The Terminator

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The first film in The Terminator series is not remembered for it special effects or amazing dialogue. It is remembered for its concept and also for the fact that it is such a believable film. It’s scientifically plausible due to all the futuristic technology worked into the film. Unlike other science fiction movies/shows, like Frank Herbert 's Dune, Star Wars, or The Planet of the Apes that are set in extremely far futures, other galaxies or on other planets. The Terminator is set in modern day America, with hints and innuendos on the the possible near future. The technology seen in the first Terminator film, that might seem far fetch but are quite possible are time travel, cybernetics, semiconductor technology, and even modern computer networking. After viewing movies like this one a couple of times, the audiences may wonder are such things possible in our reality, because nuclear war is very possible just look at the Cold War between Russia and America, but are state-of-the-art machines, time travel, or even warrior cyborgs-soldiers scientifically possible? The answer is yes, because in our day and age and the way technology is becoming better and coming out faster, it’s inevitable that we could go down the same route as well. This 1984 film is quite remarkable to me, and what is so different about The Terminator, is that unlike most of these films in science fiction genre, this movie has enough depth and substance that, not only was it fascinating to watch as a child but is still an irresistible temptation to watching as an adult. But it also has an archive of academic theory written about it. To comprehend and contemplate the scenarios presented, one must understand the plot/concept in the film. The Synopsis for The Terminator is not difficult to grasp, it all starts with: “...An indestructible, invincible, inhuman cyborg Terminator T-800 (Schwarzenegger) [who] is sent back from the future year 2029 to 1984 to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton),


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