There are many connections with technology that humans believe will affect our future. There are also many connections with other countries that could do the same. Released in 1984, “The Terminator”, is a movie that brings some hidden concepts, theories, and scares to the big screen. The plot revolves around a woman named Sara Connor. Sara is the future mother of a boy named John. In the future John is basically the savior of mankind against raging machines. To counteract the human’s effort, the machines send a terminator back in time to kill Sara Connor. At the time of its release, the movie suggested various theories, trends, and spawned different views on the world and those around us.
Innovation and creation is a key to the evolution of man. But can that same creation somehow destroy us? In the 1980s, there was a scare of whether too much technology and reliance on them could back fire on us. The 80’s was the jumpstart to the computer age. During this decade, there were creations of huge computer companies like Microsoft and Apple. A few years later and the world wide web suddenly became mainstream. During this time computers and new aged devices seemed the way to go. Because of this huge wave of new technological trends like cellphones and video games, movies were also inspired. “The Terminator” was the culmination of the thoughts and feelings of the people of that decade. The terminator movie was set in the 1980s and brought concepts to movie goers that would have never crossed their minds before. The terminator, though a science fiction genre, was thought to be a look into the future of mankind. Though the technology portrayed in the movie, like lasers and robots, seemed farfetched and out of our lifetimes, to some people in the 80’s this seemed like a possibility. With the quick rise of lots of new technological creations and the vast numbers they were coming in, the demand for bigger and better things surfaced. In the 80’s, IBM gave birth to the ideas of home PCs and that concept relates to the movie. In “The Terminator”, home computers and the internet become so advanced that the machines began to act on their own and turn on humans. The same technology we relied on so much became our downfall as seen in the movie. Basically, in the 80’s the technological scare of advancing technology beyond our understanding too fast and relying on them is shown can be related with the movie itself.
During the 80’s the world saw the end of the Cold War. During the Cold War, there was a lot of tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. These uneasy feelings were caused by much political conflicts and an economic crisis between both countries.Although the two countries never actually fought during this time, there was much to worry and be cautious of. In “The Terminator” the actual terminator machine was a unstoppable machine that took the form of any normal human. In the 80’s there was a scare of how terrifying the Russian soldiers were. The technology portrayed in the movie as well as the physique and heartless nature of the terminator suggested fears and thoughts of Americans during this time. The terminator could very well be the conscious fears of the creators of the movie and it could have leaked into the creation of the character.
The technological race between the two countries could also be linked two the movie. In the movie, one of the reasons why the machines backfired and turned on the humans was because of the ignorance and greediness of the scientists. The scientists were too proud of their works and had no idea that they made a too big of a step in technological advancement. During the 80’s technology has never been so vastly improved on before. There were things that many individuals only dreamed could happen. The economical, technological, and arms race of the United States and the Soviet Union makes a vague appearance in the movie that suggests that maybe we’re moving things too fast. There was ideas that probably we’re things were being taken too fast and we needed to slow down of else something like this could happen in the future. There was a nuclear arms race as well as an space race between these two countries.
Another factor that ties the movie and the 1980s together is the scare of nuclear warfare. In the movie, the main character, Sara Connors, learns that the destruction of humans was caused by machines that they have built. The scariest part of it was that the type of weapons they used were nuclear. During the 80’s, along with the scare of Russian soldiers bombing and invading the United States, there was an even more fearful scare out there dealing with nuclear warfare. In the years before the 80’s America has seen the destruction of nuclear bombs as seen with the results of testing and the rubble of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now during this time, America is well aware of the power and what the Soviet Union was capable of. Because the movie was made in America during this time, it is suggested that the people of of thee 80’s suggested these types of fears into the film. The concept of nuclear warfare is clearly seen in the movie and can be tied to the decade it was made in.
To sum up, The 1980s was a decade that gave the United States lots of new inventions and innovations. There were ideas such as mobile phones and home computers that seemed almost impossible just a few years ago. The 80’s also saw the end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union that gave us a mild scare with fears of war with hardened Russian soldiers as well as the possibilities of nuclear warfare. The huge advancements in technology was put to the test along with the Soviet Union that created a sort of rivalry. This rivalry forced the two countries to have economical races, space races, and political races. The movie “The Terminator” contains a huge chunk of history as well as the ideas and thoughts of the people living in this decade. Released in 1984, “The Terminator” is set in the time period it was made in and also introduced us to a fictional character called the terminator. This terminator was sent on a mission to destroy mankind. The movie carried much thoughts of people living in this time. For example, the terminator that came back in time suggests that the rapid advancements in technology during this time could very well lead to this situation. Also, the type of terminator and the time period suggests that the heartless machine portrayed a Russian soldier. The nuclear scare was also implemented into this film. The main character learns that the humans have seen their demise by the machines and their nuclear warfare. During the 1980s, there was a huge scare in nuclear weapons at that time. Could machines and rapid advancements in technology very be the end of humanity? Only time will tell.