The Terminator is a fast-paced sci-fi action thriller. The action is intense, but the story and originality of this movie is what steals the show. This film had a low budget, but director James Cameron was able to make the most it. This was the perfect role for Arnold Schwarzenegger. His acting is limited and having him play an anti-charismatic cyborg is perfect. He does the job well. Linda Hamilton also does very well as the now iconic, Sarah Connor. This movie is mind bending with it's use of time travel, which adds depth to an otherwise typical action film. The implications that are put in place within the story make it feel more like a suspense thriller rather than just a "shoot-em-up" film. This film's dialogue is surprisingly good. It helps set the context of what is happening very effectively. Some of the effects are dates, but for running off of a smaller size budget, they aren't half bad. This film may not have started the "technology vs. man" genre in science fiction, but it developed that idea into a great action piece. Overall, I give this film an 8/10.