The Terminator (1984)
Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) was sent from the very dangerous future to save the only chance that humanity has against the cyborgs. Her name is Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton); She will eventually become a target, Reese's mission is to protect her from the cyborg, Terminator from the future.
Skynet the mainframe from the future is at war with humanity. The time and date for the end of days are marked ready to ignite with the death of Sarah Connor. The woman will have a child he will become humanities best chance against the rising power called Skynet. John Connor is the leader of the resistance, eventually, the future is set and he will become what is foreseen.
The computer, Skynet has sent different Terminators to the past in order to change the outcome in the future. Failure will only give the humans a fighting chance. The computer has already devised algorithms set in motion in order to challenge the many possibilities that might go in the way of humanity.
Terminator (1984) is not only an action-packed film, it's pacing is very good as well. The standard for action in the 80s was pretty low. The film was an achievement for action and beyond its time. The engaging story pulls you in with each scene. Not that the futuristic theme overshadows the whole story. It really doesn't because when they flash to 1984, that's what you get. The film has the future setting, it even gives you a glimpse of it, but the magic of the film is just that, a glimpse. The film doesn't use the future as the only tool it has. The story, it's characters are the big win here. Reese, Connor, and the Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger make this very highly rated.
The technology is the Terminator the assassin in the film and the glimpse into the future. That makes a film more than your usual mediocre movie. The sheer presence of what can happen is established throughout the film without any huge special effects. A measure that Hollywood needs to take a hint from. Needless to say, this film isn't perfect, it pulls you in so much that when the film is over, you actually catch yourself looking over the shoulder.
The movie flows. moves from one scene to another, it transforms making it become more. Skynet is the overhanging theme, it there even though you don't see it. The monster under your bed. It's there enough that it gives you that creepy stomach feeling. That's what makes the Terminator so good. The antagonist yes is the Terminator, but the main villain is felt throughout the story.