107 Min|Action–Sci-Fi|October 1984
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
The Terminator Review: The Terminator is one of the best action movies of all time. It doesn’t set a single foot wrong and it also kicked off a wonderful saga. Without this, there would be no Terminator 2. Think about that. As such, this movie is fondly remembered by many people and it has been the subject of many quotes and spoofs over the years. Why doesn’t it set a foot wrong? It is thrilling, almost always entertaining and filled with insane explosions, which more or less makes a good action movie. But ‘The Terminator’ stands head and shoulders above the rest of it’s genre, because of it’s well thought-out plot, splendid acting and an eerily memorable music score which gives you a reason to watch the credits at the end.
Now to analysing why the plot is so well-thought out. Well, for one thing, the concept of preventing or setting in stone the future by going back in time was one which wasn’t really explored in those days. By exploring it, the Terminator was offering something different, something which has inspired films such as Back to the Future (read the plot synopsis for that film, there are a few similarities). The notion of the final battle of a future war being fought in ‘our present’, not in the future, between one member of opposing sides, in this case a man and a machine, is also an intriguing one and sets the stage for an exciting battle royale.
The last action scene which, like the one in Terminator 2, is a chase which leads to a final showdown in a building. It is a slight letdown, but it is still an intense scene. In the end, The Terminator is a masterful action movie which laid the groundwork for the equally brilliant Terminator 2. If you haven’t seen this movie and are an action movie fan, then see it immediately. You won’t be disappointed.