Film 59 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge as 1984’s “The Terminator”. Now that I have seen the first 3 Terminator films (in reverse order (3,2,1)) I actually understand the plot a little bit more. When I watched the third one, I didn’t really know anything about the other two. Plus the only reference they made to Sarah was her coffin filled with guns and ammo. But I’m here to talk about the first film in the franchise. It’s feels weird seeing The Terminator as a bad guy after seeing him as the good guy/hero in the second and third films. My only problem with this film is Sarah’s choice of clothes. Pink tie-dye shirt and yellow Converses with blue shoelaces. Completely different to what she looked like in the second film. One question I have is about Arnold Schwarzenegger; is it me or does he look bigger, muscle wise, to how we see him in Terminator 2? I did have to turn away for a bit when he started cutting off his eye. That grossed me out a little. In 2009, director James Cameron was quoted in saying this about the film, “It made no sense whatsoever. But the beauty of movies is that they don’t have to be logical. They just have to have plausibility.” Thoughts? One thing I have found fasinating after reading it in the book was that the famous line “I’ll be back” was originally scripted as “I’ll come back.” Was that Arnold ad libbing or did he mess up his line and no one wanted to tell him? For those who want to here what I had to say about “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” then check out http://danwhite1993.weebly.com/blog/terminator-2-judgment-day-moviereview. If you have seen this film or any other Terminator films then let me know which one is your favourite in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1984’s “The Terminator”. I’ll be back with film 60 soon…
Film – The Terminator
Year – 1984
Director – James Cameron
Staring – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
IMDb Rating – 8.1/10
My Rating – 8.2/10
Los Angeles 2029
So in 2029, the world will be a complete wasteland
Did I get subtitles with no dialogue?
Now I’m in Los Angeles 1984
I didn’t catch a word of what he said
God damn! Arnie is HUGE!!!
Swinging cock and balls
Why does that guy have tire marks on his face
Never bring a knife to a machine fight
That terminator didn’t have such a nice landing
He just stole that homeless man’s pants!
Where’s he gone?
Who knew it was that easy to break into a store?
Better go shopping for clothes while the police are after me
Forgot to add this earlier but WOOP WOOP IT’S THE SOUND OF THE POLICE
Lace up my Nikes and I’m outta here
All phone booths in the 1980’s had the Yellow Pages with everyone’s phone numbers in it
Sarah Conner’s bike is terrible looking
Just stealing a car. Don’t mind me
This is a terrible restraunt
I’ll have all the guns please! And your blood!!!
Three Sarah Conner’s!!! Hope he gets the right one
NOT THE TOY TRUCK!!!
How did no one in the neighbourhood hear that gun go off?
Who smokes as a chef? Guess times were different back then
Who is this guy and why is he at a construction site?
Flashforward and I get my answer
Lets take shelter in the hobo camp
That car looks like it came from a demolition derby
Back to the 80’s
We had tape cassettes back in the day instead of iPods
Nice Flinstones shirt
Repeat the same speech to the other girl
That’s two Sarah Connor’s dead! That leaves one
Who let the lizard loose?
Break his kneecaps! That’s a bit mean for not being able to make the date
The good terminator has found her and follows her
That’s how you deal with the news
Give me a cigarette! I have one in my hand but I want another one
Who has sex with headphones on?
“You look like shit! Your mama!”
Sarah hears the news about the other Sarah’s deaths and knows she’s next
Stop eyeing her up creepy man
$4.50 to use the phone in a nightclub!!! No wonder I don’t go to them
Who has a phone in the middle of the dancefloor?
Back with Bad Terminator
Dance to a song about intimacy
She can’t hear her boyfriend get beaten up until he goes through the wall
That’ll teach you to listen to shit music
Bad Terminator’s moto – “Shoot first, ask questions later”
It’s a good thing Bad Terminator heard that voice message
Sarah finally gets a hold of Lieutenant Draxler
Bad Terminator arrives at the club
That bouncer looked like Billy Idol
Both Terminators are at the club
Bad Terminator’s found her!!!
Good Terminator has a shotgun to save her
THROUGH THE WINDOW
“Come with me if you want to live”
I would kill Sarah for wearing those clothes! Good god they’re ugly!
That won’t stop him
Nothing says a good chase like driving through alleyways
Add driving on pavements to that list
Good Terminator is called Reese
Did Bad Terminator imitate the cop?
