An unstoppable cyborg from the future (Schwarzenegger) journeys back in time to modern day America to kill a woman named Sarah Connor, who is destined to give birth to a son who will lead human resistance to the machines in a post holocaust future. The human resistance has sent back a warrior, Kyle Reese (Biehn) to protect Sarah and destroy the Terminator.
With this simple premise, writer/ director James Cameron created one of the enduring sci-fi classics. The film piles incident on incident, action on action, making the narrative more unstoppable than Schwarzenegger's Terminator. Even the flaws brought up by the film's time paradoxes are easily overlooked thanks to the relentless flow of action and the script's relative originality and wit. The lion's share of the credit for the film's success goes to Schwarzenegger for his powerful performance as the Terminator. This is a modern classic, standing up far better than its overblown sequel.
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