Just watched it on TNT.
Man, everything is so...so 80's. This can be seen through the music and stuff, but also through the quality of the film itself. Besides the horrendious image quality, there are also the perfectly cheesy visual effects. I mean, the "Future" LA looks really low-budget, especially with the slow-moving vehicles and what's flying looking like its hanging from a string. Also, I could recognize when the Terminator was an animatronic dummy and when it was Arnold. When it was just the metal skeleton, walking about, it looked like a freakin' stop-motion puppet when seen solo! And the only thing that looked anything of state-of-the-art (though now pretty dated) was the lightning when the cyborg and fighter from the future came to the present and when the Terminator was itself terminated. But, then again, this IS 1984 and I think Cameron was starting out (or was he?) back then, so you can't blame the poor quality.
However, what this flick lacks in eye candy, it more than makes up for in terms of the script. The concept itself was quite unique; instead of a post-apoptyliptic (spelling?) film where the machines fight the humans, it has the raging war shown for a few seconds, then immediaty switches over to the present, where the machines try to get the upper hand by killing Sarah Connors, the woman who concives the leader of the human resistance, John Connors, and show that part of the war instead. Also, the title character itself was nicely unique too. It was part human, but felt no emotions. Technically, it was a cyborg, but only because it was metal wrapped in human tissue, feeling no pain or remorse of any kind. You gotta give 'em a round of applause for that.
What I really liked was the final scene. I mean, Sarah was making tapes of her commentary on the whole experience to try to understand it herself, and to tell her son the story one day. You have to love her words...About your father, well, I'm trying to understand myself...in the few hours we spent together, I felt we led a lifetime. I especially loved the final scene with the Mexicans. LOL
I would definatly recommend this movie (and probably its sequels, which I have yet to see) for anyone looking for a good, adrenline-pumping time. The Terminator gets 4 stars out of 5.
And one more thing before I go...what exactly caused the war and thermo-neuclear holocaust? Was it a war between Man and Machine, like what led to the events in The Matrix?
I think Scooby-Doo is knida over-rated and all of the HB Dogs should be praised.
Wouldn't it be great if their could be more Peanuts specials on DVD?
It was just what my career needed - I was at the top and now I'm at the bottom.
-Halle Berry, after "winning" the Razzie Award for Worst Actress