The Terminator (1984)

terminatorDirector: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Rick Rossovich, Bess Motta, Earl Boen, Dick Miller

 

Plot: A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Classic

 

Story: The Terminator starts first by the traditional introduction to our three main characters, first we have the cyborg Terminator (Schwarzenegger) who along with Kyle Reese (Biehn) have both been sent back from the future where robots control the Earth. Both are on a mission to find waitress Sarah Connor (Hamilton) who is key to the resistance against the robot battle.

When the Terminator starts tracking down all the local Sarah Connors he starts merciless killing them while Kyle is out to protect her from the cyborg. Sarah must work with Reese to survive and defeat this Terminator as she learns the truth about her own importance to the future of mankind.

The Terminator is one of the most iconic films from the 80s that has become one of the most talked about film franchises of all time. This role turned the fresh face powerhouse Arnold Schwarzenegger who has only been the good guy taking a cold-hearted killer role which was a huge risk but works to perfection. We get Linda Hamilton being the reluctant hero that evolves through the film to become the kick ass action lead we all know from the second film. We finally get a great action hero performance from Michael Biehn. We see this early film from James Cameron show all his potential to go on to make bigger projects with this still being one of his greatest achieves because of the budget this one had.

The action through this film is great because of how raw it all looks as it feels like it could easily be happening on the streets at any the present time while the special effects still stand the test of time. The concept behind the story comes off feeling so original for the time even if elements of this have been copied in recent years that this truly is one of the classics of the genre and film history.

 

Overall: Easily one of the most icon and brilliant films ever put to film.

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Point Last Seen (1998)

Director: Elodie Keene

Writer: Ronni Kern (Teleplay) Hannah Nyala (Book)

Starring: Linda Hamilton, Kevin Kilner, Sam Hennings, Kieren Van Den Blink, Mary Kay Place, Kory Thompson, Holly Bishop, Dana Reilly

 

Plot: Fact-based story about a tracker who searches for a little girl who was lost in the desert, but suffers internally because her own children were kidnapped by her ex-husband.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Standard TV Movie

 

Story: Point Last Seen starts by warning us that this is based on actual events. We meet Rachel (Hamilton) and Frank (Hennings) who get a visit from local sheriff who needs Rachel’s help tracking a missing little girl called Mandy. Rachel has been dealing with her own problems when her husband Kevin (Kilner) has kidnapped her own children and they have been missing for over a week.

We watch how Rachel starts her tracking while we learn how she became an expert tracker because of her abusive husband. The film continues to flick between the two timelines showing just how desperate Rachel situations are becoming.

Point Last Seen really takes a concept which could actually very exciting and makes it very slow moving and rather dull. We don’t need narration through the whole film while we watch Rachel walk around the desert. This really is one of those films that you see was made for TV and think, ‘yep 100% TV movie’. I understand how it is meant to be set on real events but a little imagination could have made it more interesting. In the end this really does come off badly with little positive about it. (2/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Linda Hamilton: Rachel Harrison is an expert tracker who gets called upon to find a missing girl all while battling her own personally problems where her own children have been taken by her abusive ex-husband. Linda doesn’t show all her skills in this film and ends up just mailing it in. (2/10)

 

Support Cast: Point Last Seen has a supporting cast that turn up through the film either in the flashbacks or the investigation but none of them are that interesting.

 

Director Review: Elodie Keene – Elodie does manage to make an easy to watch TV movie but I don’t see much of a career in feature films. (2/10)

 

Drama: Point Last Seen is one of the slow moving dramas that all end up make this hard to watch. (3/10)

Settings: Point Last Seen uses the settings very well to make the idea work but really could have been any desert. (2/10)

Suggestion: Point Last Seen is one to miss, it is too slow to really enjoy. (Miss It)

 

Best Part: Hard to find one.

Worst Part: Too dull.

 

Believability: Based on actual events. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

Overall: Point Last Seen could easily have just be an episode in a television series rather than a full film.

Rating 20

Top 5 Natural Disaster Films

San Andreas looks like it will be the biggest disaster film of the year, so I decided to look at my favourite natural disaster films. I decided to leave out 2012 because it goes too far for me into the mental adventure film but I really do enjoy it all. Nearly all my films have come from between a 6 years period too.

5. The Core (2003)the core

When the Earth is starting to stop rotating we follow a group of scientist who have to travel into the Earth to restart the rotation before time runs out. We have an all-star cast of Aaron Eckhart, Hillary Swank and Stanley Tucci too.

4. Volcano (1997)volcano

I do feel like Volcano is the least popular on the list here but after a while it does become very interesting the more you watch it. I feel this one is arguable the most sudden because it feels like a normal day and we actually have to see normal people deal with the situation.  This film also has big names involved with the legendary Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle and Anne Heche.

3. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)day after

The dreaded climate change has happened bring around a new ice age that will make the North Hemisphere going to be have mega numbers of casualties. This wasn’t one of my favourites first time around but now I do enjoy watching it. The film also has big names in with Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid.

2. Dante’s Peak (1997)dante

Yes, another volcano based film here this time a small town in the shadow of a dormant volcano faces the reality that the volcano is about to erupt cause their peaceful lives to change forever. I have picked this one because of the survival side of the story and it is James Bond versus the Volcano. Two more big names here Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton.

1. Armageddon (1998)arm

Armageddon will always go down as one of my all-time favourite films because the pure emotion thrown into the tragic disaster stories. We have brilliant action scenes, over the top action and comic moments throughout. It also has the odd couple feeling with the idea that one team is just oil drillers and the other is actually astronauts.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

logoDirector: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron, William Wisher Jr (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton,

 

Plot: Almost 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he’s still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun.

