Movie Review: Terminator

‘Terminator’ is the 1984 science-fiction classic that solidified Arnie’s Hollywood career and launched the Terminator franchise.



The most serious of the ‘Terminator’ series, Schwarzenegger is a ruthless machine – referred to as a cyborg but actually an android (I would suggest) – with the a relentless focus on killing Sarah Connor.


The first major film from Canadian Director, James Cameron (‘Aliens’, ‘Rambo’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Avatar’), this movie launched his career and catapulted him into major success.


After being unable to drum up enough interest to sell his ‘Terminator’ screenplay, Cameron ended up directing the movie himself.


Although centred around a dystopian future where robots rule the world, ‘Terminator’ does have an underlying 80’s-sap-so-bad-it’s-good love story between Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese).



Just the 1984 fashion alone is worth it: tie die shirts, high waisted pants, leg warmers, big hair, walkmans, high-top sneakers, answering machines…



Lance Henriksen was originally considered for the role of the Terminator – because of his ability to ‘blend in with a crowd’. But he ended up being given a smaller LAPD detective role in favour or Arnie’s bodybuilding physique.


The first of a five-film franchise, ‘Terminator’ is the one that started it all – and still holds it’s own against the CGI-dominant films of today.

Unfortunately Netflix only currently carries the last two in the series (‘Salvation’ and ‘Genisys’), but they are available to rent on iTunes and various other streaming websites.

Check out the official trailer here:


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