Retro Reviews: The Terminator (1984) Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

In the 1980’s a young James Cameron was fairly unknown and came up with the idea of a movie that would make his name, even though his agent at the time said the idea for “The Terminator” was a bad idea.

James Cameron fired his agent and got to writing a film which nearly everyone has heard of or at least seen since it was first released back in 1984.

For me The Terminator was one of those movies that I can enjoy over and over again, although can make you severely cross-eyed if you think too much about the time travel aspect of the film,  I can’t really put my finger on what the appeal is, maybe it the time travel side of the story, being a fan of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells stories with time travel in them do have me intrigued.

Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

It’s certainly not the superb acting by Arnold Schwarzenegger (I jest), but it still holds something that when I watch the film it’s like watching it for the first time all over again and having a remastered version of DVD is even better, though we do get to see a lot more of the wires and other gaffs in the movie 😉

But surely a movie that has spawned three sequels and a spin-off series, The Sarah Conner Chronicles, can’t be all that bad, yes there are those that will say that the film is awful and so bad, but we have to remember the time the movie was made, it had a new director and writer, a former Mr Universe and Linda Hamilton who had previously been seen in Tag: The Assassination Game, the film was low-budget and was full to the brim with special effects that were ahead of its time.

So I salute you James Cameron for bringing us a film that we can all love and hate, a film which is still enjoyable today and one which has certainly stood up well over the years.

Ther Terminator (1984) Original Trailer

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham