The Terminator – Throwback Thursday

Intro to… The Terminator
Now that Terminator Genisys, the fifth instalment of the Terminator franchise, has hit the theatres it might be interesting for us to go back to 1984 and take a look at where it all began.

The Plot
The year is 2029. Things could be better. Many years ago an artificial defence system became too intelligent to control and turned against humanity resulting into a massive war between man and machine. Mankind suffered many losses and there was little hope. That is until one man successfully devised methods of fighting back. His strategies were shared and the war was turned around.

In an attempt to change the flow of war once more the machines use a time machine to send a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a near-indestructible cyborg, into the past to terminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Fortunately for Sarah the humans were not just twiddling their thumbs while this happened. Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), a young but experienced soldier, also gets transported back in time. But will Kyle be enough of a difference to protect Sarah from a Terminator?

Should I Watch It?
The Terminator is a faced-paced action-packed Sci-Fi movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It uses a strong combination of action shots and exposition scenes. The story is on par with the action scenes and both will easily keep your interest.

The overall acting is great. Linda Hamilton flawlessly portrays a Sarah that develops from being a clumsy waitress desperately in need of saving into a strong woman that does the saving herself.

Michael Biehn does an amazing job in showing Kyle’s frustration with nobody understanding how much of a threat the Terminator actually is. Not only is he dangerous to Sarah, but to the future of human kind. He’s desperately fighting against overwhelming odds and everyone just works against him.

Which leaves us with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He says only 17 lines throughout the movie but delivers them with such an impact. Schwarzenegger, on its own, has an inescapable presence. But combined with the background music throbbing like a heartbeat whenever he’s on screen leaves you trembling in awe. Sarah Connor might be the protagonist, but it is the Terminator that steals the show.

Yes, watch it.


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