Tuesday, October 29, 2019


 The Terminator is directed by James Cameron and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, and Paul Winfield. The plot of the movie is a seemingly indestructible robot is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a young waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against sentient machines, while a human soldier from the same war is sent to protect her at all costs.    One thing this movie does really well is that it hooks you right away. Not a lot of films can really suck you in within the first two minutes, but as soon as you see the opening text and then you hear The Terminator theme it will get you pumped up, but it also has this element of doom and danger lurking around the corner. The Terminator is such a great antagonist if you really hate or fear the villain or if the villain is such a challenge to the hero that you honestly don't know how the hero is going to defeat them that to me is one of the best things you can do in a movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays this character perfectly. This is just a very physical performance The Terminator doesn't speak that much and that is just so intimidating. This thing has been sent back in time to do one thing kill it has no remorse it has no sympathy it has been programmed to kill. When he does speak his Austrian accent fits The Terminator it's just so robotic like and menacing. The performance, the voice, the look, everything is so intimidating. So I would say that is the main reason why this movie works.    Another reason the movie works is the pacing not once was I bored in this movie. Not once did I ever feel like the movie was rushed or moving to slow. The first act of the movie there isn't that much violence or action but it takes its time in the first act to build-up the characters, the setting, and the tension. By the time that Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor actually get together and try to fight The Terminator and Sarah Connor learns about The Terminator, we are so invested into the characters and the story that the movie can really take off.    The action scenes are extremely well done and there are two types of action scenes in this movie you have the ones that take place in 1984 and then you have the ones that take place in 2029. The action scenes that take place in 1984 are the most memorable because you are invested in the characters and the story, but the action in 2029 with the laser blast and seeing that stop-motion animation it just looks so badass and cool. The car chase, the fight in the police station, and the other chases from The Terminator they are all practically done which just makes the film feel so much more intense.  They did make a Terminator puppet for the actors to interact with which makes it more believable.    At the center of the movie, we have Linda Hamilton playing Sarah Connor and Michael Biehn playing Kyle Reese. They have great chemistry, and they both bring tons of passion to this movie. Sarah Connor starts off as the damsel in distress, but as she starts to learn about The Terminator she becomes the more badass Sarah Connor the mother of the leader of the human resistance. Kyle Reese lives in 2029 this bleak dark disgusting future, and he goes back in time with no way to go back just to save the mother of the man that has inspired him to fight against the machines.  This movie is wonderful 5 out of 5 stars for The Terminator. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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