‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 161

Ok after last weeks disastrous viewing of only 4 films! which didn’t put me in the best of moods on Sunday night! The first job of this new week was to give myself a real talking too, be more efficient and strict with my time when getting home from work, plus I made a radical decision (if you can call it radical) in that if I’m to succeed with the challenge, then from today with the exception of The Apprentice and the Formula One Grand Prix, I am ‘giving up’ all other TV programmes – PERIOD!

#121 / 365 – ‘The Terminator’ (1984) – 107 mins
IMDb Challenge #75 / 250 – Ranked #168 – Via DVD Collection

A cyborg assassin called “The Terminator” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back through time to 1984 to kill the seemingly innocent Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) – a woman whose unborn son will lead the human race to victory in a bitter future war with a race of machines. If the Terminator succeeds, mankind is doomed. Sarah’s only hope is a soldier, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) from that post-apocalyptic war, who has chased the Terminator back through time. The future of the human race depends on which one finds her first…

What can be said about the film that made the ‘Austrian Oak’ a household name and one that would propel him into superstardom, which has enjoyed by everyone at least once in their lives, hands up who hasn’t? James Cameron who though was early into his career was a director hungry for success and with something to prove, whose only previous offering was the abysmal Piranha II – and boy did he return to hit a home run here. The visual effects, whilst inexpensive do appear occasionally obvious but there’s no denying they are highly original, the scene where the T-101 is conducting body repairs is gruesomely effective.

Even though this installment of the franchise has a much more gritty feel than that of its highly polished and more expensive sequels, it is for me ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ that remains one of the very few films that is better than it’s predecessor which later went onto to spawn two further outings with the disastrous ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ before restoring some pride with ‘Terminator Salvation’.

The Terminator is a tense, slick, well executed and smartly written sci-fi thriller that gave birth to arguably one of the most immortal screen lines of all time – “I’ll be back.”

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