Monday, 13 October 2014

The Terminator Review

The Terminator 

Release Date: 20th December 1984 - Australia

Production Companies
Hemdale Corporation
Pacific Western
Cinema '84
Euro Film Funding

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M (Not Suitable for 
Younger Children)

Runtime: 107 minutes

Budget: $6,400,000

Box Office Gross: $78,371,200

Plot Summary
In 2029, giant super-computers 
dominate the planet, hell-
bent on exterminating the 
human race! And to destroy 
man's future by changing 
the past, they send an 
indestructible cyborg - a 
Terminator - back in time 
to kill Sarah Connor, the 
woman whose unborn son 
will become mankind's only 
hope. But can Sarah protect 
herself from this unstoppable 
menace to save the life of 
her unborn child? Or will the 
human race be extinguished 
by "one mean hunk of mutant 

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The 
Linda Hamilton - Sarah Connor 
Michael Biehn - Kyle Reese
Lance Henriksen - Detective
Hal Vukovich
Paul Winfield - Lt. Ed Traxler
Rick Rossovich - Matt Buchanan
Bess Motta - Ginger Ventura
Earl Boen - Dr. Peter Silberman
Dick Miller - Pawn Shop Clerk
Shawn Schepps - Nancy
Franco Columbu - Future Terminator
Bill Paxton - Punk Leader
Brian Thompson - Punk
Marianne Muellerlelie - Wrong Sarah

Writer/Director - James Cameron 
Writer/Producer - Gale Anne Hurd 
Additional Dialogue - William Wisher Jr.
Director of Photography - Adam Greenberg
Special Terminator Effects Supervisor -
Stan Winston
Special Effects Supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects -
Gene Warren Jr.
Film Editor - Mark Goldblatt
Music - Brad Fiedel

One film that I can confidently say only good things about is THE TERMINATOR. In saying this, I did prefer the second feature (click here) since it has more depth and exclusive budget and the title character was now changed from just being a cold-blooded machine into a hero which was an unexpected piece of story-writing. It's actually one of the neatest movies to make the action genre look very rough, tough and busy and this is the first breakthrough from future legend director James Cameron. James is a decent guy and a struggling visionaire, he would soon be destined after TERMINATOR 1 to make film masterpieces to an unmatched scale of visual craft and proportion. After all these years, THE TERMINATOR withstood the test of time and hasn't lost the touch of its thrills and action-based clichés like gun-blazed scenes or explosions. The performance by Arnie Schwarzenegger still hasn't changed much when he was first got the role of the killer android, menacing tone and brutish posture is exactly what the character is written for in the script. 

James Cameron took a gamble with two unknown actors (soon to become famous and underrated) Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton who proved themselves worthy of their membership as movie stars. It is impressive that not much of the vfx wizardry were outdated in a sense that even by its anniversary, it is still good-looking (excluding the stop-motion technology used in the near-ending scene where the terminator is chasing the lead heroes). 

THE TERMINATOR serves James Cameron as his first break to film making or otherwise be known as his compelling achievement. No longer will you have to be waiting and wondering if I plan to review the rest of the TERMINATOR series as I am happy to announce that I will be continuing my review on the whole collection, please stay posted to see my new reviews. 

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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