The research group CRAFT and the network ENCODE (both UiT) invite to a screening of James Cameron's action movie The Terminator (USA 1984) at Verdensteatret Cinematek on Tuesday February 20 from 18:00.
40 years after its release, CRAFT and ENCODE return to the seminal action movie The Terminator that brought James Cameron's break-through as a director. The film features Arnold Schwarzenegger as a merciless killing machine sent back to 1984 from the not any longer that distant future of 2029 to kill a child before it can grow up to become leader of the human resitance against an AI-based defense system that has taken the wrong turn. With this theme, Cameron's movie constitutes one of the cinematic urtexts of a techno-dystopian genre where machines rise up against their makers and threaten to destroy humankind. The Terminator is a fully-fledged action movie without major philosophical depths. However, the film also articulates a bleak no-future sentiment typical for the mid-1980s characterized by economic difficulties, US-Soviet power struggles, and an imminent threat of nuclear Holocaust. In this respect, the iconic final sequence of the movie summarizes the tone of an era in a manner that also speaks to our present time in uncanny ways.
After the screening Zoheb Mashiur (CRAFT) and Holger Pötzsch (ENCODE) will lead a discussion and q/a session.
Tickets can be bought online here or directly in at Verdensteatret Cinematek.
Please note that Tromsø Filmklubb will screen Termnator 2: Judgement Day on Wednesday, February 21 at VT.