Reese is the unsung hero of the film... but the physicality, charisma and one-liners of the Terminator inevitably made Schwarzenegger the big star of the film (and whole franchise, eventually). 34 years later this is still enjoyable to watch, a straightforward action flick that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Many people considered it as an excellent action/sci-fi movie. But I always think THE TERMINATOR is an excellent horror movie. The main bad guy kinda reminds me to Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees. It bears a striking resemblance in its characterization: A cold-blooded and unstoppable killer who hunts an innocent girl. When you think it's gonna end, it's not over yet. Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance is chilling!
60/100 (SPOİLER. Çok fazla mantık hatası var o bu şu diye yazamıyorum bile. Ayrıca film bir yerden sonra monotonlaşıyor çünkü yapay zekanın hiç yada çok zor öleceği net belli oluyor. Sevdiğim özellikleri ise kesinlikle atmosferi, izlenebilme zevki ve güzel sonu. Onun dışında bu kadar abartmaya gerek yok.)
Box office smash that launched the careers of both Cameron and Schwarzenegger. Working from a B-movie template Cameron's well written film flipped the sci-fi genre making the villain the character the audience enjoyed more ('I'll be back'). The mythology was sound and expanded in the much bigger sequel that would come 7 years later.
In a sense you could classify the film as a horror. Schwarzenegger get's a lot of flack for his acting but his zero emotion as a literal killing machine as we witness the police station massacre is a more memorable moment than anything from the sequel. Even the stop motion and animatronics still have a believability, just to how much atmosphere the setting and cast have put into the stakes of saving humanity.
Impressive futuristic landscape kick-start this low-budget action movie that never lets go. It is also dirtier, darker and more depressing compared to the later overblown sequels. One of the reasons why the original is great was that Schwarzenegger played the villain - a cold gazed assassin cyborg out to change the past so that the robots can destroy humanity. Old story in new wrapping perhaps - but it is a good one.
"The Terminator" is for all intents or purposes a B cult movie, even though it lack the cheesyness of a cult movie or the polish of an Hollywood blockbuster, but it still managed to dish out fantastic effects. I never expected this but i believe that Tarkovsky's view on this movie is flawed. Sure penicillin and all that but this movie didn't intent in advancing cinema as art more than it does showing Linda's tits.
The film boasted a number of technological feats, ahead of its time. Also a great (great) platform for Arnold; little talking and more reliant on a physical presence (something he knows well). Story can jump back and forth a few times in an almost confusing manner, but all around a good film.