The Terminator (1984)
In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?
The first Terminator could almost be like a horror movie of sorts, this unstoppable and relentless robotic killer is after a young woman.. it also has a darker mood than any of the sequels. And it works to it's advantage. The debate between this and T2 will probably rage on after the Nuclear holocaust, but this was first and it was/is awesome!
The sequel to The Terminator was brilliant, don't get me wrong, but I still think the original movie was slightly better. Both were great movies, yet different in their own ways. The Terminator felt like it had a more darker tone to it, and that's something I liked compared to the sequel. What I liked about The Terminator was the plot - very interesting to follow especially when Sarah first hears about her unborn son. Either way, I think this movie is a great set-up for what is to come afterwards. Arnold Schwarzenegger was great in this movie, and it's rare to see that he doesn't play the hero for a change; in fact, he was actually very scary as the "Terminator". I consider it one of his best movies out there.
I really do like this movie and understand its love, but for me the themes and screenplay of this movie can't be fully realised with its budget, not saying it needed a huge budget but maybe 10 million would really bump the film into higher regard in my eyes
I'd watched the second Terminator when I was 13 (almost 14) in the late 1990s and it wasn't until 2004 or so that I saw this one. But what a movie! This gives us the origins of Sarah Connor and her struggle against the machines. This has to be one of my favorite Arnie films; this and T2. It's also one of my favorite James Cameron sci-fi films, along with Aliens and Avatar. Though Arnie is portrayed as a villain in this one, he literally steals the show. And the special effects by Stan Winston are good too. I'll keep this one and the second one as my favorite Arnie Terminator films and avoid the others.