A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
It's nothing personal.
Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.
The quintessential sequel, the quintessential sci-fi actioner & one of the greatest films ever made, James Cameron’s sequel to his breakthrough classic is such a massive upgrade over its predecessor that it ends up decimating the 1984 original in all filmmaking departments with effortless ease, and remains one of the most influential, entertaining & breathtaking action extravaganzas to ever grace the silver screen.
A highly irresistible, pulse-pounding, high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle that’s filled with some of the most dangerous, daring & heart-stopping stunts ever captured on the film celluloid, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the perfect definition of a worthy sequel that presents its renowned director at the peak of his gifted talents, is the finest work of his illustrious career, and…
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is a bigger film in every possible way compared to Cameron’s lean and mean original. It is ambitious, elaborately staged, obscenely expensive and a little bit flabby. It has a different, lighter energy to the relentless classic that preceded it as it expands on the universe and becomes a benchmark for practically every action blockbuster that followed in its monumental wake.
It is a sequel that has been reprogrammed, losing its meanness for spectacle and occasional comedy as Cameron plays with a whole new set of tools at his disposal. As a devoted fan of the lean lo-fi charms of The Terminator it is hard not to be slightly disappointed by this semi family friendly direction,…
F*ck me sideways! Wow what a good movie! How come i haven't seen this in all my 17 years of living on this earth!
Look at those special effects, such an improvement over the first one. Butt-naked Arnold as Model 101 enters the scene. Again. "You forgot to say please." Really? Run man, just run. Oh yeah! Nice bike. Damn, that grab and pull was fast! Sunglasses, of course. Arnie doesn't roll without sunglasses. Butt-naked Robert Patrick as T-1000 enters the scene. The cop uniform suits him well. The character introductions in this and The Terminator remind me of the way characters were introduced in For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Westerns are awesome. Edward Furlong as John Connor enters the scene acting all cool. Little brat. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor enters the scene all sweaty,…
The Zenith of Cameron (or is that to come?), otherwise known as making every other director in the world annoyingly (but happily) state, "Ah fuck, how are we gonna compare to that shit?".
I don't think anything compares to Arnold Schwarzenegger shooting a massive magazine of bullets into the T-1000 at point blank range, or the T-1000 walking out of a mirage of fire in his liquid form, or Sarah Connor's nightmare, or that perfect opening sequence, or the Bad to The Bone needle-drop, or that scene where Arnold falls for the "too slow" high-five trick (Arnold's reaction is hysterical), or that scene when THAT THUMB GOES UP. GODDAMMIT CAMERON. THANK YOU FOR THIS.
Getting to watch Terminator 2 was far tougher than it should have been when it was released. In fact, for a while it seemed to be the film that didn't want me to see it and, when I did see it, the circumstances were not exactly comfortable.
1) So, me and my best friend decided we were going to mosey along to a pokey old cinema called Cine City in Withington, Manchester (I think it's a Sainsbury's now). There were only about 6 people in. He had already seen it before. Two drunk blokes walked in. One of them jokingly asked if they could have some of the Milky Bar I'd bought. I nervously declined. They laughed. My best mate…
"If a machine ... can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too."
Much like how I reviewed and rated the first two Alien movies 5-stars because of the fact that both films are exceptional and groundbreaking in different ways. I think the same thing applies to the first two Terminator movies as well. They are two of the best science fiction films ever made, and to be completely honest I always have a difficult time picking which film I like best because they feel so different to each other.
Much like the first film, the sequel also thrives on a very simple plot without ever feeling convoluted in any way. It keeps the focus where it should…
Thought out and emotional, especially for an action movie!
Overlong, awful writing. The action scenes are fine but I don't care that much about action.
One of the greatest sequels of all time, Terminator 2 is a masterpiece of science-fiction action filmmaking.
James Cameron steps it up in nearly every aspect, building upon an already great film to make a truly flawlessly crafted thriller. It's bigger and better than the 1984 original, but also more human.
To flesh out the characters, Cameron assembled a reliable cast in the returning Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, the meaner and tougher Linda Hamilton, the frightening antogonist of Robert Patrick, and a breakout performance from young Edward Furlong. Character development is much stronger than your normal action picture, as the seemingly non stop brill ride has its quiteter scenes. Any film that can make me become invested…
Best movie ever man
A solid action film, a dystopian film before the dystopia, a film with parental themes that come off much more stronger than dramas, this sequel to The Terminator ups the stakes in every way possible. Some plot points maybe be considered a beat by beat rehash of the original, But Jame Cameron understands the genre and milks every once of potential to sodilify T2 as not only perhaps the greatest sequel, but up amongst the greatest action films ever made, I'm talking too 5 material!
(Seen on the big screen)
If you don't cry at the end of this movie, you're the fucking robot.
I have seen parts of this film a couple of years ago. Now that I have seen the whole film from beginning to end, I can safely tell that it was simply amazing.
It pretty much took everything that made the original awesome and expand upon it to like a 9000x level.
The story was more intense, the action simply fantastic, the characters were well developed, the stakes felt higher, and just everything is just. AAAAAH! This is just incredible.
Not the action packed thriller you'd expect, but still cool.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…