can find them, but don’t bother yourself with them.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There is a good plot synopsis here.
There’s really only one scene in this movie that I *hated*. And it’s just a personal preference. I cannot stand scenes where people are making fun of someone else for their ideas/delusions. So, the entire police station scene I cannot stand. Even though the Terminator breaks in and proves to them they’re all idiots, essentially, I just hate watching scenes like that. It makes me uncomfortable. They’re also so often seen in movies that I’m always like “oh come on we know EXACTLY where this is going.”
A good action film with a well developed plot line, time travel, explosions, battles, great one liners, etc.