The term “sequel” has become a misleading and severely oversaturated marketing weapon. It is nearly impossible for a movie to be considered a blockbuster without being the first in its franchise. The problem with this definition of the sequel is that it leads to sequels that do not necessarily follow the original in any way or don’t live up to what they set out to accomplish. Here are some films that were made as sequels, but failed commercially and critically amongst other films of their series or genre.
Introduction of The Terminator
The Terminator is an American science fiction action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character alongside Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese. The film deals with a battle between a robot (Arnold’s character) from the future sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son, John Connor (Michael Biehn), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, a military computer system with artificial intelligence designed for worldwide domination to prevent its creation.
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Names of the characters in The Terminator
David Hyde Pierce
Story of The Terminator
This film is likely one of the most recognized films in history. Schwarzenegger and James Cameron took this movie on a full tour of the world and it was loved by all. There are many memorable scenes, but what may be even more unforgettable is when the Terminator (Schwarzenegger) kills Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) with a single shot from his archenemy’s pistol: the handgun from which he will be terminated. The gun in question was custom-designed for that scene, and it was created by armorer Ed Heitmann. Heitmann worked on some of the most famous guns in movie history. His most famous is the Gatsby gun from “The Great Gatsby”, but he also has a sawn-off double-barreled shotgun from “Cool Hand Luke” and a Colt SAA.
The Problem with Terminator 7 Restarting the Series’ Canon
In Hollywood, (almost) every property is getting rebooted or reimagined in some way. Superman has been reinterpreted several times. The Spider-Man movies are rebooting themselves every year. Even Star Wars seems to be retreading its old ground with yet another trilogy in the works that will ignore the events of the second and third films of George Lucas’s original series. Now, it looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger may be back for Terminator 7… but this time as an aged mentor instead of as a conquering robot from the future.
So, what do you think about The Terminator?
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