(This review may contain spoilers).
Since I plan to watch Terminator: Genisys when it comes out, I decided to take advantage of my local cinema showing the original film that started the franchise.
I found it interesting to see how different the feel of this movie was in comparison to movies made nowadays. I think it was good for its time… and it’s obviously sparked off a massive franchise that doesn’t necessarily have to stay true to the source material.
I liked the opportunity to see Sarah Connor before she realised she was in danger. It was good to be able to get to know her as a character before the main action started.
It was also good to get to know Kyle and see how he felt about Sarah, even before meeting her in person. It was interesting to see the flashbacks to his personal history… but the first flashback wasn’t clearly defined, which was a bit confusing at first.
I thought that there were some quite graphic scenes that I wasn’t expecting. I also noticed that the Terminator’s face looked almost plastic at times in the film, which I wasn’t sure was deliberate… or if it was to due with the lighting. I liked being able to get a viewpoint from the Terminator’s perspective, but it would have been good to get a bit more information about how it knew to fit in. (There’s one scene where it accesses a response from a list, which was quite interesting).
I could see the evolution of Sarah’s character through the course of this movie, until I could see her becoming the person talked about in the future. One thing I felt was quite interesting was the fact that, although he was the main point of the story, John Connor never actually appeared. He was only alluded to.
I recognised one of the actors in the movie, as well as the obvious one. It was good to see some of the lines that have been used/referenced in other things.
I found this movie to be entertaining and the storyline drew me in. I enjoyed the interactions between Sarah and Kyle and I was emotionally invested in their survival. And this film has definitely expanded my interest in the Terminator franchise.