Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a struggling waitress. Nothing special about her. Then two other women with the same name as her are murdered in the order they appear in the phone book. Just before she is murdered, a hot headed man named Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) jumps in to protect her, "come with me if you want to live." Kyle isn't from 1984, he's from the future, sent back by Sarah's son to ensure she survives the terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sent back from 2029 to kill her.
High action and tension all through out. "You could go insane trying to work it out," and it is insanity if you try to work out the paradox. If Kyle never travelled back in time then... shit, sorry, no spoiler here, keep reading.
It is great to watch. Sarah is a strong character, and we all know how much I love strong female characters for role models. She begins as a damsel but when things go sideways, she learns to survive no matter the cost.
Ignore the fashion.
Michael Biehn... sigh, I love him.
Oh, and Bill Paxton makes an appearance as a punk. Too bad he wasn't in it for longer.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is amazing, even with the minimal lines. I never realised how dedicated he was to the role, and it wasn't until I saw an interview with him on The Graham Norton Show that I realised he was very intelligent. He is more than just a set of muscles.
Go forth and watch it. A little over-acting and terrible fashion, but still the best film... and because of it we have Jai Courtney in a Terminator film. Bliss.