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…
I think I liked The Terminator ever so slightly more than this. The thrill of the one-man chase is what I appreciated the most from the first film, and the new terminator doesn't seem nearly as threatening here, especially since he was seemingly absent half the time. Arnold's bad guy terminator also had much more personality, as far as cyborgs go.
The change in tone from the first to second film is very reminiscent of Alien and Aliens, and I prefer the former, more focused film in both cases over the latter spectacles. That said, they are both excellent spectacles, and I'm very glad that I finally watched T2.
I kind enjoy the first entry more but certainly see this as the superior film. Either way the two are the perfect pairing.T2 is grander and more emotionally resonant on every scale. Linda Hamilton's badass Sarah I think outdoes either Terminators as the true force to be reckoned with. The T1000 effects are still wonderful and I'm glad we got a villain who wasn't exactly like Arnolds T800. But yeah this is probably Schwarzenegger's finest work in every way. He's tough, he's emotional, he's funny, this is his role. I still think that as great as he was as a hero here I like the T800 as a villain more than the T1000 or as a hero, he just brought a lot of menace to that and put his physical acting to good use. But yeah the kid playing John annoys the hell outta me but what can you do. T2 is still downright fantastic.
terminator 2: judgment day? oh you mean the greatest movie of all time
Chill out, dickwad.
can you believe that some of the best characterization I've seen is from a fucking terminator movie??? linda hamilton fucking killed it. sarah and john's relationship??? wow !!!
This is the last Terminator film, right?
Siempre que reviso ‘Terminator 2 – El juicio final’ pienso en que es la película que James Cameron había querido hacer en 1984, si hubiese tenido el mismo presupuesto y esos efectos especiales. Aunque la película original no fue un éxito inmediato, con el paso del tiempo fue creando una legión de seguidores (casi a la par que el caché de Cameron y Schwarzenegger ascendía). Eso hizo que la productora se rascara el bolsillo y pusiese 100 millones de dólares para realizar la secuela.
Si uno revisa los argumentos que se suele ofrecer al espectador para una secuela, coincidirá conmigo en que ‘Terminator 2’ tenía la mejor opción, el mejor enfoque y las mejores bazas. La primera cinta permitía jugar…
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