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The Terminator (1984)

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The Terminator Film Review

The Terminator movie series represents an icon in
American cinematic history. Regardless of age or gender, The Terminator employs many
different elements of film that make the movie a classic within the hearts of fans
across the nation. This is the movie that boosted new comer's Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s career, made director James Cameron a name in Hollywood, and gave
new meaning to a possible dark future that gave viewers nightmares about hostile
robot takeovers. Regardless of flaws present in the movie, The Terminator is a
highly entertaining film that should be seen by movie lovers everywhere.

The Terminator contains many cinematic elements that add to the movie’s unique appeal to
a large audience, which contributed to the film’s success during the 1980’s. The
story is about an evil cyborg, the Terminator (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger),
from the future that travels back in time in order to kill the mother, Sarah Connor
(Linda Hamilton), of the man who leads a rebellion against the machines. In
addition, a freedom fighter, Kyle Reese (played by Michael Biehn), also goes back in
time in order to save Sarah Connor from the Terminator. The film contains a gripping
blend of romance, action, and horror. Scenes of the Terminator brutally killing his
victims in the search for Sarah Connor are supplemented with the romantic
relationship between Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese. This makes the movie more
appealing to a mass audience by adding more substance to the film that goes beyond
gunfights and car chases. However, certain scenes of combat might get repetitive for
some viewers during the movie. The multiple car chase scenes in the film have the
same general formula; the Terminator finds and shoots at Reese and Connor followed
by a narrow escape by the protagonists. Nevertheless, the action scenes are very
exhilarating and employ special effects that are a focal point in the film.

The cast
of characters also represents the perfect portrayal for the plot and setting of the
film. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator character to perfection by displaying
robotic characteristics with little to no emotion, and makes the cold bloodied
cyborg killer very believable. Furthermore, Linda Hamilton plays the role of Sarah
Connor perfectly by properly demonstrating character development. She transitions
from a terrified individual to a confident character that is capable of holding her
own even against the evil cyborg. Michael Biehn lives up to the character of Kyle
Reese by displaying the brave and protective qualities that make Reese a central
figure in the Terminator.

The Terminator represents the first movie in a series that
will always be seen as a timeless classic in motion picture. The combination of
action, romance, excellent special effects, and character development makes it easy
to recommend this movie to anyone who appreciates a gripping film.

The Terminator . James Cameron. Orion Pictures, 1984. Film.

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Robots taking over!

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The “Second Variety” by Philip K. Dick occurs in the aftermath of a widespread
nuclear war between the Soviet Union, sometimes called the Russians, and the United
Nations. Major Joseph Hendricks is the commander of a small American force stationed
in the slag and ash of nuclear ravaged France. A few miles away are a group of
Soviet soldiers, and in between is an army of technological killers known as “The
Claws”. Early Soviet victories forced the North American government and technology
production team to flee to a moon base, leaving the majority of the troops behind.
To counter the almost complete Soviet victory, United Nation technicians developed
robots, nicknamed claws – the basic models are “a churning sphere of blades and
metal” that ambush their unsuspecting victims “spinning, creeping, shaking
themselves up suddenly from the gray ash and darting toward… any warm body.” United
Nations forces are protected from the claws by a special wrist tab that disables the
robots from attacking them. Within six years, the robots are repairing and
redesigning themselves in automated underground factories run without any human

The United Nation forces receive a message from the Soviets asking for
a policy-level officer to meet them for an urgent conference. Hendricks is sent to
negotiate with the Soviets. On the way to the Soviet base, he meets a small boy
named “David” who asks to come with Hendricks. When he gets to the base, the
soldiers immediately kill David, revealing him to be a robot. The three Soviets met
by Major Hendricks – Klaus, Rudi and Tasso – reveal that the entire Soviet army and
command structure collapsed under the onslaught of the new robots. From salvaged
internal metal identification plates, two varieties are identified: I-V, a wounded
soldier, and III-V, David. The II-V – the “second variety” – remains unknown. The
Soviets also reveal that the United Nation protective tabs are ineffective against
the new robots. Hendricks attempts to transmit a warning to his United Nations
bunker, but is unable to do so.

A crowd of David and Wounded Soldier model attack,
but Tasso destroys them with a very powerful hand grenade. They search for a hidden
escape rocket to hopefully escape to the moon base, only to find that the rocket is
a single-seat spacecraft. Hendricks attempts to leave, but Tasso quickly subdues
him. She convinces him to let her leave and send back help. In his injured state, he
has no choice but to agree. Alone, Hendricks discovers that Tasso was the true II-V
and recognizes that he has doomed the Moon Base by sending a robot to them.

Dick, Philip K. “Second Variety”. Gutenberg Ebook of Second Variety. May 1953. Web. 17 April, 2010. .

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