Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2

Hasta la vista, baby.

James Cameron’s sequel to his hit mainstream debut could not have been any better. Terminator 2: Judgment Day improves upon its predecessor in just about every way. The effects are far better than even the first film’s were, the cast improves on the original in countless measures; everything about this film is just bigger and better, designed to extract the most out of any and every viewing audience.

For the three of you who haven’t seen this, Schwarzenegger returns as a reprogrammed Terminator sent to protect 10-year old John Connor from the new bigger, badder T-1000. Along the way, they break out John mother Sarah (Lina Hamilton) and together the two go hunting for the birth of Skynet, Cyberdyne Industries, and the man responsible for engineering the downfall of the human race. The film feels a lot more like a timeless film than the first one, though that may be because I grew up in the 90’s when the film takes place. The script is a shine better, though is littered with 90’s lingo, which makes the film seem more dated than it really is. The cast are all excellent and fully visioned, especially the revamped Sarah Connor. The new addition, Robert Patrick, makes for a cold, ruthless killing machine, and the T-1000 is probably one of the greatest visual creations of the 90’s, and certainly the most memorable.

I don’t think I need to recommend this one; either you’ve seen it or you haven’t, and if you haven’t, either you will or you won’t, simple as that. If you’ve seen the first and haven’t seen this one, seriously, what are you waiting for? This is everything a Terminator sequel should be; it’s the perennial action movie, with grit and panache galore, all under the veneer of a highly tuned sophisticated…machine. Cameron does some fine, fine work, and this is but a stepping stone in the man’s heady career.

Arbitrary Rating: 9/10

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2 thoughts on “Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  1. This is definately the best one of the three in the franchise (I’m not counting T-Salvation) with the first film coming in 2nd place and the third film will ranked 3rd. I loved this film because the character played by Arnold is further developed and is now a good guy, if you will. I have a heart for the ”good guys.” It’s very rare that a sequel is just as good or better than the original and out of the small sequels that are better than the original, this one belongs with those. To be honest, this is only one of the three that I do not own on DVD. Keep your fingers crossed for a Terminator 4 (Or a Terminator 5 since Salvation will be counted as 4th) because several rumors (only rumors now) that Arnold has been contacted to appear in two more Terminator films as well as a sequel to Predators… And coming of a $40 million dollar divorce and a hefty child support payment, Arnold probably will accept the roles, if they are true. I hope Cameron will sign on in some role in the projects… Which seems unlikely as he is currently working on Avatar 2 and 3 to be shot back to back and be released in 2014 and 2015. He is also working on a film about the bombings on Japan in 1945. Good review Adol.

    • Cameron recently made an announcement that he’s going full blown Lucas in that he’s gonna work on nothing but Avatar movies and documentaries from now on. A bit of a shame, but understandable.

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