Point Break

  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Producers: James Cameron, Peter Abrams, Robert L Levy
  • Writers: W Peter Iliff, James Cameron
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Sport, Thriller
  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C McGinley, James LeGros

Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), is a rookie FBI agent and former Ohio State quarterback who, with his partner Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey), is investigating a string of bank robberies by a gang of bank robbers known as the Ex-Presidents because they wear masks of former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Pursuing a theory of Pappas’ that the criminals are surfers, Utah goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing community. Knowing little of the sport and lifestyle, Utah persuades orphan surfer girl Tyler Endicott (Lori Petty) to teach him to surf.

In the process, Utah develops a complex relationship with Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), the charismatic leader of a gang of surfers, Roach (James LeGros), Grommet (Bojesse Christopher), and Nathaniel (John Philbin), who accept Utah into their midst as they realize he is a great athlete. As he masters the art of surfing, Utah finds himself increasingly attracted to the surfers’ adrenaline-charged lifestyle, Bodhi’s philosophies, and to Tyler.

Following a clue gotten by analyzing toxins found in the hair of one of the bank robbers, Utah and Pappas lead an FBI raid on another gang of surfers. While criminals, these surfers are not the Ex-Presidents and the raid inadvertently ruins a DEA undercover operation.

Utah eventually catches up with Bodhi two years later at Bells Beach in Australia where a record storm is producing huge, but lethal waves, an event Bodhi had talked about experiencing. After a brutal physical altercation on the surf, Utah manages to handcuff Bodhi to his own wrist, but through Bodhi’s persuasion, releases him to go ride the once-in-a-lifetime wave which will kill him. Utah walks away, throwing his FBI badge into the ocean.

Rambo First Blood Part II

  • Directors: George P Cosmatos, Sylvester Stallone 1
  • Producers: Buzz Feitshans
  • Writers: Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron, Story, Kevin Jarre, Characters, David Morrell
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson, Julian Turner

Rambo is working in a labor camp prison when he gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna). Trautman offers Rambo the chance to be released from prison after the events of the first film and given full clemency, but on condition of him going into Vietnam to search for American POWs. Rambo meets Marshal Murdock (Charles Napier), an American bureaucrat who is in charge of the operation and he tells Rambo that the American public is demanding knowledge about the POWs and they want a trained commando to go in and search for them. Rambo is briefed that he is only to photograph the POWs and not to rescue them, nor is he to engage any enemy soldiers. Rambo reluctantly agrees and he is then told that an agent of the American government will be there to receive him in the jungles of Vietnam.

Rambo parachutes into the Vietnamese jungles, but loses most of his equipment in the process and is left only with his knives, his bow, and arrows. He meets the agent, a native girl named Co-Bao (Julia Nickson) who wants to go to America. Rambo comes to the camp, in contradiction to his briefing he finds American prisoners there and rescues one of them. He, Co and the American POW escape in a boat but are attacked by a gunboat; Rambo sends Co and the POW to safety and manages to destroy the gunboat with an RPG. When Rambo calls for extraction, he is denied as Murdock fears what will happen to him and his party if the American public come to know about it.

Rambo then returns to the base and wrecks Murdock’s command center. He threatens Murdock with a knife, challenging him to find and rescue the remaining American POWs in Vietnam. Trautman then comforts Rambo and tries to pacify him. An angry Rambo responds that he only wants his country to love its soldiers as much as its soldiers love it. As Rambo leaves, Trautman asks him, “How will you live, John?” To which Rambo replies, “Day by day.” The film credits roll as Rambo walks off into the distance while his mentor watches him.

