Genre Grandeur – The Terminator (1984) – What About the Twinkie?


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For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Time Travel Movies, here’s a review of The Terminator (1984) by Kieron of What About the Twinkie?

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Abbi of Abbiosbiston.com  We will be reviewing our favorite Alternate Love Story movies. In order to get a better idea as to what this genre might include, check out this post by Abbi from last year. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of November by sending them to altlove@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Abbi!

Let’s see what Kieron thought of this movie:

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terminatorI first saw The Terminator when I was a young boy. The exact age escapes me now, but it was a time when I was discovering films for the first time and the wonders they held. It was most likely the early 90’s that I first laid eyes on James Cameron’s now classic indie film that made a household name out of him and its larger than life star; Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was captivated by The Terminator and its mix of various genres. It was first and foremost a time travel film, but it was also a chase film, a love story and, if you will, a horror film and to me it was perfect.

 

The Terminator is still all of those things, and possesses a timeless quality that was only matched by its first sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Of course Terminator 2 was an altogether different beast than what audiences first saw in 1984, yet it didn’t have the raw feel that The Terminator did. The Terminator was a great rock bands first album; it was edgy, it was dirty and it felt like nothing would be the same afterwards. Indeed that may be true. Terminator 2 is fantastic, there is no argument, but the following sequels are disappointing to say the least.

 

The Terminator had a unique vibe and an incessant pace, with a monster that absolutely would not stop. Like Michael Myers in Halloween, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cybernetic killer stalks his prey without mercy and appears to be just as indestructible as John Carpenter’s iconic merchant of death. Likewise, careers were made of Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn as the woman who is to mother the saviour of the human race and the man sworn to protect her. Theirs is a unique relationship and one pulls the film along, and is made all the more believable once you realise you are genuinely frightened for them as The Terminator carries on his pursuit.

 

The time travel element of the film is indeed confusing once you start to really think about it, but taken as it is, it becomes a clever plot device that allows for the film to have a unique twist in its final third. As the film builds toward its finale, the tension level has been turned up to 11 and one wonders if our heroes will make it out alive. The Terminator created a mammoth film franchise, intenionally or not, and ensured Arnold Schwarzenegger had a career for life. James Cameron meanwhile went on to direct some of Hollywood’s biggest films, and left film fans in 1984 with the feeling that had witnessed something truly unique.

 

5/5

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – The Terminator (1984) – What About the Twinkie?

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur October Finale – Back to the Future (1985) – MovieRob & @moviereview365(Encore Review 2) |

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