|Fig 1 - The Terminator Poster|
I had never seen a 'Terminator' film before and found it to be surprisingly approachable for such a behemoth franchise-opener. For one, I had no idea that Arnie's character was the antagonist of the piece, as future films appear to prove he is very capable of cooperating with humans. It was certainly the best Schwarzenegger performance I've yet to see, perhaps due to it being mainly physical and void of emotion. The practical effects are somewhat dated, but not to a laughable degree. There was clearly an extensive effort to perfecting Arnie's 'dead-eyed' dopple-face and the film relishes the ability to close in on shots of it. As for his skeletal structure, which appeared to move using a mix of puppetry and stop-animation, I was surprised at how convincingly the visual effects held up overall. I believed in the character and felt his looming presence in every scene, having witnessed just how unstoppable he is. For this, I cannot fault Schwarzenegger's performance at all (mainly out of fear that he'll return from the future to pull out the hearts of finicky critics).
|Fig 2 - The Terminator - The Terminator returns to 1984|
I found The Terminator to be a tense thrill-ride from start to finish that gives it's characters the necessary time for an audience to develop a bond with them. Though the music was slightly questionable in places, it manages to sustain a tone of utter suspense and unease throughout whilst handling what could have strayed into a convoluted plot reasonably smoothly in under two hours. With Terminator 2 on the horizon for this list, it's pretty safe to say that "I'll be back" with high expectations...
Fig. 1 The Terminator Poster (1984) From: The Terminator (1984) - Directed by: James Cameron
Fig. 2 The Terminator Screenshot (1984) From: The Terminator (1984) - Directed by: James Cameron