Terminator is an American media franchise created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. The franchise encompasses a series of science fiction action films, comics, novels, and additional media, concerning battles between Skynet’s synthetic intelligent machine network and John Connor’s Resistance forces with the rest of the human race.
1. The Terminator
The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction film directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a savior against machines in a post-apocalyptic future.
Movie Story: A man named John Connor starts the Tech-Com resistance to fight the machines, defeat Skynet and free humanity.
With a human victory imminent, the machines’ only choice is to send a Terminator back in time to kill John’s mother, Sarah Connor, and prevent the boy’s birth, thereby handicapping the resistance from ever being founded in the first place.
With the fate of humanity at stake, John sends soldier Kyle Reese back to protect Sarah Connor, and thus ensure his own existence.
Movie Review: As we all know what the story is, I’ll just tell you a bit about what is so fascinating about it. First I have to mention Michael Biehn. He has the real starring role. He is the character that has to explain everything to the audience.
He has to explain this complicated story so that we know what is happening and why. It is not an easy job to do something like that and still come off looking all right. But Biehn is simply awesome in this film. A microcosm of his performance can be seen when Sara bites him. Biehn ( Kyle Reese ) replies ” Terminator’s don’t feel pain. I do. Don’t do that again.
” That is such a great line delivered with the perfect expression, the perfect tone and the perfect timing. Biehn is perfect for the role.This is also the first film that I saw as a youngster that ever warned me of the dangers of nuclear war and of the rapid advancements of machinery.
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action film produced and directed by James Cameron, who also co-wrote it with William Wisher. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong as its principal cast.
It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator, as well as the second installment in the Terminator franchise.
Movie Story: After machines fail to prevent John Connor from being born, they try again in 1995, this time attempting to terminate him as a child by using a more advanced Terminator, the T-1000.
As before, John sends back a protector for his younger self, a reprogrammed Terminator, who is a doppelgänger to the one from the previous film.
After years of preparing for the future war, Sarah decides to use the same tactics the machines used on her: preventing Skynet from being invented by destroying Cyberdyne Systems before they create it.
Movie Review: In “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the future once again comes hunting to kill John Connor. Though the world after the nuclear holocaust of 1997 is ruled by machines, a single man can still make a difference – and that man is Connor, who is a youngster as the movie opens but is destined to grow up into the leader of the human resistance movement against the cyborgs.
3. Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (also known as T3) is a 2003 science fiction action film directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. It is the third installment in the Terminator film series.
Movie Story: As a result of the destruction of Cyberdyne at the end of Terminator 2, the Skynet takeover has been postponed, not averted. In an attempt to ensure a victory by the machines, a new Terminator, the T-X, is sent back to terminate the lives of as many of John Connor’s future lieutenants as is possible, including his future wife Kate Brewster, and also John himself.
Kate’s father, General Robert Brewster (David Andrews), who is supervising Skynet’s development, is also targeted for termination by the T-X. After Connor’s future self is terminated by a doppelgänger of his previous protector, Kate reprograms it and sends it back to save them both from the T-X.
Movie Review: “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” is made in the spirit of these slick new action thrillers, and abandons its own tradition to provide wall-to-wall action in what is essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue.
The time-based paradoxes are used arbitrarily and sometimes confusingly, and lead to an enormous question at the end: How, if that is what happens, are the computer-based machines of the near future created? Perhaps because the plot is thinner and more superficial, the characters don’t have the same impact, either.
4. Terminator Salvation
Terminator Salvation is a 2009 American military science fiction action film directed by McG and written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. It is the fourth installment of the Terminator film series and a standalone sequel to 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
Movie Story: Following the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, after Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust, John struggles to become the leader of humanity to which he is destined, while Marcus Wright finds his place in an unfamiliar post-apocalyptic world.
In this future, altered by the events of the second film, the T-800 Terminators (Roland Kickinger with CG-rendered facial likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger) are coming online sooner than expected.
Movie Review: There are several contrivances, and truthfully they were rewriting the script as it was being filmed due to Bale’s demands, but all in all (and all things considered), this is an enjoyable film that not only is better on second viewing, but manages to ingratiate itself into the library of Terminator franchise films (or will when it’s out on DVD in an unrated, extended director’s cut edition, that is).
5. Terminator Genisys (2015)
Terminator Genisys is a 2015 American science fiction action film directed by Alan Taylor, and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. The film is a soft reboot of the Terminator film series, taking the basic story of the original film in another direction.
It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reprises his role as the Terminator, alongside Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, and Lee Byung-hun.
Movie Story: The story takes place in an alternate reality resulting from a chain of events related to Skynet’s (Matt Smith) actions throughout a previous timeline. Prior to this alteration, on the verge of winning the war against Skynet, John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends his trusted right-hand officer Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back through time to save his mother’s life and ensure his own existence.
However, Kyle arrives at an alternate timeline where Skynet had never launched its initial attack in 1997, and, therefore, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) was brought up by a reprogrammed Terminator (Schwarzenegger), sent by an unknown party to be her guardian ever since childhood.
Now Sarah, Kyle and the Guardian need to escape the T-800 Model 101 (Brett Azar with CG-rendered likeness of Schwarzenegger from the first film), the T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun) and Skynet’s T-3000, in an attempt to stop Judgment Day from ever happening; while trying to uncover the secrets behind Cyberdyne Systems’ new application software: Genisys.
Assisting the trio is Detective O’Brien (Simmons), whose investigation into Terminators and time travelers lead him to learn about Skynet, and helps the protagonists in their mission to avert Judgment Day.
Movie Review: I’m a huge Terminator fan (The first 2) and Arnold was my childhood. This movie was awesome a great add on to the originals. The effects were superb and the IMAX 3D was on point.
Arnold was great and as always killed the roll he was born to play, Sarah Conner was great and really stuck out, John Conner was well played and so was Reese. I had high expectations after the trailer and the plot came out and this blew it away. A must see.
James Cameron was right when he said we all finally got the sequel we wanted to see since Judgment Day. I can’t say it enough….See this film. ARNOLD is back just like he said
6. Terminator: Dark Fate
Terminator: Dark Fate is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Tim Miller, from a screenplay by David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Billy Ray, from a story by James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee, Josh Friedman, Goyer, and Rhodes. Cameron also produced the film with David Ellison.
Movie Story: the machines send a Terminator, Rev-9 (Luna), back in time to eliminate Dani Ramos (Reyes), whose destiny is linked to the Human Resistance’s war against them. The Resistance sends one of their soldiers Grace (Davis) back to protect her, and a chain of events lead Grace and Dani to join forces with Sarah Connor and the T-800.
Movie Review: This movie failed not because of horrible action scenes or whatnot, in fact it has some of the best action scenes in Terminator movies. What truly failed is the story, the writings, the characters, & the ultimate sin of franchise AKA destroying everything about the series.
It all bogs down to meaningless & convoluted changes & pretty much broke what made Terminator, “Terminator.” It’s very unfortunate when most of the part of the action scenes actually very thrilling & no awful jump cuts or stupid shaky cams like most of action movies this days. Not including how the people work on the movie totally awful in promoting this movie, alienating the fans, & pretty much discouraging them to watch it.
If you watch it in a total brain dead mode, you may find a bit of enjoyment out of it.