A cyborg is sent from the future to kill a waitress whose unborn
son will lead the humans in a war against the future machines.
The Terminator (1984)
Directed by James Cameron
Written by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn,
Linda Hamilton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Winfield
The Terminator is one of the best sci-fi/action films of all time and spawned one of the most popular franchises ever. It works as both a sci-fi film and a horror film, delivering some graphic imagery and a few jump scares. The first film starts this epic franchise off with one hell of a bang.
First of all, nobody but Arnold Schwarzenegger could have played the eponymous Terminator. He's a lifeless, cold, emotionless machine who feels nothing and cannot be reasoned with. It's almost like Arnold was born for that role. Michael Biehn is also great as the future soldier Kyle Reese while Linda Hamilton shines as Sarah Connor.
While the film does seem slightly dated at times (mostly in the factory climax with the stop-motion cyborg), the film still mostly holds up and remains exciting and fun to watch. It may not be the best film in the franchise (that honor goes to the sequel) but it's definitely the second best.