The film opens with the depiction of the year 2029, a possible future where mankind has been oppressed by artificially intelligent machines, lead by the rebellious computer system Skynet.
This computer became sentient and started a nuclear war by hijacking control of the United States’ nuclear arsenal, launching the ICBM’s in a devastating attempt to annihilate humanity. A scroll appears on the screen, stating “The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. But the final battle will not be fought in the future. It would be fought in our present…tonight”.