Pause for kids 14 & under
Tons of action, violence, and special effects.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is extremely violent and features multiple scenes of post-apocalyptic imagery and strong language. However, the film does a surprisingly good job of addressing the issue of collateral damage, which is often glazed over in similar big action films. The point is made by multiple characters, most importantly the child protagonist John Connor, that the killing of bystanders must be avoided at all costs, even though the fate of the world may hang in the balance. In this way, while a definitive big science fiction action film, this movie has more of a conscience than many other films in its genre.
- Families can talk about the development of such amoral killing machines as The Terminators? What would the ramifications of the existence of such machines be?