Terminator and Terminator: Judgment Day (Review)

Terminator and Terminator: Judgement Day directed by James Cameron  Starring:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  Linda Hamilton Michael Biehn Robert Patrick

Terminator and Terminator: Judgement Day directed by James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton
Michael Biehn
Robert Patrick

I’ll Be Back

The Terminator Review:

James Cameron used to be one of the most creative imaginative directors in Hollywood with knack of making great science fiction action movies. The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are two of my favorite movies of all time.  The film is also made Arnold Schwarzenegger a movie star.  The Terminator was released in 1984 with James Cameron directing it.

The Terminator is an iconic story. Skynet, an Artificial Intelligence, sends a cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger), called the Terminator, back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton).  Sarah Connor is the mother of John Connor, the leader of the human resistance that will defeat Skynet.  John Connor sends his best friend and most loyal soldier, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), to protect Sarah Connor.  The Terminator starts to eliminate anybody who is named Sarah Connor in the LA. Eventually, the Terminator finds Sarah but Kyle helps her escape. Sarah and Kyle get apprehended by the police. The Terminator shows up at the station and asks to see Sarah Connor. He delivers the classic line “I’ll be back” and wrecks havoc at the police station.  Kyle and Sarah escape and end up at a hotel together. Kyle confesses his love to her, and they end up making John Connor.  Kyle dies in the battle with the Terminator with Sarah Connor killing it eventually.

The Terminator is a great action pact science fiction movie.  The story is in genius and filled with a lot of emotional performances from the actors.  Sarah Connor is a waitress and a woman in distress. Linda Hamilton plays that role to a T. Michael Biehn plays the heroic noble Kyle Reese in a very memorable way. Michael Beihn brought a great deal of seriousness and humor to the role.  The actor gained cult status after his portrayal of Kyle Reese.  The star of the movie is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is face of the Terminator Franchise.  In this portrayal of the cybernetic assassin, he played a cold heartless killer that couldn’t be stopped. He would kill anybody that was in the way.  He had a stone face while killing everybody.  He has also delivered classic one liners like “Fuck you, asshole”  and “I’ll be back.”  Arnold’s popularity as the Terminator would only grow with the sequel.

Terminator is 5 out 5 for being nearly perfect except the time paradoxes are a headache.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The Terminator was a financial success for being an independent film.  The production company, Orion, thought the first Terminator would bomb but the movie became a financial success. People wanted a sequel and soon after the disputes to the rights of the franchise arose. Eventually, Carcolco Pictures bid and won the rights to the Terminator franchise.  James Cameron had a sequel planned out by the finish of his original screenplay of the Terminator. The movie started production in 1990 and eventually became arguably the best sequel in movie film and the most popular among fans and critics.

In 1995,  John Connor is a 12 year old kid played by Edward Furlong. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is in the mental institution after being arrested for trying to blow up a computer factory to prevent Judgment Day.  Skynet sends a new Terminator called the T-1000 ( Robert Patrick) to kill young John Conner. The T-1000 is a liquid metal artificial intelligent robot with the ability to change its form to copy any object except for complex weapons (bomb or guns). John Connor and his resistance captures a T-800, (Arnold Schwarzenegger) the model back in the first Terminator movie, and send it back in time  to protect John. Eventually both Terminators find John and the T-800 prevails in rescuing John.  John convinces the Terminator to go the mental institution to rescue his mother. They face with the T-1000 again but prevail again.  Sarah Connor has intentions of her own which it to stop Judgment Day but it could cost her life and the life of her son!

The first Terminator was more a character driven movie about Sarah and Kyle hiding from the first Terminator.  Terminator 2: Judgment Day is an action driven movie. The first scene starts with T-800 arriving back in time and busting up a biker bar to get his clothes. The story soon progresses to the pursuit of John Connor and it is straight action from there.  The special effects are spectacular and helped modernize CGI.  The acting again is top notch. Every actor brings something different to the role.  Terminator: Judgment Day was supposed to end the franchise. Other production companies, producers, and writers have attempted to continue the Terminator storyline but failed.

Arnold Schwarzenegger again nails the part of the Terminator. His interactions with young John Connor really help humanize the character. This version of the Terminator really becomes John’s father figure. Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton, really shines in the movie too. Sarah Connor is a militaristic powerful woman. She doesn’t take any crap from anybody and is a symbol for women.  Edward Furlong nails the young John Connor character. He grows into his role as John Connor.  The T-1000 is the best surprise of the movie. Robert Patrick is cold calculating as a killer. He has quite a few humorous lines in the film and his portrayal of the T-1000 is considered one of the best villains in film history.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day gets 5/5 for being a great science fiction movie.


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