the terminator movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Teens and up will love this action-packed science fiction classic. There is some violence, cursing and sex, but The Terminator is entertaining and suitable for teens.


A soldier from the future is sent back in time to prevent a cyborg assassin from the same year as him who has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity’s salvation in the future.

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Movie details

Director: James Cameron
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen
Writer: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd
Release Date (Australia): 20 December 1984
Runtime: 107 minutes/1h 47m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish


Themes (M)

The film contains science fiction themes of threat in which a cyborg assassin is sent from the future to assassinate a woman.

Violence (M)

The film features shootouts and depictions of people being shot, as well as a scene in which a man’s heart is ripped out.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains several uses of “f**k”, “**shole” and “s**t”.

Nudity (M)

The film features female breasts nudity during a sex scene and male buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film features a moderate sex scene.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Terminator’s threat between a cyborg hunting down Sarah Connor creates the perfect definition of an exciting sci-fi action movie. The motion of this film is honestly very mildly wearisome in the way it holds your attention, but it’s super entertaining, original, exciting and the 80s’ special effects are always worthwhile.

There’s no denying that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the perfect role for this menacing and very robot-like cyborg assassin. He is simply just a cyborg assassin and nothing else. Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn are also very memorable, but mainly because of the concept of their characters; Kyle Reese is sent from the future to help Sarah Connor, and their roles are super fascinating.

One thing The Terminator does cleverly and pretty much perfectly is set the concept within a short period of time. That’s what really adds towards the thrilling tension and keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it’s always unforgettably original.

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