Avatar

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau
  • Writers: James Cameron
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver

The story’s protagonist, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), is a former U.S. Marine who was wounded and paralyzed from the waist down in combat on Earth. Jake is selected to participate in the Avatar program, which will enable him to walk. Jake travels to Pandora, a lush jungle-covered extraterrestrial moon filled with incredible life forms, some beautiful, many terrifying. Pandora is also home to the Na’vi, a sentient humanoid race, who are considered primitive, yet are more physically capable than humans. Standing three meters tall (approximately 10 feet), with tails and sparkling blue skin, the Na’vi live in harmony with their unspoiled world. As humans encroach deeper into Pandora’s forests in search of valuable minerals, the Na’vi unleash their formidable warrior abilities to defend their threatened existence.

Jake has unwittingly been recruited to become part of this encroachment. Since humans are unable to breathe the air on Pandora, they have created genetically-bred human-Na’vi hybrids known as Avatars. On Pandora, through his Avatar body, Jake will be able to walk again. Sent deep into Pandora’s jungles as a scout for the soldiers that will follow, Jake encounters many of Pandora’s beauties and dangers. There he meets a young Na’vi female, Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña).

Over time, Jake integrates himself into the Na’vi clan, and begins to fall in love with Neytiri. As a result, Jake finds himself caught between the military-industrial forces of Earth and the Na’vi, forcing him to choose sides in an epic battle that will decide the fate of Pandora forever.

True Lies

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: James Cameron, Stephanie Austin
  • Writers: Claude Zidi, Didier Kaminka, James Cameron
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, Tia Carrere, Eliza Dushku

Harry (Schwarzenegger) attempts to lead a double life, performing dangerous covert missions for Omega Sector with his support team of Albert “Gib” Gibson (Arnold) and Faisil (Heslov) while hiding this work from his wife Helen (Curtis) and daughter Dana (Dushku) under the guise of corporate travel. During a mission in Switzerland, Harry encounters and becomes suspicious of antiques dealer Juno Skinner (Carrere). His suspicions are correct, as Juno is helping to smuggle nuclear warheads into the United States for a Palestinian terrorist faction, Crimson Jihad, led by Aziz (Malik). However, while attempting to tail Aziz through the Georgetown Park shopping mall and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Harry is late for his own birthday party, angering Helen.

The next day, Harry tries to surprise Helen at work during lunch but overhears her talking with a co-worker about a man named Simon (Paxton) that she believes is a spy. Harry uses Omega Sector’s resources to track down Simon, and comes to realize that he is just a used-car salesman trying to flirt with Helen. In order to win Helen back, Harry arranges for a SWAT team to take Helen while she is seeing Simon, and then interrogates her through a one-way mirror and voice distortion to learn that Helen never slept with Simon but was only craving adventure, something that Harry never provided her. Harry arranges a fake mission for Helen to undertake as an operative, and tells her to pose as a private dancer in order to plant a tracking bug on an arms’ dealer staying in a nearby hotel. Harry assumes the role of the dealer, using the darkened room to hide his face, and planning to reveal himself to her to reaffirm his love. As Helen strip-teases for Harry, Aziz’s men burst into the room, and both Harry and Helen are taken prisoner.

The forces shortly receive news that Aziz and his remaining allies have taken refuge in a Miami office skyscraper, with Aziz holding Dana hostage after kidnapping her once he learned who Harry was, and demanding a television crew so that he can make demands to the government. Harry borrows one of the Harrier jets to get to the building. Faisil poses as part of the requested television crew, and is able to kill a number of the terrorists; in the confusion, Dana steals the launch key for the warheads and escapes to the roof, chased by Aziz. Harry arrives and kills the remaining terrorists in the building with the jet’s guns, and then helps to save Dana while killing Aziz by launching him on an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile towards a helicopter with the last of Aziz’s forces. In the following year, Helen becomes Harry’s partner in Omega Sector, neither hiding their secret profession from Dana.

