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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,…
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,…
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!
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…
Action on a scale that still blows away most of what we see today. Still don't love it as much as the first but it's totally personal preference for both.
Over the years, I have been unfairly dismissive toward Judgment Day because I prefer the original Terminator. Watching the long cut for the first time in years, I was taken aback by how much better the additions contextualize John's emotional attachment to the Terminator. I still think that stuff's a little corny, but I have to admit I was underappreciating this movie.
I absolutely love the lore behind the series. This is the last and final Terminator Movie with James Cameron on board. This film made him the pivotal Director he has become, and launched the careers of Arnold and Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick..even little Edward Furlong made some money after this one.(though hes a mess now) Every John Connor after this movie, just wasnt the same. Little Eddie personified Connor perfectly.
Still, without giving away and plot details:
I fucking love this movie. Practical Effects and CGI used perfectly. It doesnt even feel overly outdated like the first does at times.
Innumerable times, certainly 10+
Not only one of the greatest sequels of all time, but one of the greatest action films of all time. Almost perfect. Aside from a few camera inefficiencies it is very economic in its storytelling. T2 is so complex and well wrought, that as refreshing as Mad Max was, it cannot hold a candle to this film.
What's great is that the Terminator gains free will and faith at the end of it. What's that? You missed it? Sheesh.
John Conner tells him to stay. And he doesn't. Free Will. He tells Sarah that he cannot self-terminate. Why not if he's gained personal volition? Clearly he has learned the value of life (as Sarah says in the VO) and recognizing that he is made in the image of man that his life is not his own.
The first movie was already an outstanding and WOW-ish movie and you'd think it couldn't go better than that? Well you're wrong!
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is in all possible ways a better movie than the first one. I mean just take a look at those special effects, what an improvement that is!
What I said about the first movie being one of the best science fiction action movies of the '80s and of all time, that definitely counts for this movie as well and even surpasses part one on that. Not a surprise of course, since in my opinion this movie is superior to the original The Terminator.
I have seen this one a lot, and while It is an action classic, and has all the memorable one liners as always, I have found it really drags in the middle. Not to say it's becoming bad just a bit lengthy...maybe it's just me.
It's awesome, to be sure, but honestly I think it's a bit overrated and clearly inferior to the original.
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