LAB CLASSICS: THE TERMINATOR
With his sweeping epic Titanic back in cinemas (sadly only in 3D IMAX) and the sequel to sci-fi adventure Avatar still dominating the box office, we’ve decided to give you the chance to revisit two of James Cameron’s bonafide action classics: 1986 ‘best sequel ever made’ Aliens and his gritty science fiction breakthrough The Terminator.
Endlessly imitated, The Terminator made the reputation of cowriter/director James Cameron — who would go on to make 1997’s titanic Titanic — and solidified the stardom of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie begins in a post-apocalyptic 2029, when Los Angeles has been largely reduced to rubble and is under the thumb of all-powerful ruling machines. Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), a member of the human resistance movement, is teleported back to 1984. His purpose: to rescue Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of the man who will lead the 21st-century rebels against the tyrannical machines, from being assassinated before she can give birth. Likewise thrust back to 1984 is The Terminator (Schwarzenegger), a grim, well-armed, virtually indestructible cyborg who has been programmed to eliminate Sarah Connor. After killing two “Sarah Connors” who turn out to be the wrong women, he finally aims his gunsights at the genuine article. This is the film in which Schwarzenegger declared “I’ll be baaaack” — and back he was, in “kinder and gentler” form, in the even more successful Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).