The Terminator (1984) – Encore Review 2


“Look at this way: in a hundred years, who’s gonna care? ” – Ginger

Number of Times Seen – Waay too many times to count (cable, video, DVD, 23 Sep 2013, 17 Jan 2016 and 2 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A waitress is stalked by an assassin from the future who wants to kill her before she gives birth to a son who will be the leader of the resistance years from now.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it on cable back in the 80s.

The concept hat they bring forth here is quite novel and has been copied so many times over the years yet never comes across as perfectly as this does.

The story itself is presented in a relentless fashion and is paced really well that it is constantly on the move.

The cast of this film is amazing and each work really well in their respective roles.

Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn and Arnold Schwarzenegger all make these characters come to life.

The special effects are great to watch and even though there are a few weak spots along the way, it still enhances the storytelling of this movie amazingly.

Director James Cameron write this film and changed the way people look at science fiction time travel films ever since because it is done so exquisitely.

The music score is also great and adds so much to the atmosphere of a story about a killer cyborg who will stop at nothing to get his prey.

The action scenes are choreographed amazingly and this helps make things seem even more realistic from start to finish.

The elements of film making are all brought together in this film in order to make the concept of time travel seem even more plausible given the scenario of how the story is set up and moves so fluidly throughout this film.

Bottom Line – Amazing concept that has been copied so often yet never as perfectly. The story is relentless and moves at a great pace. The cast is superbly chosen and Hamilton, Biehn and Arnie help keep things interesting and iconic from start to finish. The effects are a bit weak in certain places, but overall, the way that the story moves along is quite ingenious. The music is superb and helps add to the atmosphere of how the cyborg will never stop. The action scenes are choreographed really well and they make it all seem so realistic the whole way through.  The way that they mix time travel and science fiction together is done so uniquely that is works really well the entire time in staying believable and realistic. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One afternoon during a break in filming, Arnold Schwarzenegger went into a restaurant in downtown L.A. to get some lunch and realized all too late that he was still in Terminator makeup – with a missing eye, exposed jawbone and burned flesh. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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One thought on “The Terminator (1984) – Encore Review 2

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