Thursday, November 16, 2006
Ah, the Governator. Has anyone done more to promote the art of the sci-fi action movie? His resume reads like a pumped up sci-fi extravaganza, and don't we love him for it? Or maybe he's perfect for the medium because he looks just like a robot. Although, in the early days no one looked more like Conan the Barbarian than Schwarzenegger. This is one of the few sword and sorcery films Schwarzenegger did. As we all know, he wasn't likely cast for his acting skills but for his obvious brawn. But I still remember Conan fondly, especially Conan the Destroyer with Grace Jones. Not long after he made Conan, Schwarzenegger made what is still probably his best movie ever, The Terminator. I love The Terminator, and I think Terminator 2: Judgement Day is terrific too. I think in my mind these will always be the best movies James Cameron ever put out. If you are one of the few who haven't seen these movies, and you're a fan of sci-fi, you don't what you're missing. And talk about accuracy in casting, Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg; perfect! The Running Man came in 1987 and it's sort of what I think of as Steven King's take on the reality show Survivor. But the real genius of this movie was casting Richard Dawson as the host. The same year Predator came out. In this one Schwarzenegger's character, Dutch, finds himself fighting a deadly alien. This movie did well enough at the box office to merit a sequel in 1990. Though I mostly know the movie for all the one liners my husband loves to repeat ad nauseum. Dillon, you son of a bitch! Total Recall came in 1990. This was based on a Philip K. Dick novel, though mostly I just remember Kuato. ((shudder)) Eraser came in 1996, though I only remember the smallest of sci-fi elements in this. The 6th Day, a warm little movie about cloning and all kinds of violent mayhem came next. Actually, I liked this one. It doesn't dwell too much on the ethical reasons for or against cloning, but it does show what a future where cloning is commonplace might look like. Fun stuff. End of Days is another warm and fuzzy movie about Satan and the Apocalypse. But who doesn't love a movie about Satan. I especially like it when he looks like Gabriel Byrne. And then in 2003 he returned to his roots in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. This one wasn't as good as the earlier Terminator movies, especially without Linda Hamilton in my opinion. Though I did like the super cool Terminatrix. So there you have it. One heck of a list of sci-fi action movies. If Schwarzenegger isn't the patron saint of these kind of movies than I don't know who is.