Total Recall is a 1990 science fiction film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
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The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction film directed by James Cameron and written by Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular "Terminator," a cyborg assassin sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic future to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a woman whose future son will lead the resistance against the machines that have taken over the world.
The film's premise centers around time travel, and the potential consequences of playing with the past. The story takes place in the year 1984 and it's set in a dystopian future where machines have taken over the world and started a nuclear war that killed most of humanity. In order to ensure their victory, the machines send a cyborg assassin, the Terminator, back in time to eliminate Sarah Connor, the mother of the future leader of the resistance against the machines.
The film follows Sarah's struggles to evade the Terminator, and her eventual alliance with another time traveler, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), sent back to protect her. The movie is filled with intense action and thrilling scenes, as the Terminator, an unstoppable killing machine, relentlessly pursues Sarah, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
The Terminator is often considered a classic film in the science fiction genre, and it was a box office success, it also establish Arnold Schwarzenegger as a major action star and helped launch the career of James Cameron. The film's critical success led to the creation of several sequels, and a franchise, and it's widely considered as one of the best time-travel movies of all time.