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Jordan95

The Terminator has long been one of my favourite films and rewatching it on the big screen just a few hours ago, I realized to what extent the film is embedded in my memory. I could remember practically every sequence, every dialogue and every track of Brad Fiedel's unmistakable soundtrack. If that isn't sign of a film's impact, then nothing is.

Although the sequel is admittedly the superior film in many aspects, it possesses a more commercial approach as opposed to the nightmarish atmosphere of The Terminator. Cameron's early films were masterclasses in tension and non-stop action sequences, and he consistently exhibits these qualities throughout the film's numerous set-pieces, which provide a relentless and intense experience with few contemporary equals. Also of note is the fact that unlike Cameron's recent and overbloated works, there's not a single unnecessary moment in the film.

My enjoyment of the film still remains as intact as usual despite the dated special effects and ocassionally clunky acting from the leads. Linda Hamilton's performance, although superior in the sequel, is still very fitting as the innocent and desperate Sarah Connor. Michael Biehn provides a rugged quality to his character and Arnold still remains an undeniably intimidating presence.

The Terminator is a unrelenting action film which will long remain to be among my top films of all time.
8 years 12 months ago
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Zeltaebar

This movie holds up well, but not because of its action sequences which are average. Rather, it's the music, the atmosphere, the ideas behind the story, a very good cast with great chemistry between the two main leads, and especially Scwarzenegger in his most iconic role ever. More of a thriller and perhaps less fun than the second and even third movie, but grittier and darker. When it comes to the Terminator character, this is the one I prefer, no comedy, no mercy - just plain badass!
11 years 10 months ago
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Henry K Hurtin

Re-watched it today. Definitely stands the test of time!
7 years 12 months ago
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Kamrado

It's unbelievable how Cameron turned b-scifi story into whole cybercult.
14 years 5 months ago
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totavo

I took way too long to watch this. I always assumed it wouldn't live up to the hype I've heard from it since I can remember, but it definitely did. The hairstyles were a little eccentric though, but would you expect anything else from an 80's film?

This movie was definitely up my alley even though I knew a lot of the details from pop culture, that didn't ruin it too much for me. The twist was obvious, but maybe that was pop culture's influence on me as well.
11 months ago
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Earring72

Remains one of the best action/sci fi movies. Never stops movin' and is exciting, even after multiple viewings
6 years 11 months ago
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nick-samuel

Iconic character and all but the second was a much better "action movie". They're almost two different films entirely.
10 years 4 months ago
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Mr DeMille

James Cameron master of action
13 years ago
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RockosFP

@pain

The fourth is better then the third atleast.

And the second was amazing, especially with the special effects.
12 years 6 months ago
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Limbesdautomne

The true face of humanity: a mask of death, with its inexpressive and lifeless skull, running after us, which will sooner or later catch its prey.

Read more in French on La Saveur des goƻts amers.
6 years 5 months ago
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jerichoholic

Horror? WTF
13 years 3 months ago
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nicolaskrizan

low-budget-surprise-hit-turned-tech-noir-classic

https://beyond1001movies.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/backtrack-the-terminator-1984/
8 years 9 months ago
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grit

Top 250? WTF! I seriously did not expect it to be in so many lists.
13 years 2 months ago
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Alias

Well THAT was mediocre. The sequels are much better then this.
13 years 4 months ago
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