The Terminator (1984)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) James Cameron’s genre-defining masterpiece. One of the greatest Sci-Fi movie ever made.
2) Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800 “Model 101”, the relentless cyborg with a mission. A career-defining role, tailor-made for him.
3) “The Terminator Theme” by Brad Fiedel.
4) The Kyle Reese paradox.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“I’ll be back

Aliens (1986)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Solid excution by James Cameron – especially the boss fight with exosuit cargo-loader.
2) PTSD, lone wolf, badass – Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley is the John Rambo of Sci-Fi
3) Bishop’s slaughter scene
4) Mad gun battle sequences

 
Cons –

 

1) Newt – Slowing down the pace though being the only sub-plot
2) Predicatable story-line
Quote –

 

Ripley: Get away from her, you bitch!

Nightcrawler (2014)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) The Business & Management monologues.
2) Jake Gyllenhaal as a quick learning “Bizarro Travis Bickle” with strong bargaining and business skills.
3) An ordinary story pulled up magnificently by great acting performance.
4) The dark side of crime journalism.

 

Cons –
1) Though Jake Gyllenhaal convincingly played the role of a psychopath freelancer which is undoubtedly one of his best performance, he overacted.

 

Quote –
“Lou Bloom: You took my bargaining power, Rick. You used it against me. You would’ve done it again. Just admit it.”

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) The concept and story
2) Angel Of Verdun and Her Sword
3) Mimics; A new look for aliens (best since District 9)
4) The boss battle in the Louvre Pyramid.
5) After “Oblivion”, another defining Sci-Fi for Tom Cruise
6) Europe as the battleground ; The Beach Invasion (a nod to Normandy Landings)

 

Cons –
1) Bad choice for the movie title. (Just like Oblivion)

 

Quote –
“Master Sergeant Farell: Battle is the Great Redeemer. It is the fiery crucible in which true heroes are forged. The one place where all men truly share the same rank, regardless of what kind of parasitic scum they were going in.”