The first two Terminator movies are of course the best, but which one is really better, and how do the other four rank against each other?
James Cameron brought The terminator to the big screen in 1984. The film told the story of a young woman who is being chased by a machine from the future because she would give birth to the leader of the Human Resistance. This young woman, named Sarah Connor, is also sent a protector to keep her alive: Kyle Reese, a future soldier who is in the service of Sarah’s son, John Connor.
The terminator it was full of action, romance, horror, and a lot of heart. The film was a huge success and gained even more recognition after its home premiere. It created such a large fan base that, in 1991, a sequel titled Terminator 2: final judgment was released, which is still considered one of the best action / science fiction movies ever made. After two great successes, the Terminator The franchise continued through comics, toys, a television series, and most importantly, four more movies.
6 Terminator Genisys (2015)
Terminator Genisys made some bold decisions and tried to mix up the franchise. Unfortunately, he mixed it up a bit too much, including the strange and confusing spelling of “Genisys” in its title, which put people off even before they saw the movie.
While Arnold was entertaining as the older Terminator “Pops”, Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor left a little to be desired. She did a good job, but living up to Linda Hamilton was always going to be a near impossible feat. Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke did a good job as updated versions of Kyle Reese and John Connor, respectively. The story was different, but unfortunately the pre-movie trailers revealed the biggest plot twist and ended up downplaying the importance of the first movie.
5 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
T3: The Rise of the Machines not as bad as some fans say. However, from the original two films, it would have had to be absolutely incredible to be considered anything but a disappointment. Nick Stahl as John Connor went bland and didn’t even seem interested in being there. Kristianna Loken as the evil terminator of TX was not very believable and, machine or not, her performance seemed forced and was a bit annoying. Finally, although Claire Danes is a tremendous actress, she also seemed disinterested in the whole thing.
Arnold had some funny lines, but this is his most disappointing performance in the franchise, probably because he was preparing to be governor of California at the time. The story was a bit messy, although the last scene of the movie is certainly amazing. The music, mixed with John and Kate realizing that they were brought to the bunker to survive and fight in the future, was a genuinely interesting and emotionally charged twist.
4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
The most recent entry in the franchise had many entertaining aspects, but it was basically a reboot rather than a sequel. While it references the two original movies, it largely features an updated version of the original movie. Instead of Dani being Sarah, it has changed to her being the new John. Natalia Reyes did a good job as a victim, but she was not very credible as a future leader. Mackenzie Davis’ Grace had some heroic moments, but her acting was outdated, especially since she was an augmented human and not a full cyborg.
Arnold was as awesome as the new T-800 Carl and Linda Hamilton was coming back as an older, braver version of Sarah Connor. Gabriel Luna’s evil REV-9 was terrifying but was predictably defeated in the end. Dark destiny It had some positive attributes, but much of it is undone by the opening scene, which backtracked and erased everything that had taken place in T2: Judgment Day– and fandoms never take it well when a beloved part of a franchise becomes reality again.
3 Terminator Salvation (2009)
Terminator salvation It was the first film in the franchise to take place in the dark future, which had only been referenced in the first three films. It’s far from a perfect movie, but it adds a few new characters to the mix and tells the origins of some familiar faces.
The cast was stellar everywhere, but Sam Worthington’s Marcus and Anton Yelchin’s Kyle Reese stood out the most. Christian Bale is one of the best actors in Hollywood, but this was not his best effort and he will be most remembered for his off-screen discussion with a member of the crew. The updated Terminator theme is epic and the CGI Arnold as the T-800 was a really fun nod to the original movie.
two Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The importance of this sequel cannot be denied. It’s one of the best action movies, sci-fi movies, and general sequels of all time. T2: Judgment Day is the perfect combination of action, horror, science fiction and humor.
Arnold is in the prime of his career and he’s amazing as an updated heroic version of the T-800. Linda Hamilton has the featured performance as a badass version of Sarah Connor. Edward Furlong has moments where he’s overly whiny, but in the end he does a good job as young John, especially since it was his first acting performance. And Robert Patrick’s T-1000 is considered one of the greatest villains of all time and the CGI used to bring his performance to life was groundbreaking for its time. T2 It was one of the first films that started the tradition of each new James Cameron release and brought a major new innovation to the entire film medium.
1 Terminator (1984)
T2 It’s often considered the best movie in the franchise, but you don’t have one T2 without the original. The terminator It was a unique, action-packed love story that transcended time and gave fans a glimpse of a terrifying potential future.
A murderous cyborg from 2029 is sent back in time to kill a young woman who will one day give birth to the future leader of the human resistance. A human soldier from 2029 is also sent back to protect her. They fall in love and he ends up being the father of the future leader. The special effects may not have been as good as the sequel, but this was seven years earlier and it was amazing for 1984. And to this day, many fans of the franchise still maintain that they prefer Arnold as an evil and terrifying Terminator in place of a sage. -Cracked companion Terminator.
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