Titanic

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: Jon Landau, James Cameron
  • Writers: James Cameron
  • Genres: Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Victor Garber, Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Gloria Stuart

In 1997, treasure hunter Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) and his team explore the wreck of the RMS Titanic, searching for a necklace set with a valuable blue diamond called the Heart of the Ocean. Unsuccessful, they instead discover a drawing of a young woman reclining nude, wearing the Heart of the Ocean, dated the day the Titanic sank. 101-year-old Rose Dawson Calvert (Gloria Stuart) learns of the drawing, and contacts Lovett to inform him she is the woman in the drawing. She and her granddaughter Elizabeth “Lizzy” Calvert (Suzy Amis) visit Lovett and his skeptical team on his salvage ship. When asked if she knew the whereabouts of the necklace, Rose Calvert recalls her memories aboard the Titanic, revealing for the first time that she was Rose DeWitt Bukater, a passenger believed to have died in the sinking.

In 1912, the upper-class 17-year-old Rose (Kate Winslet) boards the ship in Southampton, England, with her fiancé, Caledon “Cal” Hockley (Billy Zane) and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater (Frances Fisher). Distraught and frustrated by her engagement to Cal and her controlled life, Rose attempts suicide by jumping from the stern, but a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) intervenes. Initially Cal, his friends and the sailors, overhearing Rose’s screams, believe Jack attempted to rape her. She explains Jack saved her life, hiding her suicide attempt by explaining she slipped after trying to see the propellers. Jack supports the claim, although Hockley’s manservant, former police officer Spicer Lovejoy, is unconvinced. Jack and Rose strike up a tentative friendship as she thanks him for his corroboration, and he shares stories of his adventures traveling and sketching; their bond deepens when they leave a first-class formal dinner of the rapport-building wealthy for a much livelier gathering of Irish dance and ale in third-class.

Rose is taken by the RMS Carpathia to New York City, where she gives her name as Rose Dawson (adopting Jack’s surname, leading everyone to believe Rose DeWitt Bukater died on the Titanic). Having completed her story, the elderly Rose goes to the stern of Lovett’s ship. After she steps onto the railing, it is revealed she still has the Heart of the Ocean in her possession. She drops the diamond into the water, sending it to join the remains of the most important event of her life. The film ends with a shot of Rose in bed. Around her are pictures of her doing everything she said she would do with Jack throughout her life.[3] The final shot of the film is a vision of the young Rose reuniting with Jack at the Grand Staircase of the Titanic, surrounded and applauded by those who perished on the ship as she kisses him.

Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines

  • Directors: Jonathan Mostow
  • Producers: Mario Kassar, Hal Lieberman, Joel B Michaels, Andrew G Vajna, Colin Wilson
  • Writers: Screenplay, John D Brancato, Story, John D Brancato, Tedi Sarafian, Characters, James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

The events shown in the previous film Terminator 2, Judgment Day did not occur in 1997 as originally predicted, but John Connor (Nick Stahl), does not believe the prophesied war has been averted. He is living “off-the-grid” in Los Angeles, California with no permanent residence, credit cards, or mobile phone and is working freelance so that he cannot be tracked. Skynet sends another Terminator, the T-X (Kristanna Loken), back to July 24, 2004, Judgment Day, to kill the human resistance’s future lieutenants. The T-X, dubbed the “Terminatrix” by John Connor, is armed with a full arsenal of advanced weapons from the future, avoiding the restriction of non-living tissue by carrying them internally, including the ability to remotely control most machines.

As before, a reprogrammed Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), similar to the Terminators from the previous films, has been sent back in time to protect John and his future wife, Katherine Brewster (Claire Danes). This particular Terminator is revealed to have killed John in 2032 before being reprogrammed and sent back in time by John’s wife. After rescuing them from an initial attack, the Terminator leads them to Sarah Connor’s coffin, which her friends had filled with weapons in the event that Judgment Day was not prevented. The T-X and the police arrive, but John, Katherine, and the Terminator escape in a hearse.

John and Kate discover that the base does not house Skynet’s core, but is a Cold War-era fallout shelter for government officers; General Brewster having sent his daughter and John there to protect them from the impending nuclear holocaust. It is then shown that Skynet is software in cyberspace, running on computers throughout the world, making it impossible to shut down. Skynet launches nuclear missiles, starting the war against humans. Foreshadowing John’s future leadership role, confused military forces from Montana Civil Defense and amateur radio operators ask for orders, whereupon he assumes command.

