The Terminator (1984)
Critic Consensus: With its impressive action sequences, taut economic direction, and relentlessly fast pace, it's clear why The Terminator continues to be an influence on sci-fi and action flicks.
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Critic Reviews for The Terminator
You almost forget the film's flaws - like the cartoony look of the war-ravaged future. Here, the most absurd excursion is believable and we go along willingly - stopping now and then for a breath or a laugh.
The havoc makes for a genuine steel metal trap of a movie that may very well be the best picture of its kind since The Road Warrior.
As for Schwarzenegger, he nicely fleshes out the convention of a soulless gun for hire. With his choppy hair, cryptic shades and state-of-the-'80s leather ensemble, he looks like the Incredible Hulk gone punk.
An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
Audience Reviews for The Terminator
The exhilarating cyberpunk classic that started the successful franchise, an intelligent, well-written science-fiction that is always extremely tense and well paced, offering us a terrifying, indestructible villain and the scary view of a bleak post-apocalyptic future.
Classic films are films that stick with you, whether or not they are amazing, but when you think about true "Hollywood" classics, "The Terminator" is usually one of the first that comes to mind. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads the film as a machine set from the past to eliminate Sarah Connor, whose child (John Connor) will become a threat in the future. The film is less about that and more about learning what the characteristics are of each one of them. With some tense moments, scary moments, and some very cool action scenes, "The Terminator" is a great film that will always be remembered. James Cameron (on a shoe-string budget) directed this film in the best way he knew how to at the time. Some of the effects feel dated, but the type of film it is, and under the circumstances that it was made, this has stood and will always stand a classic.
Who knew that Cameron's update of the Frankenstein monster (wherein he really IS out to get you) would enter the national conciousness? Who knew that the day would come when everyone would recognise "I'll be back" as a warning of ominous proportions? Who knew anyone could parley a turn as a monster into a gubernatorial bid? Though the special effects have aged some, nonetheless this bad boy still has some sizzle.
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|The Terminator:||Fuck you, asshole.|
|Terminator:||I'll be back.|
|Kyle Reese:||The Terminator's an infil-tration unit. Part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyperalloy combat chassis,mircoprocessor-controlled, fully armored. Very tough...But outside, it's living human tissue. Flesh, skin, hair...blood. Grown for the cyborgs.|
|Kyle Reese:||The Terminator's an infil-tration unit. Part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyperalloy combat chassis,mircoprocessor-controlled, fully armored. Very tough. But outside, it's living human tissue. Flesh, skin, hair,blood, grown for the cyborgs.|
|Kyle Reese:||Listen. Understand. That Terminator is out there. It can't be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with...it doesn't feel pity of remorse or fear...and it absolutely will not stop.Ever. Until you are dead.|
|Kyle Reese:||Listen. Understand. That Terminator is out there. It can't be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with. It doesn't feel pity of remorse or fear and it absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are dead.|
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