The Terminator

The Terminator

The Terminator

James Cameron’s classic ‘80s sci-fi flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg sent from the future to kill an unsuspecting woman, Sarah Connor.

A war between man and machine commences in the near future. In a desperate last act, Skynet, the oppressive computer system that’s fighting a losing war, sends a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) back in time to prevent the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, from being born. The ruthless robot has only one objective: kill the mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton).

In a unique moment of irony, they had once considered O.J. Simpson to play the Terminator, but feared he was “too nice” for the role of a cold-blooded killer.

1984Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes107 minsUK, USA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The heavy-metal future hell Cameron cooks up still steams with potency and, for those coming to it for the first time, the film grips like a steel hand.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is a monster movie, and the monster's role fits Mr. Schwarzenegger just fine.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As chillingly efficient in exacting thrills from its audience as its titular character is in executing its targets.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

One of the most effective science fiction films of recent decades.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The heavy-metal future hell Cameron cooks up still steams with potency and, for those coming to it for the first time, the film grips like a steel hand.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is a monster movie, and the monster's role fits Mr. Schwarzenegger just fine.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As chillingly efficient in exacting thrills from its audience as its titular character is in executing its targets.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

One of the most effective science fiction films of recent decades.

4.0