New Hollywood Cinema

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Science Fiction movies are a way for us to experience the world of the unknown, or the world that is merely based on theories and speculation. Audiences are mesmerised by exhilarating special effects and the unique and bizarre plots and storylines that comprise various characters that are either human or aliens from planets beyond our knowledge. However appealing and action packed these effects can be a film can't solely depend on spectacular special effects to create a narrative. Thus by employing a lucrative plot and storyline combined with characters that the audience can relate to, it is possible to have a film that entertains and therefore appeals to the audience. Contemporary Hollywood science fiction films such as Star Wars (George Lucas 1977), and Terminator 2 Judgement Day (James Cameron 1991) are successful in using these film making devices in order to attract and appeal to audiences.

Both feature films Terminator 2 and Star Wars have broken the box office, with Star Wars set in the future in a 'galaxy far, far, away', whereas Terminator 2 is set in the future 2029, but also shifts back into the past to the time of 1995 and uses elliptical editing in its structure to do so.

In Camerons masterpiece, two Terminators are sent back in time to the world of a young man named John Connor, who is the boy destined to grow up to become the leader of a resistance against the Terminator cyborgs. One Terminator (sent by the humans) was programmed to protect the ten-year-old boy, the T-1000 (a new prototype sent by Skynet, the artificially-intelligent robotic cyborgs) try to destroy him. He is the last known hope for the humans to regain control over the computers in order to save mankind.

Lucas's classic tells of a young Luke Skywalker (Mark...