The Terminator

Title: The Terminator
Year: 1984
Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd, with William Wisher Jr., based on material by Harlan Ellison
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton
Music: Brad Fiedel
Distinctions: currently #184 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: an unstoppable killer robot from the future
Length: 107 minutes
How I saw it: on video twice, most recently January 2009; on television a few times
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 4/10 (gets points for concept, story, pacing and subjective rating) c. 2.2/4 (Okay).

It may be painfully corny in places (okay, most of the movie), but the idea of being relentlessly attacked by [the remains of] a demented robot is enough to get me to re-watch it every few years. Terrible dialog (“Talk to me.” “Okay, here’s my backstory…”). Very dated special effects. One of the worst scores of all time. But the concept is f***ing brilliant.

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