It's ironic that I grew up on T2 without ever bothering to watch the original Terminator because it used to bother me when people would say that James Cameron's Aliens sequel was better than its predecessor. They're not saying that about any of the other Alien sequels now. I didn't like the 3rd or 4th Terminator in the theater but rewatching them back to back, they're curiously cohesive. If you can get past an android unnecessarily speaking English with a German accent, there's a lot of fun to be had. Truth be told, Judgement Day was basically just a retread with a bigger budget & the next generation of characters. Typical of sequels, it also added humor, both in the psychiatrist callback & the T-800 role reversal. Rise of the Machines dropped that humor & somehow managed to find a whinier John Connor than Eddie Furlong. Salvation brought back that Guns N' Roses song but Bryce Dallas Howard wasn't any tougher than Claire Danes as a substitute Sarah Connor. I don't know about Emilia Clarke because I haven't seen Genisys, nor was it included on this Blu-ray anthology, but now I feel obligated. #theterminator#t2judgementday#riseofthemachines#terminatorsalvation#terminatoranthology
The Terminator (1984)
In a nutshell: A cybernetic organism is sent back to 1984 to assassinate Sarah Connor, the mother who will birth the future leader of humanity in thier war against the machines.
A robot that looks human going after you for an action you haven't done yet. That's pretty scary. The Terminator plays out like a horror film. The way it's shot and the music emphasizes this as well, representing a dreading atmosphere.
This horror theme is also picked up in the future war scenes: twisted steel and skulls litter the barren wasteland, hunters killers searching for Humans to kill. The Terminator that infiltrated the Tech-Com base, firing off his laser weapon and all we see are his red eyes glowing. Also the way Reese acts solidifys how dangerous the terminators are, he's paranoid and has PTSD.
Brad Fiedel does a beautiful job with the score. It's iconic and truly gives off that robotic vibe with the synths and metal clangs. The 'DUH DUH, DUH DUH, DUH DUH' in this film sounds like when a train goes by. It has the same rhythm, very much matching an industrial machine sound to the film which was genius.
The acting was great from everyone. Arnold played the T-800 with a cold and calculating manner and the way he held his rifle in one hand and the shotgun in the other shows that he is a machine and it makes him pretty scary. Reese is intense as he suffers from traumatic stress from fighting in a future war. Sarah is grows from an unsuspecting victim to determined to fight back.
The Terminator in this film is quite scary as he massacres a entire police station to get Sarah Conner and even after being in a fiery explosion still gets back up as a metal skeleton with red eyes and still goes after Sarah. It really nailed down the rentlentless and that nothing will get in the way between it and it's target.
Overall, fantastic film and concept.