The Terminator

The Terminator ★★★★★

The key to The Terminator's success is James Cameron's decision to take the story seriously. Futuristic robots and a post-apocalypse could have come off as very silly, but Cameron really sells it. The story and its themes actually carry weight and the characters feel real too. Beyond that, the craftsmanship here is really great. Cameron may have been an amateur and the budget he was working with was low, but his immense talent does come through. His action scenes are all excellent and he takes care of the human elements as well.

The Terminator could have easily been a forgettable B-movie. Instead, it's a classic.

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