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Naked Came Arnold Schwarzenegger....TERMINATOR

Dec 16, 2009 (Updated Dec 16, 2009)
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Pros:Arnold Schwarzenegger nude.  Michael Biehn nude.  Linda Hamilton nude.  Hard Core SCI FI.

Cons:Dated.  So is Gone With the Wind.

The Bottom Line: A simple little modestly budgeted Sci Fi movie that has turned out to be one of the Classics.  Go James Cameron!


The Terminator (1984) Directed by James Cameron.  Harlan Ellison whined like B*tch until he was credited with the original idea, true or not.

"Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.."  Kyle Reese.

This is one of the classic all time Sci Fi Action Horror movies.  The premise is deceptively simple; a cybernetic assassin from the future is sent back in time to kill the leader of the Resistance before he is born by killing his mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton).  Sarah is not anything special; she is just a young woman, working as a waitress, living for the weekends (and yes, kids, that IS what your parents dressed like.  Go ahead and laugh.)  The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is followed by a member of the Resistance; Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), whose job it is to protect her from the killer machine.  He has another secret mission that even he doesn't know about....

What follows is an action packed thrill ride with lots and lots of violence and numerous explosions.  The cyborg is focused, killing two Sarah Connors before anyone even sees the pattern, then the three principles converge in a nightclub, Tech-noir, and it is a race to stay two steps ahead of the computerized killer.

What makes this movie work is that is does not stray too far from that very simple outline.  It is just one narrow escape, following another, with just enough breathers that allow your nerves to recover.  Yet there is very little in the movie that does not serve a purpose.

There is just a little humor...a naked guy walks up to a trio of punks...one liners ensue... (Incidentally, look at the actors there.  A very young Brian Thompson and Bill Paxton.  Bill Paxton is the only person to be killed by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator.)  And there is a dash of sex.  There is Arnold Schwarzenegger nude.  Michael Biehn is naked.  There is Arnold Schwarzenegger nude.  Linda Hamilton gets naked.  And there is Arnold Schwarzenegger nude.  Whole lot of sex appeal going on here...

Did I mention there is Arnold Schwarzenegger nude?
 
And there are guns, handled properly, lots of shooting, lots of chases, lots of explosions, and lots of killing; total body count 28. 
But beyond the very well done pyrotechnics, the best thing about the movie is it is a message of hope; oh, it is a scary warning of the evils we will unleash on ourselves with artificial intelligence (and we should all be listening!)  But most of all it is about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.  Man versus machine, and we are still in the race.

This movie spawned three sequels, two of them very good, and two more slated.  It spawned a television series.  Not bad for a modest little movie from 1984.  Revisit it.

This review, like Arnold, is Lean-N-Mean.  It weighs in at a scant 500 words.

Movie Models:
Terminator
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator 4: Salvation.


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