Once humans became familiar with their own intelligence and limitations, the next step was to replicate it and take it one step further. This idea gave birth to the concept of Artificial Intelligence and our imaginations haven't stopped since. While a normal person would think about the relief AI could bring to us there are a few smart people who want to think a little ahead and see how they can harm us and therein lies the root of our fears regarding AI. In the fictional world of John Connor's the Terminator series, on August 29th, 1997 Skynet became sentient. There is only one who is in its path to total world domination – John Connor.
The Terminator series created by James Cameron is considered revolutionary. The first movie came out in 1984 and at that time robots and cyborgs were a very distant possibility. The franchise is very layered when it comes to the concept as it covers the perils of cyborgs and androids, a post-apocalyptic world, and even time-travel. But it was the second movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day (or T2) which cemented the love for the franchise. Even though the sequels after that haven't matched up to it, people still follow the franchise religiously. But it was not just the concept which garnered so much praise, it also became Arnold Schwarzenegger's most popular role. Are you even a person if you haven't said, "I'll be back" the way he did, at some point in your life? To think Arnold almost played Kyle Reese in the first movie.
If you are one of those people who hasn't really seen the movie but are interested in the 3D re-release, you have come to the right place because we are here to tell you everything about the franchise. First of all, you need to know that it is set on a fictional Earth (duh!) with technology far superior to ours is currently. In that world, a Terminator from the year 2029 comes to 1984 with only one goal, to kill Sarah Connor. Why you ask. Because her son will someday rally a huge resistance against a sentient Skynet who is attempting to take over the world. Kyle Reese, another soldier from 2029 arrives to save her from the Terminator and thus begins a cat and mouse adventure. The events of the second movie are set chronologically after the first movie. Since there is time travel involved, there are huge discrepancies in the movies which came after that (especially Genisys). But to enjoy the new Imax version of Judgement Day, this much background is enough.
Until now, there have been a total of five movies in the franchise, each more complex in concept than the previous but till today Judgement Day is considered to be the best among all. In 2019, the rights of the Terminator franchise come back to James Cameron and he is planning to give the franchise a twist and make another trilogy out of it. We can only wait and watch how that turns out. But while we wait, the kids of the 80s and 90s get to see one of their favorite movies in a better format and also one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time (according to us and America Film Institute). The character of Terminator (or T-800) has been recorded as one of the greatest villains (for the 1984 movie) and one of the greatest heroes (for the 1991 movie). There is no character which can beat that record. Talk about losing to a cyborg.