Terminator Salvation

  • Directors: McG
  • Producers: Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver, Moritz Borman
  • Writers: Screenplay, John D Brancato, Michael Ferris, Uncredited, Jonathan Nolan, Anthony E Zuiker, Shawn Ryan, Paul Haggis, David C Wilson, Characters, James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Jane Alexander, Helena Bonham Carter

On May 23, 2008, Warner Bros. released the following plot summary for the film. The synopsis was modified on June 11, 2008:

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale), the man fated to be the leader of the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators, and the future he was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. John must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, John and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they find out a terrible secret that may lead to the possible annihilation of mankind.[2]

At the beginning, John does not start off as leader of the human resistance, but will work his way through the ranks in the film. He is mistrusted by other soldiers due to his extensive knowledge of Skynet.[3] McG said that the film will reveal the development of the Model 101 Terminator as well:[4] scenes involve humans being captured and studied by Skynet in order to perfect their cybernetic organisms and John explaining “[i]f we let these things go online, the war is over”.[5] Skynet captures Kyle Reese because it is aware that Reese is John’s father, and uses him as a bait in an attempt to kill John.[6]

The Terminator

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd
  • Writers: Harlan Ellison, James Cameron, Gale Ann Hurd, William Wisher Jr
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton

The film opens in the ruins of Los Angeles in 2029, showing that the world has been devastated by nuclear war. Intelligent machines control the post-apocalyptic Earth, and are determined to exterminate the human race. The action then shifts from the future to May 12, 1984.[2] Two men appear in Los Angeles in separate locations, manifesting in sudden, blinding flash-storms of electricity. One is heavily muscular, and appears unscathed by his journey; the other man, slim and wiry, seems to have been weakened by his journey, though he regains his strength fairly quickly. Both men are naked. The mysterious muscular man (Arnold Schwarzenegger) obtains clothes and weapons and begins hunting down all women named “Sarah Connor”, using a phone book to track his targets. He successfully kills the first two of the three listed women. When he attempts to kill the last Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), he is stopped by the other man, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), who has also been gathering weapons and equipment. It transpires that Reese has been sent back in time to protect her.

While hiding from their assailant in a parking garage, Reese explains that the man hunting Sarah is actually a cyborg assassin called a “Terminator”, built by Skynet, an artificial intelligence network created by Cyberdyne Systems. In the near future, Reese explains, Skynet gained self-awareness, intitiated a global takeover of military hardware, and launched a nuclear war against humanity. Skynet ordered that a scant number of humans were to be kept alive in order to be used as slave labor. John Connor, Sarah’s son, rallied the few remaining humans and led a resistance movement against the machines. After a grinding campaign, the human resistance was on the verge of victory; in a last-ditch effort, Skynet sent the Terminator back in time to kill Sarah before John was born, preventing the resistance from ever being founded and (presumably) allowing the machines to win by default. Reese volunteered to follow the Terminator back in time to protect Sarah; after his use of the time transportation equipment, it was to be destroyed by the resistance in order to prevent further Terminators from going back in time.

The end of the film shows Sarah pregnant and traveling in Mexico on November 10, 1984. She records audio tapes which she intends to play for her son, John, at some point in his life. She reveals to the tape that John is Reese’s son, conceived during their night at the motel six months earlier (see Predestination paradox), although she expresses doubt as to whether or not she will reveal to John the identity of his father.[4] While Sarah’s car is being refueled, a young Mexican boy takes a picture of her, which John will give to Reese decades in the future.The boy shouts a warning about the approaching weather in Spanish, which the gas station’s owner translates as “a storm is coming”. Sarah wistfully responds, “I know”, pulls out of the gas station, and drives into the distance where storm clouds are approaching over mountains. The end credits start to roll as her Jeep disappears.

