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The Terminator (1984) – Movie Review

What a way to start to October. I have watched this film so many times, but what I didn’t know is that The Terminator is a sci-fi horror film, which makes it perfect for the beginning of October. Although it’s dated nowadays, The Terminator is still a fun action thriller that set the stage for the franchise.

The Terminator sees the titular cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose son, John Conner, will one day become a savior against machines in a post-apocalyptic future. At the same time, Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future, is also sent back in time to protect Sarah.

James Cameron does an excelllent job in bringing his vision to life and uses time travel plot to add something new. What I also love about this film is that it’s an intense cat-and-mouse thriller in which Sarah must be protected from the cybrog sent to kill her. 

The techincal aspects are brilliant for the most part. The cinematography is great as the camera work is very smooth and expertly handled and the music is phenominal, with the theme song being iconic. The script also deserves some praise as it features one of the best stories every put on a sci-fi film and the dialogue is well written as well.

The performances are great, with Arnold Schwarzenegger elevating the movie. He’s very compelling as the titular Terminator as he comes off as intimidating and scary. Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn are great and they share beautiful chemistry. I also loved how the effects team brought the Terminator to life and the action sequences are entertaining to watch.

Unfortunately, there are some aspects that a bit dated. Some of the effects don’t hold up. The Terminator himself doesn’t have much personality and the cat and mouse aspect can be quite repetitve. The editing can be a bit choppy. Still, The Terminator is still a well-crafted and an influencial action film that shows Cameron at the peak of his talent and it’s still a classic.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½ 

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