"You still don't get it, do you? He'll find her. That's what he does!
That's all he does! You can't stop him! He'll wade through you, reach down
her throat, and pull her fucking heart out!"--- Kyle Reese
"The Terminator" again today felt like re-visiting an old dear
badass friend. This movie meant so much to me while growing up as specific
lines, scenes and even visual beats have been engraved in my mind for
a very long time. There’s just a charm about this picture. How many of
you out there went nuts for that silver laser sighted gun the Terminator
had? How many of you wore dark sunglasses and a collar up leather jacket
after seeing this rottweiler for the first time? I KNOW YOU’RE OUT
THERE! Well, I did and yes…I was THAT a-hole.
Terminator" is an intelligent, edgy and techno somber sci-fi horror
thriller that always reminds me what great genre filmmaking is really all
about. While watching this baby today, having seen the sequel (and
anticipating the third installment), I couldn’t help but feel that the
“less is more” rule applied like a champ. The tackling of its sci-fi
elements and action sequences were done on a smaller scale (due to budget)
therefore giving the film a gritty, down-to-earth and more serious tone.
For me, it gave the whole so much more impact than its big budget sequel.
my opinion, this is by far Cameron’s more together effort. We get
fleshed-out and loveable characters that are given enough screen time to
express their pain, anguish and feelings (even the two token side cops
were given memorable personalities via solid acting and slick lines). We
get awesome dialogue all around (loved the exchange between the shrink and
Reese), powerful future flashbacks some of which were action-packed while
others were gut-wrenching in their sadness and a wooing love story that
never fails to put my heart in a vice.
cherry on top of this classic (and I stress the word "classic")
was the enthralling action/mayhem sequences. The small budget was
maximized to its fullest here to give us taunt chase sequences, Mack Truck
damage, gripping gun play, motorcycle fun, explosions left and right and a
scene that is now beyond-classic in the history of genre cinema: the police
station slaughter-party where the now famous line “I’ll be back”
was first uttered. Nobody cleaned house like The Terminator!
what else can I say about this flick that hasn’t already been said a
thousand times; I guess I’ll go personal here. The film also sports,
what I believe to be, one of the most tightly directed scenes in any film
today. Yes, I’m speaking of the ASTOUNDINGLY staged sequence at the
“Tech Noir” club. Check this out: the scene starts with the line
“that guy didn’t pay” while the slick 80’s
tune “Burning in the Third Degree” is booming in the background.
It then rides on a delicious slow-motion frenzy up until a gunshot snaps
the sequence out of its haze to send it off into full Uzi carnage mode.
The club bit adequately ends with a well put line: “Come with me if you
want to live”. COME ON! I GOT A CINEMATIC BONER OVER HERE!
Now that’s a freaking slick scene! Easily my favorite one in the
whole flick. PURE GENIUS!
negatives? Not really. Sure, some of the effects didn’t hold up to
today’s standards, but that’s now part of the film’s magic. Other
than that, maybe if you spend a couple days on it, you’ll find holes in
the “time travel” angle, but since I got things to do-- I was all good
with it. "The Terminator"
is to me a perfect flick and it kicks my ass to fanboy heaven every time
that I watch it. The 80’s fashion and tunes alone are worth the price of
purchase. “Sarah Connor?”….”Yes?”…BANG-BANG-BANG! FUCK YEAH!