 

Verdict: Instant Classic

 

Story: Returning from the future the Terminator is here for good this time. This makes a good twist as we have Terminator versus T-1000 a much more advanced Terminator. The fight for the future is all put together very well with both parties aiming for the same target to stop the end of the world in the future and stop the rise of the machines. Even with such a detailed story it is easy to watch and simple to keep up with everything, we don’t have any twists that make us question what is happening, it is all linear and this works to its advantage as it has become one of the best sci-fi action films of all time. (10/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Terminator a killing machine sent back from the future, this time he is sent to protect John Connor rather than take out Sarah. He has turned into the perfect bodyguard and will not give up until John is safe from all the enemies around. Great performance from Arnold with this role made for him to shine in. (10/10)

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Linda Hamilton: Sarah Connor stuck in a mental home after what happened during the first film, no one believes her so she plays to escape but the Terminators are both after her. She reluctantly teams up with the same Terminator model who tried to kill her to take down Cyberdyne before the machines start to rise. Great performance making her a true action star leading lady. (10/10)

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Edward Furlong: John Connor the feisty 10 year old who one day will lead the resistance against the machines, he is the target of the T-1000 but has his own guardian angel sent back to protect him in the Terminator. He is smarter than most kids his age showing computer hacking skills years ahead of time. Good performance from Edward as the would be hero, but this would end up being the highlight of his career. (9/10)

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Robert Patrick: T-1000 the ruthless emotionless machine sent back in time to kill John Connor, this machine has the ability to flow through anything in its liquid form and also becomes nearly impossible to destroy. Brilliant performance from Robert, creating one of the most memorable villains in film history. (10/10)

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Director Review: James Cameron – The ground breaking film maker continues to show his skill for directing with a truly memorable film. (10/10)

 

Action: The action is none stop and you simply couldn’t guess what the next scene will involve. (10/10)

Sci-Fi: Great look at the bleak future and how to stop it happening. (10/10)

Thriller: You have to know what is going to happen all the way through. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting is used perfectly to create more tension and opportunities to create more action. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Brilliant use of special effects here and most importantly they have yet to date. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is an absolute must watch for everyone, it is one of the best if not the best sci-fi action films of all time. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Effects used to try and stop the T-1000

Worst Part: Nothing

Action Scene Of The Film: The final one, but could easily be the opening John Connor chase.

Kill Of The Film: The T-1000 has plenty of times it would be enough to kill something I will pick the Nitrogen one.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has Sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 4 Oscars.

Box Office: $520 Million

Budget: $102 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 17 Minutes

Tagline: Remember the action. Remember the danger. Remember the emotion. Remember the mission. But if you think you’ve seen it all…look again!

Trivia: To date, this is the only sequel to win an Academy Award when the previous movie wasn’t even nominated.

 

Overall: Stunning, Brilliant, Ground Breaking, What More Can You Say?

Rating97

Dante’s Peak (1997)

logoDirector: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Leslie Bohem (Screenplay)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renee Smith, Jeremy Foley, Elizabeth Hoffman, Grant Heslov, Tzi Ma

 

Story: Harry Dalton (Brosnan) is a volcanologist and after a tragedy refuses to stop working to stop more people losing their lives to volcanos. While on forced vacation he gets the call to go to a small town to check out the dormant volcano. The town called Dante’s Peak has just been name the second most desirable place to live in America. Mayor Rachel Wando (Hamilton) has to show Harry around and after his assessment he wants to put the town on alert, unfortunately his boss refuses to cause a panic until more evidence is gathered. After the worst happens Harry must race against time to save Rachel’s children before the volcano finally erupts

 

Time to get out before the lava gets them

Time to get out before the lava gets them

Verdict: A disaster film that packs plenty of punches, showing how Mother Nature can take back what was hers.

Story: This story at the time was all the rage with the likes of ‘Twister’ ‘Deep Impact’ ‘Volcano’ ‘Armageddon’ but now the disaster film almost gets over looked or way over done ‘2012’ for one. In truth this is a good story about one man’s chance at redemption. You will need to suspend your disbelief when it comes to some of the sequences along with any science you know can be thrown out the window. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Pierce Brosnan – Harry is a great character he has the knowhow on how to judge volcanos and also has enough guts to make the big decision. Pierce was fresh of his debut as James Bond in Goldeneye and was just starting to be considered a lead man, this film continues to show why he is and not just making him 007 fighting a volcano. Star Performance Award (9/10)

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Harry

Actor Review: Linda Hamilton – Rachel is a strong leader on a town, knowing how everyone in the town thinks as well as making sure everything decision made is right for her people. She also works in a variety of jobs and being a single parent. Linda plays the role great and after a string on poor performing films after Terminator 2. Favourite Character Award (9/10)

 

Director Review: Roger Donaldson – Being best known for his action films in the early 90s he took a chance on alternative films, This film follows ‘Species’ and shows that Roger does know how to take on a different genre without too much trouble. (8/10)

Action: Good action sequences throughout which lead to the car versus the Volcano at the end. (9/10)

Thriller: Keeps you very interested in what is going on but never really reaches the edge of the seat level until late in the film. (7/10)

Settings: A beautiful small town under a volcano fits perfect for the film show how feeling so safe can make you more vulnerable. (9/10)

Suggestion: All action disaster fans will enjoy but the more serious viewer will not find this too interesting as the story never challenges the mind. If you want an action film that will keep you entertained this is one for you to see. (Give It A Go)

Volcano Erupts

Volcano Erupts

Best Part: Car versus the Volcano.

Worst Part: Flaws in the story like the stubborn old lady.

Favourite Quote: Harry ‘I’ve always been better at feeling out volcanoes than people and politics’.

Trivia: Roger Donaldson once studied geology.

Similar Too: Volcano, Twister

Overall: A disaster film that like a volcano never stops erupting.

Rating 82%