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The Terminator

Directed by James Cameron
United States, 1984
Sci-Fi, Action


In a post-apocalyptic future, a killer cyborg, encased in human flesh, is sent into the past to to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of a future rebel chief who will lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony.

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The Terminator Directed by James Cameron
Were the 1980s the last period when popular Hollywood movies consistently had something to say? A sleeper hit in the aftermath of Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection, this dystopian, technophobic time-travel crash-fest, shot in a style suggestive of Jack Kirby’s comic books, made James Cameron’s career, boosted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s, and more than holds its own against the current crop of digitally-enhanced superhero films.
October 17, 2017
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A breathlessly efficient B-movie of choreographed momentum and comic-book-panel compositions, The Terminator showed sci-fi could be as brutal and lean as the starkest pulp; Schwarzenegger’s angular physique would never be put to more perfect use.
October 05, 2017
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As science fiction with a time-travel and alternate-worlds premise, “The Terminator” is the start of something interesting that it never engages or develops—and that’s because the movie is conceived and realized not as a science-fiction film but as an action film. “The Terminator” blows itself up to distorted proportions, leaving its basic, central, crucial, and finest inspirations far behind.
August 17, 2017
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