When the movie premiered, it was 1984. I was a sophomore in high school. It was the best movie I had ever seen.
At the time, everyone in my age group was blown away by this film. It was innovative, fun, and contained the best special effects we had ever seen. Our generation worried about nuclear war. This was one of the first movies to show us an apocalyptic world in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. Computers were a new thing to us.
This film made us think about computers taking over the world. It was brilliant.
The movie found its way into our vernacular. We discussed Skynet and time travel and cybernetic organisms. We joked about how we needed dogs now because they could spot Terminators. Most of us had never heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger but we started using his tag line “I’ll be back” in everyday life. We even imitated Arnold’s accent in conversations with our friends, teachers, and parents.
Main characters in the film were so memorable that even 30 years later most will recognize the names Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese. In 1984, Kyle and Sarah were among the top baby names parents chose for their newborns. The love story between Kyle and Sarah as original and unique. Kyle had volunteered to go back in time to meet Sarah because he already loved her. In the words of Sarah Connor “in the few hours we had together we loved a lifetime’s worth”.
If I could describe what it was like to see this movie when it first came out,I would say that my friends and I were just in awe.
The story was original, we cared about the characters, we believed in the possibility of the technology, and the action kept us on the edge of our seats.
I am looking forward to seeing the continuing legacy of the film and what the new Terminator film Genisys will offer fans of the original film. After 30 years, a new generation of fans deserves to experience the kind of excitement that we felt in 1984.