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