Movie Analysis – James Cameron [6w7]

Normally movies are much more difficult to analyze than novels – I believe, mostly because there are extra people involved, partly from actors but mostly because the script may be written by someone different to the director (or several people), probably going through more editing from yet others. A movie also gives only an external view, which doesn’t open a window as deeply into the feelings, thoughts, sensations a character experiences. Still, sometimes its possible.

As a fan of Cameron’s movies, I’d watched e.g. The Terminator again recently without being quite clear of the type. 4? 7? Kyle Reese looked to be an ‘intuitive’ hero – the man who knows what the future is, dismissed as crazy – while Sarah seemed more feeling-based. The Terminator itself could be argued as most likely being thinking – a machine without feelings – while the story itself has a sort of futility or despair that could be argued to be 4ish. A question would be whether the Terminator’s nature is set by the plot, rather than being a genuine representation, and/or whether the scenes showing how it sees the world
actually show it to be sensation rather than thinking (?).

(By comparison, something like Jaws [Spielberg] shows a very clear 7w6 / ENTP structure, with seven ‘positive outlook’ being apparent (the mayor refusing to close the beach), and functions being Ne [the policeman who knows its the shark], Ti [his friend the marine biologist], Fe [the super annoying drunk sea captain] and finally the shark [Si – hunger -a literally Gluttony driven monster, its ‘a machine that ‘eats and swims and makes baby sharks”]. Alan Dean Foster, very probably another 7w6, more or less exactly created the same plot in space with Bloodhype, before Jaws existed, his hunger-monster the Vom being a blob that eats planets. But I digress).
Looking over the second movie, T2 Judgment Day, this gain a much clearer view and I revised some opinions since here, with three characters, things look very different. The three main protogonist characters now are Sarah [intuition, locked up for being crazy], the Terminator itself [thinking], and John, who offsets the Terminator’s logicality and explains about humans and stuff [feeling]. Directionally, it seems to be an Ni/Te/Fi setup [“INTJ”] which is what I’d have predicted for 6w7 – Seven Ne preference adapting to become a Te secondary function complementary to 6 Ni. Having both T and F present suggests that N is definitely the dominant function.
Leaving aside Jungian functions, we can see also 6 themes in the movie like: loyalty, fear, insanity (or fear of going insane). The characters are fairly ‘reactive’ and you would guess either counter-phobic 6, or maybe 8 from this. There’s perhaps less of an ‘edge’ that we might expect from an 8:

Dr. Silberman: It won’t work, Sarah. You’re no killer. I don’t believe you’d do it.
Sarah Connor: You’re already dead, Silberman. Everybody dies. You know I believe it, so don’t fuck with me!

(Sarah also fails to kill Skynet’s creator Dyson when she has a chance to take a shot at him; Silberman’s behaviour is also arguably not-8-ish in that I’d expect an 8 to believe someone else would take the shot.

We can see the same sort of counter-phobic reactivity in some of Cameron’s other movies, for example in Aliens, Ripley going into the alien hive after Newt is very much CP 6.

Loyalty and fear also appear in places.

Sarah Connor: [voiceover] Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The terminator, would never stop. It would never leave him, and it would never hurt him, never shout at him, or get drunk and hit him, or say it was too busy to spend time with him. It would always be there. And it would die, to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine, was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.

(Loyalty as a theme is also a theme in Avatar, with the main character there having to choose between the Na’Vi and Earth; while having the authority betray your loyalty to it happens with ‘The Company’ in Aliens).


John Connor: Are you ever afraid?
The Terminator: No.
John Connor: Not even of dying?
The Terminator: No.
John Connor: You don’t feel any emotion about it one way or another?
The Terminator: No. I have to stay functional until my mission is complete. Then it doesn’t matter.
John Connor: Yeah. I have to stay functional too. I’m “too important”.

Six themes are potentially visible in apocalyptic themes – the idea of the world itself being destroyed [Judgment Day]. Maybe ‘7ness’ is apparent in a sort of darkness/moodiness of the work – a sort of unhappiness is apparent in 7s but heavily buried via escaping to pleasant options, which may be closer to the surface when 7 is only the ‘wing’.


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