in about 100 words or less
US 108m, Colour
Director: James Cameron; Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Earl Boen, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen
In the role which helped launch his career as a film star, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s darkly humorous robot-like performance was a perfect fit for his character – a cyborg assassin sent back from the future to kill Sarah Conner, the mother of the leader of the future leader of the human resistance. Although the pre-CG special effects, particularly the close-up of Arnold’s self-corrective surgery, were never were really first-rate, the film’s unrelenting action sequences more than make up for the few visual shortfalls. The film’s strong script and convincing performances, particularly by Linda Hamilton, round out this now legendary science fiction/action/horror film which is as entertaining today as it was upon its initial release (Klaus Ming June 2011).