Reese tells Sarah about Bad Terminator and his mission
We’ll be safe in this parking lot
The police have found the car but no Reese or Sarah
Who leaves a a car unlocked in a parking lot?
Reese explains why Bad Terminator is after her
I have a tattoo of a barcode! I’m worth £20 on Ebay
Reese tells Sarah tells about her unborn son, John
Bad Terminator has found them
Time for another chase
For anyone planning on making a getaway – Drive a Cadillac
Bad Terminator crashes into a wall
Reese’s car has stalled
WOOP WOOP THE POLICE ARE BACK AGAIN!!!
They’ve got Sarah with Draxler
They tell her that Ginger and Matt are dead
At an apartment, Bad Terminator checks cuts eye in the mirror
It’s a good thing all Terminators know first aid
EW!!! That’s nasty!
Reese explains himself to the police and battle of 2029
Time to blame Skynet
Back with Bad Terminator who starts removing his eye
Better wear my sunglasses to hide the missing eye
Where did he get that leather jacket from?
I’m using this interrogation tape so I can become an actor
Here’s a free body armour
The Bad Terminator was on PCP when he punched through the windows
“We’ve got 30 cops in this building” – And they’ll be dead within an hour
Bad Terminator arrives at the station
“I’ll be back”
Bad Terminator returns by driving a car through the front door and into the reception desk
First Person Mode – Activated
Reese breaks free
Add the assisstant to that dead list
Reese finds Sarah and they escape the police station
Let’s escape in my AMC
Don’t you hate it when you run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere?
Let’s take shelter under this bridge
Reese’s first name is Kyle
You got shot! It’s just a flesh wound
You talk about my future son while I operate on you
Do we ever know who John’s father was?
Reese is explaining the backstory to the sequel
He then starts talking about the battle some more
Didn’t I see that same shot at the start of the film?
In the future, the army will were ski goggles for eye protection
What’s on TV? “The Fire Show”
Future Reese has a photo of Sarah
The Terminators have arrived at their base
And that’s the dog dead!
The photo of Sarah is on fire!!!
Reese’s story put Sarah to sleep
Back at Bad Terminator’s apartment
How to respond to cleaners with The Terminator – “Fuck you asshole”
At the Tiki Motel
Do you have a motel room with a kitchen?
Reese just have Sarah a gun
Better ring my mum and tell her what’s happening
Sarah’s Mom is dead and is BAD TERMINATOR!!!
I bought mothballs, corn syrup and cola
What’s for lunch? A molotov cocktail
You make the bombs while I make dinner
Sarah asks Reese about women in the future
According to Reese – All women will be ugly in 2029
Reese then starts talking about the photo of her he had
This makes Reese mad
KISS ME BITCH
Time to have sex with a robot – So Reese is John Connor’s dad?
Back with Bad Terminator who has arrived at the Tiki Motel
They escape and run over Bad Terminator who then chases after them on his bike
Have a cocktail! It’s EXPLOSIVE!
Reese has been shot!!!
Damn! Out of ammo
Sarah knocks Bad Terminator off his bike but manages to flip her car
Bad Terminator just got ran over and torn to shreds by a 18 wheeler
He takes control of the 18 wheeler and crashes into the car just as Sarah & Reese get out
You can’t outrun a truck!!!
…Unless you shove an explosive in the exhaust
That stops Bad Terminator and melts his flesh and clothes
Better escape through this school
That’s no school!!! It’s a warehouse!!!
Reese collapses and Sarah carries him away just as The Terminator breaks into the factory
Who’s idea was it to set the crusher off?
He’s found them!!!
That led pipe was useless
Better light one last explosive
And that The Terminator dead
Sarah manages to get a piece of the Terminator stuck in the leg
Reese is dead!!!
WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!? HE’S ALIVE!!!!
She crawls her way to the crusher and The Terminator follows her
“You’re terminated, fucker”
And The Terminater has been crushed
WOOP WOOP THE POLICE ARE HERE AGAIN!!!
Time for a self help tape recording and the birth of the Sarah we see in T2
Sarah starts recording about John’s father… REESE!!!! But she doesn’t reveal his identity
“Gimme $5 for this photo or my father will beat me”
GOOD GOD THAT’S POORLY BLUE SCREENED!!!