James Cameron is a master filmmaker, one of the best living. And the dance club scene from Terminator shows why.
A lot of the times, modern filmmakers seem like High School sophomore novelists: they know the language, and have maybe some natural talent, but they just don’t know enough about their craft to produce truly great works. The Taken shootout shows this most clearly.
Cameron, on the other hand, has clearly mastered his craft. The club scene is brutal, terrifying, and compelling. Any way you look at it, The Terminator is a great movie.