Top positive review
An alright release of an iconic 80’s sci fi action film.
16 September 2018
1984’s The Terminator is still the best of the franchise after almost 35 years and easily the best film from James Cameron, well this and Aliens. While T2 had astounding effects, seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger being a good guy protecting a whining teenage boy left me cold. One almost hoped that the T1000 would of won!
In this the original, Arnie is the prototype bad ass killing machine that lets nothing or no one get in his way of achieving his mission of killing the mother of the son, that in a post apocalyptic future becomes the leader that defeats the self aware dominating machines.
It may of been a low budget film, but it uses all that it has to it’s advantage and is a singularly uncompromising sci fi action flick of the highest order.
Michael Biehn is raw and dependable whilst being vulnerable, and Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor goes from being a naive young woman to showing the character that will inform her future son’s upbringing as a wartime leader of strength remarkably. Stan Winston’s iconic make up effects still hold up well, as do all the work contributed to the production design and visual effects. Brad Fiedel’s soundtrack still pulsates with urgency and gusto when required, as well as demonstrating delicacy during the more intimate and humane moments (what there are, that is).
Picture quality is an improvement over the dvd as one should expect, but as for extras, one laments the absence of the extras that made the 2 disc dvd edition so worth while. What is included is minimal, so I guess we’ll have to wait for a more improved edition in future, hence why only 4 stars has been awarded. The film itself is easily 5 stars.
Iconic and brutal entertainment. One of the best sci fi films of the 80’s.