Joel's 100 Films in 2015: The Terminator
25. The Terminator
At this point this film lives more in my memory than reality. The film I imagine I remember seeing has less "flashback" to the future, it had less naked Arnie (not that there's anything wrong with that!) and more scares. Although I think this one still plays as more horror movie than action movie.
In that way, this franchise mimics the Alien franchise. I like all the flavors.
It's hard to go back to the pre-badass Sarah Connor, but even in the role of the last girl, Linda Hamilton has great moments.
Not only is this movie less action-packed than its sequel, it's also more fatalistic. But it's still original and exceptional for its time.