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Monday, May 18, 2015

Movie Review:The Terminator

Alien was my other choice.

Premise:A cyborg assassin is sent back in time to kill the mother of the man destined to lead the resistance.

Cast:Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, Michael Bien as Kyle Reese, Bess Motta as Ginger Ventura, Paul Winfield as Lieutenant Ed Traxlar, Lance Henriksen as Hal Vukovich

Director:James Cameron

MPAA Rating:R

Genres:Action, sci-fi/fantasy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Good villain. Frightening concept.

Cons:A plot hole. The guardian.

It has been a hard week. Obnoxious customers, no luck with your love life, and there's an assassin from the future is hunting you. What are you going to do?

Almost as soon as he shows up, it's obvious that our cyber killer isn't to be trifled with. An emotionless, practically indestructible monster whose only goal is to kill you and will do whatever it must to reach you until either that goal is accomplished or it dies is a terrifying thought.

But as others have pointed out, there is a large flaw in the story. If just wrapping metal in flesh makes it able to break the rule of "nothing synthetic" and travel through time, why don't you prepare weapons to take back with you? Also, the protector character came off as overzealous. Maybe that's what you need in a situation like this, but the way he acted was kind of disturbing.

Overall, if you're in the mood for an eighties action movie, this is a worthwhile choice.

Sex:Time-travelling leaves said (male) travelers naked, with some full rear nudity and obscured frontal. A woman wears a short nightrobe while the camera checks out her legs, and another's bare breasts are shown briefly. Couples have sex onscreen twice (aside from the aforementioned boobs, there's nothing graphic since it's always shown from the waist up). A man describes what he'd like to do to his girlfriend before he realizes out it's not her on the other line. People dance at a club while a song about desire plays in the background.

Violence:Lots of people are killed, often from getting shot. A few are also beaten or crushed. Carnage in the future includes corpses getting crushed under machines and the living being hunted/killed.
The Terminator punches through windows, rips someone's heart out, and throws a guy against metal bars. It survives things that would kill most humans and performs self-repairs, leading to some wince-worthy scenes where it cuts into its own flesh (and eyeball!).
Someone drives a car into a building. Cops chase a guy, whose intentions aren't clear until later. Things explode. Cars speed and crash. Someone manhandles a woman he's trying to protect. A bullet wound is treated while both patient and doctor are on the run. A body is shown burning down to the skeleton.

Drugs/Alcohol:People reference and drink alcohol. They smoke as well.

Language/Insults:"F**k" is used the most often. "A**hole", "g*dd**n", "sh*t", "pig", "h*ll", "G*d",  "b**ch", "d**n", "J*sus", and "Chr*st" are also said.

So what was your opinion? Did you enjoy it, or do you want to terminate the memory?

© 2015 by M.R.R.


A Daft Scots Lass said...

Another Terminator post.

I loved this movie and still do. Its a classic

and I'm LOVING this Blogfest.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

gotta love the terminator... i just wish they would stick to a story and stick to it... so many versions.

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Stephen Tremp said...

Great concept all the way around. Wormholes too for time travel, so I love that part.

S. L. Hennessy said...

My FAVORITE movie, and a terrific choice for the B,B&C Blogfest!

Tamara Narayan said...

I enjoyed it. The tension had me on the edge of my seat. The first was definitely better than the sequels. Maybe the terminator was so darn awesome at his job, that who or whatever sent him back didn't see the need to send weapons as well. He was the weapon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Second person to pick this today - great choice!
Thanks for participating in our blogfest.

M.R. R. said...

@ A Daft Scots Lass
Both are pretty cool.

@ Jeremy Hawkins
That would be nice.

@ Stephen Tremp
I'm a bit picky about time travel, but it works here.

@ S. L. Hennessy

@ Tamara Narayan
It was nice and intense. And definitely better than the sequels (especially since they threw out any kind of rules for what was destined to happen).
Maybe the Terminator himself could go without weapons, but what was Reese's excuse? Lack of time maybe?

M.R. R. said...

@ Alex J. Cavanaugh
Happy to.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

The second Terminator was a good movie as well for this blogfest. :-)

Amaryllis Turman said...

Great post!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I always liked that movie. It was something really new and different at the time it came out. We joke about Skynet all the time at this house.

M.R. R. said...

@ Roland D. Yeomans

@ Amaryllis Turman
Thank you.

@ Susan Gourley/Kelley
Our computers certainly seem evil.

dolorah said...

Totally loved it.

M.R. R. said...

@ dolorah
It is good.

Cathy Kennedy said...

I admit, I am an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and I do like the Terminator series. In fact, did you know they made another one called Terminator Genisys with Arnold to hit theaters July 1st? I'm glad that he's back on the Big Screen again! Excellent BB&C contribution! Thanks for visiting. :D

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

We both featured Terminator! I love that movie. I saw it three times in the theater when it was released.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Terminator is a fantastic film. May seem cheesy now, but at the time it was awesome.
THANK YOU for joining Alex and me in this EPIC blogfest!
Heather M. Gardner

M.R. R. said...

@ Cathy Kennedy
I've heard of it, but I probably won't go see it. But have fun with it anyway.

@ L. Diane Wolfe
Love it.

@ Heather M. Gardner
It's a little dated, but it was made and set during the 80's, so that's to be expected.

Jolie du Pre said...

Yeah, this movie is this blog hop's favorite. A lot of people chose it!

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M.R. R. said...

@ Jolie du Pre
I've seen a lot of this, Walking Dead, and Game Of Thrones. said...

I saw Terminator back in the day and this is the second post I've seen with this movie. I'm tempted to take a trip down memory lane.

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M.R. R. said...

@ lilica
Go for it!

Pat Hatt said...

Terminator is a perfect one. Such a great movie.

M.R. R. said...

@ Pat Hatt
Oh yes.

Michele Truhlik said...

Ya gotta love the Terminator!!! Arnold at his best! Good choice for the BB&C for sure...

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Shell Flower said...

Terminator is probably one of the movies that got me into Sci-fi. I just watched #2 and it still rocks. Robots are poised to take over the world, seriously, so these movies are good to keep us on our toes :)

M.R. R. said...

@ Michele Truhlik
Definitely one of his better movies.

@ Shell Flower
They'll at least remind us to take it easy.

Beverly Fox said...

One of my favorite movies of all time! And great choice for this blogfest.

Liesel K. Hill said...

Great pick for the blogfest. Gotta love Terminator. I'm super-excited for the next installment that's coming out. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D

Debbie D. said...

I'm not a huge fan of science fiction or Arnold Schwarzenegger, but despite that, enjoyed The Terminator immensely. ☺ That immortal line "I'll Be Back" became something of a cult phrase. Great choice for the BB&C Blogfest! Thanks for stopping by The Den.

Pam Margolis said...

i hate this movie. i think it's stupid. but then again, i don't like AS. that said, you should totally ignore my comments because i'm sure i like a movie you hate. but hey, who can't relate to having a bad week?

M.R. R. said...

@ Beverly Fox
Thanks for stopping by.

@ Liesel K. Hill & Debbie D.
You're welcome.

@ Pam Margolis
Yeah, you probably with as many popular films I dislike. Interestingly enough, includes the second Terminator. But generally, the first two sequels just flip-flop on what the rules are so much that I'm happy to just stick with the first movie.