Friday Movie Talk

Happy Friday everyone. I know a lot is going on around the world, but I hope you continue to be entertained by not only the blog, but the other things that interest you on life. Today, I’m going to talk about movies again. And I’m going with an oldie but goodie, The Terminator.

When I was younger, I remember loving the second terminator movie more than the first. I’m still more inclined toward the second, but I don’t think the gap is as big as I once thought it was. The first movie has an originality the second can’t match, and that alone makes it worth a watch.

Now, let’s talk about the movie. The plot seems simple enough. Artificial intelligence is about to lose a war to humans. In response, they send a robot back to kill the leader of that resistance before he is even born. The humans, in response, send back a protector. The car and mouse game is kept tight throughout the movie. I honestly love James Cameron’s earlier, grittier work, and that’s on full display here. He used to make films on smaller budgets seem so grand, and his ability to keep us riveted to the screen speaks volumes about his status as a director. The climatic showdown between Sarah, Kyle, and the Terminator remains a taut thrill to watch, and the conclusion leaves us to ponder what comes next.

The impact of this movie can’t be overstated. It influenced a genre of movies afterword. Most importantly, however, was the star making performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is magnificent as the relentless killing machine, and it’s hard to imagine another actor in the role. Michael Biehn is a fantastic hero, and Linda Hamilton is more than believable growing into her role of a badass as the film progresses. The three of them together form the center of the movie, and Cameron is smart to let them tell us the story.

Regardless of what you think about the franchise after this, the first one is an absolute classic. I highly recommend watching it again, and I hope you find it as entertaining as I did. Until next time…..

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