Aliens

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd, Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
  • Writers: Story, James Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill, Screenplay, James Cameron
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the only survivor of the space freighter Nostromo, is rescued and revived after drifting for fifty-seven years in hypersleep. At an interview before a panel of executives from her employer, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, her testimony regarding the Alien is met with extreme skepticism as no physical evidence of the creature survived the destruction of the Nostromo. Ripley loses her space flight license as a result of her “questionable judgment” and learns that LV-426, the planetoid where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, is now home to a terraforming colony. Ripley is visited by Weyland-Yutani representative Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) and Lieutenant Gorman (William Hope) of the Colonial Marines, who inform her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426. The company is dispatching Burke and a unit of marines to investigate, and offers to restore Ripley’s flight status and grant her a commission as a lieutenant if she will accompany them as a consultant. Traumatized by her previous encounter with the Alien, Ripley initially refuses to join, but accepts when she realizes that the mission will allow her to face her fears. Arriving aboard the warship Sulaco she is introduced to the Colonial Marines, including Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews), Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), Privates Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) and Hudson (Bill Paxton), and the android Bishop (Lance Henriksen), towards whom Ripley is initially hostile due to her previous experience with the android Ash aboard the Nostromo.

Ripley and an injured Hicks reach Bishop and the second dropship, but Ripley is unwilling to leave Newt behind. She rescues Newt from the hive in the processing station, where the two encounter the Alien queen and her egg chamber. Ripley destroys most of the eggs, enraging the queen, who escapes by tearing free from her ovipositor. Closely pursued by the queen, Ripley and Newt rendezvous with Bishop and Hicks on the dropship and escape moments before the colony is consumed by the nuclear blast. Back on the Sulaco, Ripley and Bishop’s relief at their narrow escape is interrupted when the Alien queen, stowed away on the dropship’s landing gear, tears Bishop in half. Ripley battles the queen using an exosuit cargo-loader. The two of them tumble into a large airlock, which Ripley then opens, expelling the queen into space. Ripley clambers to safety and she, Newt, Hicks, and Bishop enter hypersleep for the return to Earth.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: James Cameron, Stephanie Austin, B J Rack, Gale Anne Hurd, Mario Kassar
  • Writers: James Cameron, William Wisher Jr
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Eleven years after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) destroyed the original Terminator that was programmed to kill her, two Terminators arrive in Los Angeles from the year 2029. The first is a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) identical to the one that Sarah first encountered, while the second (Robert Patrick) is a new model which assumes the identity of a police officer. John Connor (Edward Furlong) is now an adolescent living with foster parents. He has had an unusual childhood, with his mother Sarah constantly preparing him to fulfill his destiny as the leader of the future human resistance. Sarah’s experiences have made her tougher and more vigilant, but also desperate to warn humanity about the coming apocalypse. After attempting to bomb a computer factory, Sarah is arrested and remanded to the Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane under the supervision of Dr. Silberman.

Meanwhile, the Terminators locate John Connor in a mall. After John is rescued and a chase through the L.A. storm drain channels, the original Terminator escapes with John on his motorcycle. The Terminator explains that he is reprogrammed by the future John Connor to protect and obey John’s younger self. The other Terminator is a T-1000, an advanced new prototype programmed to kill John. It is made of “a mimetic polyalloy”, a liquid metal that allows it to take the shape and appearance of anything it touches. It can also form into knifes and stabbing weapons.

Having destroyed the T-1000, John throws the parts from the first Terminator into the steel; but the Terminator says that he too must be destroyed to prevent his technology from being used to create Skynet. Since the Terminator cannot self-terminate, Sarah must lower him into the steel using a winch. As the Terminator says goodbye, Sarah shakes his hand in a gesture of respect, and John tearfully begs him to stay. The Terminator reveals a newfound understanding of human emotions but insists that he must be destroyed. As he sinks into the molten steel, he gives a “thumbs up” signal. The film ends with a voice-over from Sarah, in which she describes her new optimism regarding the future.