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    The Terminator

    terminator_one.jpgDirected by James Cameron, it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a saviour against machines in a post-apocalyptic future. Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier sent back in time to protect Sarah. The screenplay is credited to Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd, while co-writer William Wisher Jr. received a credit for additional dialogue. Executive producers John Daly and Derek Gibson of Hemdale Film Corporation were instrumental in financing and production.

    The film premiered on October 26, 1984. On its opening week, The Terminator played at 1,005 theatres and grossed $4.0 million making it number one in the box office. The film remained at number one in its second week. Cameron noted that The Terminator was a hit ‘relative to its market, which is between the summer and the Christmas blockbusters. But it's better to be a big fish in a small pond than the other way around.’ The Terminator grossed $38.3 million in United States and Canada and $40 million in other territories for a total worldwide of $78.3 million.

    From contemporary reviews, Variety praised the film, calling it a ‘blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story ... Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast in a machine-like portrayal that requires only a few lines of dialog.’ Richard Corliss of Time magazine said that the film has ‘Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.’ Time placed The Terminator on its ‘10 Best’ list for 1984.

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    terminator_two.jpgProduced and directed by James Cameron, who co-wrote the script with William Wisher. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong as its principal cast. Terminator 2 follows Sarah Connor and her ten-year-old son John as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator: the liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000 sent back in time to kill John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. 

    While talks of a follow-up to The Terminator arose following its release, its development was stalled due to technical limitations regarding computer-generated imagery, a vital aspect of the film. Its visual effects saw breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery, including the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character. At the time of its release, with a budget of $94–102 million, Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the most expensive film ever made.

    It was a box-office success, earning $205.8 million in the United States and Canada alone, and $520 million worldwide. Its release is the tenth-highest grossing of all time for an R-rated film. An estimated 48,656,400 tickets were sold in North America.

    It received widespread critical acclaim. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes – established on the Web in 1998 – retroactively reports that the film earned 93% positive reviews.

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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    terminator_three.jpgThis is the third instalment in the Terminator franchise, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. In the film, Skynet sends a Terminator, the T-X, back in time to ensure the rise of machines by killing top members of the future human resistance, which will be led by John Connor. Among the T-X's targets is John's future wife Kate Brewster, but not John himself, as his whereabouts are unknown to Skynet. John's life is placed in danger when the T-X finds him. 

    By the end of 1995, James Cameron was interested in directing a third Terminator film. He had previously directed and co-written the earlier films, but he was not involved with Terminator 3.  In 1999, Tedi Sarafian was hired to write the first draft of the script. Mostow joined the project as director in 2001, and he brought on John Brancato and Michael Ferris to rewrite Sarafian's script. With a final budget of $187.3 million, it was the most expensive film ever made up to that point.

    Premiered in Westwood, Los Angeles on June 30, 2003, and was released on July 2, 2003 by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States and by Sony Pictures Releasing International under the Columbia Pictures label in worldwide territories. The film earned a worldwide gross of $433.4 million, 17% less than Terminator 2: Judgment Day's worldwide gross of $519.8 million, not adjusting for inflation.

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines received favourable reviews from critics.  Rotten Tomatoes reported a 69% approval rating with an average rating of 6.55/10 based on 206 reviews.

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    Terminator Salvation

    terminator_salvation.jpgDirected by McG and written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. It is the fourth instalment of the Terminator franchise and serves as both a sequel to Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and a prequel to The Terminator. The film stars Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, with Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Michael Ironside, and Helena Bonham Carter in supporting roles. The movie focuses on the war between Skynet's machine network and humanity. Bale portrays John Connor, a Resistance fighter and central character, while Worthington portrays cyborg Marcus Wright. Yelchin plays a young Kyle Reese.

    The Halcyon Company acquired the rights from Andrew G. Vajna and Mario Kassar, and with several writers working on the screenplay, filming began in May 2008 in New Mexico, and ran for 77 days. Terminator Salvation was released on May 21, 2009 by Warner Bros. Pictures in North America and by Columbia Pictures internationally.

    It became the first film in the series not to open at number one and failing to meet Box-office Magazine predictions by 50%. Terminator Salvation was more successful in its international release, opening at number one in 66 of 70 territories through the first week of June, and continuing to be the highest-grossing film in the following week. Worldwide gross was $371,353,001.

    On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 33% based on 282 reviews, with an average rating of 5.10/10. The website's critics reads, ‘With storytelling as robotic as the film's iconic villains, Terminator Salvation offers plenty of great effects but lacks the heart of the original films.’

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    Terminator Genisys

    terminator_genisys.jpgDirected by Alan Taylor and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. The film is a soft reboot of the Terminator franchise, taking the basic story of the original film in another direction. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reprises his role as the Terminator, alongside Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, and Lee Byung-hun. It follows Kyle Reese, a soldier in a post-apocalyptic war against Skynet, who is sent from 2029 to 1984 to avert Sarah Connor’s death. When Kyle arrives in the past, he discovers that the timeline has been altered, and that Sarah has been raised by a reprogrammed Terminator. Sequels for Terminator Salvation were cancelled after The Halcyon Company faced legal issues and filed for bankruptcy.

    The film was released by Paramount Pictures on July 1, 2015, in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. It was not well-received by critics, who criticized the plot and acting, although Schwarzenegger's return and performance were praised. Terminator Genisys grossed over $440 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of the series. Terminator Genisys grossed $89.7 million in North America and $350.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $440.6 million. 

    Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 27% based on 270 reviews, with an average rating of 4.72/10. The website's critical consensus reads, ‘Mired in its muddled mythology, Terminator: Genisys is a lurching re-tread that lacks the thematic depth, conceptual intelligence, or visual thrills that launched this once-mighty franchise.’

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    Terminator: Dark Fate

    terminator_dark_fate.jpgDirected by Tim Miller and written by David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Billy Ray from a story by James Cameron, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman, Goyer, and Rhodes. Cameron also produced the film with David Ellison. It is the sixth instalment in the Terminator franchise following the return of creative control to Cameron.

    The film stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Sarah Connor and the T-800 Terminator, respectively, reuniting the actors after 23 years. It introduces Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta as new characters. Set 25 years after the events of Terminator 2, the film sees the machines sending an advanced Terminator, designated Rev-9, back in time to 2020 to kill Dani Ramos, whose fate is connected to the future. 

     Critics considered the film an improvement over previous instalments and praised the cast and action scenes. Grossing $261 million against a production budget of $185–196 million. It was estimated the film ended up losing Paramount and Skydance $100–130 million and plans for future films were cancelled. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 70% based on 338 reviews, with an average rating of 6.23/10. The website's critics consensus reads, ‘Terminator: Dark Fate represents a significant upgrade over its immediate predecessors, even if it lacks the thrilling firepower of the franchise's best instalments.’

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    Below are some of the principal actors from the various films, click on an image to view more information

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    emilia_clarke_sarah_connor.png     mackenzie_davis_grace.png     natalia_reyes_daniella_ramos.png     sam_worthington_marcus_wright.png


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