Naked Time Travel
|Nice hair. What did you think I'd say?|
Armageddon has never looked so cool
The opening to "The Terminator" is still an iconic moment, and all the more impressive when you consider the small budget that James Cameron had to work with. We see skulls, darkness and destruction - it was one of the coolest things I'd ever seen when I was allowed to watch the film at around 10 years-old. Yes, I got to see "The Terminator" when I was 10 - but only on the condition that I covered my eyes while mum fast forwarded the sex scene. It was years before I realised Kyle was John Conner's father. Seriously! But it was a price I was willing to pay if it meant I got to see the rest of the film. The visions of the post-apocalyptic world are still burned into my mind, and combined with Kyle's flashback (flash forward?) the opening perfectly captured the hellish world humanity faced if the robots won.
There's always time for a bit of romance
|A picture from the future, from the past|
Ooh, pretty - we're all going to die!
There is an argument that "Terminator 2" simply copied a number of set pieces form the first film, but I say this is a damn good decision. Especially as they chose the best bits. When the Terminator arrives we don't know yet that he's gone all good and stuff, especially when he walks into a biker bar and demands "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle", while the women look on approvingly. After one unwise biker stubs his cigar out on Arnold's ginormous peck, the chaos begins and our robot friend gets his cloths, boots and bike. All while "Bad to the Bone" is playing in the background. It doesn't get much better than that.
Arnie's back - the first time
|"I'll be back"|
Single handed shotgun cocking
That sounds really wrong. But it describes a very cool action that happens a few times in Terminator 2; first by the Arnold machine himself, with the ever stupid John Conner on his bike and the T-1000 determined to kill them both. Arnie swings the shotgun round, reloading it in one fluid motion. Later, as the film hurtles to it's tragic and amazing end, Sarah Connor comes face to face with the same unstoppable killing machine. Injured, she cocks the gun one handed, pumping the T-1000 full of lead. Repeatedly. Until she runs out of ammo. Shit. Oh, it's okay - you have a friendly terminator on your side. Now limp away as quickly as possible!
In Your Face
Crane + Truck = Great chase
Okay, I have to pick something from T3, even though I hate the movie. It totally missed what made the other two great (decent story, sympathetic characters, etc) and though it had a very brave ending it failed to live up to be even half what the other two were. Even so, the chase sequence with the giant crane and a truck is one of the better chase sequences in cinema. Big, brassy and loud - much like the film as a whole actually.
So those are just some of my favourite moments from the Terminator movies. I haven't included the series as, though I enjoyed it, I honestly can't think of any moments that made me go "wow" in the same way as the films - even the crappy third one. And I also haven't included any moments from Salvation either as I have major problems with that film after the rubbish, cop-out ending. I was hoping for Connor to die and the robot to take his place, while everyone around him has to keep it secret. It would have worked beautifully and would also have explained why Skynet could never kill John Connor in their own time. But alas, it was not to be. Except for in my head - making it difficult for me to watch that film ever again.
What moments do you think stand out from the Terminator franchise (you're even allowed to pick stuff form the one's I've left out. I'm benevolent like that). All Arnie quotes are also more than welcome.