80's Discussion Forum

Terminator my ass! (July 22, 2001 9:09 PM)
Posted by: Dave Campfield

All that the original Terminator was an above average, fairly schlocky, low budget genre pic. To elevate it's merit to the level that you claim is in insult to film in general. There is no comparison to a film like Terminator and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Cameron was a young filmmaker discovering his weakness and strengths. He displayed plenty of both in the film. The storyline was hard to swallow, unless you believe in things like Santa Clause and the virginity of Bill Clinton. The soundtrack sounded like a kid playing on his dadís Casio keyboard, and the characterization was analogous to say... a prime time TV drama. Not bad, but certainly not worthy of this level of recognition. Raiders of the Lost Ark showcased mastery on all levels. Though, the ending effects could be aided by a little modern retouching.
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