Arnold Schwarzenegger might well be one of the strangest men on the planet. He began his career as an internationally acclaimed bodybuilder back in the 1970s, but soon started starring in the leading roles of high budget Hollywood blockbusters. Throughout his acting life, Arnold featured in some of the best movies ever made, so it came as a shock to all of us when he decided to take a leap of faith and get involved with politics. What shocked people even more was when the good people of California decided to elect him as Governor. As the old saying goes “only in America,” right?
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I have to be honest here and admit that I started to care much less about this aging actor after that, as his new political role meant he became the man who had the last say on executions in that particular state. That means he had the power to veto any decision made by the courts. Throughout his entire term in office, he never did this once. That aside, he did make some fantastic films during the 1980s, the best of which we’re going to take another look at this morning.
Undoubtedly one of the best films of all time, The Terminator grossed more money at the box office than anything previously. Also, it is still recognised as a movie that broke the mould. Telling the story of Sarah Connor, and how she fought to protect her unborn son after finding out he would one day lead a revolution against unruly robots, this production still looks as fantastic today as it did upon its first release. The sequel is also considered to be one of Mr Schwarzenegger's best.
We learned from this movie that standard ammo is no use against vicious, venom spitting aliens from outer-space. While many Schwarzenegger films contain a lot of shooting and the use of weapons, this one requires him and the other actors to be a little more clever. It turns out; Predators have heat-seeking vision, and so keeping their body temperature low was the only way Arnie and his team could get close enough to beat them. In true Schwarzenegger fashion though, he successfully sends the mother-lickers back where they came from.
The Last Action Hero
In my opinion, this is the most enjoyable Arnie film ever made. It tells the story of a young New Yorker who spends his time visiting the cinema rather than doing homework. His favourite action star has just released a new movie, so he goes for a midnight showing. Being the only person in the theatre doesn’t bother him, well, not until the movie comes to life, and he finds himself in the backseat of Schwarzenegger’s car getting shot at. Though it might not sound like it, this is a tame film that’s suitable for the entire family. Indeed, that’s probably why I still enjoy watching it today.
Well folks, now you’ve read through the best Arnie movies of all time, I wonder whether you feel like I’ve left anything important out? Feel free to get in touch and let me know which are your favorites.