are B-movies, and then there are B-movies. With this inventive and tautly paced
actioner, about a cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger when he hasn't struck
it big yet) sent from the future to destroy his enemy before he is even conceived
and the human also sent from the future to prevent this, shows what can be done
on a cheap budget.
To my mind better than its successor (for pure freshness) this film shows
a keen understanding and love of the sci-fi genre. Exciting and thrilling with
enough black comedy, violence and car chases to appeal to even the most jaded
action movie freak this one is a must see.
(Although the stunts and special effects are nowhere as good as its sequel,
The Terminator has an ace up its sleeve: a well-written and taut screenplay
that doesn't tend to drift off into the occasional boring bits like in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).)
Review by James O'Ehley from The
Sci-Fi Movie Page.