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The Terminator
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06.06.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
James Cameron

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Beihn
Linda Hamilton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A machine covered in human tissue called a terminator is sent back through time to find and kill Sarah Connor, a woman whose son will rally a resistance against them in the future. Hell bent on seeing the machines lose this war, the resistance sends back one of their best soldiers to protect Sarah from this seemingly unstoppable enemy.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
At this stage of the game Iím sure itís safe to assume that everyone knows what a terminator is; an evil cyborg sent back through time from a post-apocalyptic future where the rebels have been such a nuisance that they felt it would be easier to simply wipe out their family tree in the past rather than fight fair. This storyline has been tampered with over the years through sequels, comics and TV shows but you have to admit this was a pretty damn badass way for James Cameron to put body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map. Character-wise I donít feel this is Arnoldís film. There are some villains like Riddick, Hannibal Lecter, the Joker and Keyser Soze that we so desperately want to see prevail but the terminator doesnít fit that bill. That said, this would be why T2 is such a fan favourite as Arnold came back alright, but this time as the good guy.

For me THE TERMINATOR is Michael Beihnís film. Kyle Reece is the perfect hero, a man of honor and loyalty, a man who values the mission over his own life. Reece is a battle worn soldier but this mission gives him a chance to be human and thatís where this storyís heart is. Beihn is an underrated actor whose list of accolades would take far too many lines to properly convey. He was amazing in TOMBSTONE, ALIENS, THE ROCK and NAVY SEALS to name a few. Heís one of the few action stars able to properly navigate the balance between good and evil in a time when action stars are only believable as one or the other. I was hoping to see Beihn take on the role of Solid Snake in the METAL GEAR SOLID movie thatís been swirling in and out of limbo over the past few years (which sadly never happened) as in case you didnít know, thatís Beihn on the cover METAL GEAR for the Nintendo, posing in a scene from THE TERMINATOR. And speaking of balance, Linda Hamiltonís character is the exact opposite of what she is here in T2, a fact Iíve always found fascinating. There is true depth to her character as the story progresses and itís certainly fun to watch.

THE TERMINATOR redefined Sci-Fi action as we know it and I donít think anyone truly understood what a phenomenon they were unleashing at the time but itís one thatís still going strong today. Weíve lost this filmís R rated grit to a more ratingís conscious era but the curiousness surrounding the terminator concept is still just as ripe as it was in the eighties. I didnít care much for T3, missed the show and despite what many believe to be the worst of the series, I actually enjoyed TERMINATOR SALVATION. Where this series is heading is anyoneís guess but the first instalment in this fantastic series is just as relentless and fiery now as it ever was. Iíve never really understood the fascination behind Arnoldís ďIíll be backĒ line, sure it works in THE RUNNING MAN and even COMMANDO but I donít really feel it belongs or has much impact here. THE TERMINATORĎs action is intense and the effects far before their time (there is that one part where heís fiddling with his eye that looks very plastic but hey, it was the eighties) making this a spectacular addition to anyoneís Blu-ray collection.
THE EXTRAS
Creating The Terminator: Visual Effects and Music: Clearly this was a whole different ballgame back in the day with cut outs, painted backgrounds and extra small props but either way, it looked great for the time.

Terminator: A Retrospective: Itís interesting hearing James Cameron say he came up with all this in Rome while sick as a dog. Add to that, we find out that Arnold was originally supposed to play the role of Kyle Reece. Not sure how that would have went.

Terminated Scenes: Thereís really nothing here save for the short bit in the factory when one of the workers findís the Terminator chip.

Previews: There are three trailers here and the Blu-ray case just happens to be a twenty-four page booklet about the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There arenít many great Sci-Fi flicks that werenít inspired by this film, I grew up in the Van Damme era and loved CYBORG but it pales in comparison to THE TERMINATOR. As far as Arnoldís work is concerned though, I was a big fan of THE SIXTH DAY which took cloning to a whole new level.

Extra Tidbit: Over the course of the films and show, the date when Skynet would become aware has been pushed forward a couple times. The final date was April 19, 2011Öwhich was about a month and a half ago. I was very hesitant to use my computer that day.
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