Directed by James Cameron
This is a film I have seen many times, as it is one of my mother's favorites. It seems we watch it every year around her birthday and I think lately she has tried to make it a thing to watch it on Christmas. It's not quite keeping with the spirit of the holidays. Die Hard is a much more logical choice.
In 2029, mankind is at war with machines. Two beings are sent from 2029 to 1984 Los Angeles. One is a cyborg sent to kill Sarah Connor to prevent her from conceiving and eventually giving birth to the leader of the resistance movement in 2029. The other is a hot young guy sent to protect her from the cyborg. Was that a shitty summary or what? Time travel movies are always so complicated.
This is often classified as a science fiction/action film, but at times it doesn't feel that way and it certainly is not what James Cameron meant it to be. It feels a lot more like a slasher movie. You have a killer that is seemingly unstoppable, and the resourceful girl that somehow outlives all her friends. I happen to adore slasher films, so I really enjoyed this.
I am not sure I could adequately defend this against criticism. But it is a fun movie with great pacing and great twists.
It is rumored that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was chosen to play Sarah Connor but turned it down because of Saturday Night Live commitments.
O.J. Simpson was in the running to play The Terminator, but producers didn't believe he would be convincing as a cold-blooded killer.
Kyle Reese only smiles once in the entire film.