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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.
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,…
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 read once about how back in the 30s and 40s MGM executives would show Buster Keaton's The Cameraman to every comedy screenwriter and director on the lot, saying "this is what we want," and getting a steady stream of quasi-Cameraman remakes (including, for example, Night at the Opera) for their trouble. Now as far as I know, the filmmakers behind the current wave of scifi blockbusters aren't using Terminator 2 as a direct reference point, but they might as well be.
But why is this so much more effective than 99% of the movies in its wake? Especially when it has so many of the necessary evils of this kind of movie, like dopey catchphrases and music video tie-ins?…
It took the better part of a decade and a lengthy legal battle for Carolco Pictures over rights, but Terminator 2: Judgment Day was as inevitable as SkyNet and the war against the machines. James Cameron built the first Terminator movie as, to a degree, a told story but one with plenty of open-ended trap doors built in, with an expansive mythos he could mine to continue the epic tale of Sarah Connor protecting her child, the saviour of mankind, from deadly machines of a dark, terrifying future. Cameron here makes a sequel that both feels a different entity while retaining the pulpy action theatrics of the original. T2 is a textbook example of how to do a blockbuster sequel…
Terminator 2: Judgement Day, is just one of those films that no matter how many times I seen it, and even though I know the ending and all the one liners, it's fucking awesome!
'T2' is another James Cameron film that will stand the test of time, like 'Aliens' Cameron found the perfect mix of action, exposition and giving a damn about the characters in a genre so complex as Sci-fi.
"Its big-budget sequel adds only one ironic paradox to 'The Terminator''s mix: in 'T2,' we learn that the 'radically advanced chip' on which Skynet's CPU is (will be) based actually came (comes) from the denuded and hydraulically pressed skull of 'T1''s defunct Terminator...meaning that Skynet's attempts to alter the flow of history bring about not only John Connor's birth but Skynet's own, as well. All 'T2''s other important ironies and paradoxes, however, are unfortunately unintentional and generic and kind of sad.
Note, for example, the fact that 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day,' a movie about the disastrous consequences of humans relying too heavily on computer technology, was itself unprecedently computer-dependent."
I had David Foster Wallace's anti-Terminator 2 screed at the back…
From brilliant sci-fi noir to a Disney comedy mess. That theme/intro music tho... thu thu thum thum..., breathtaking.
This is one of the greatest science fiction action flicks to this day. The story, the effects, the characters, etc. All amazing.
If you've never seen this movie, do not watch the trailer ahead of time. Just go straight into it.
Robert Patrick is one of the best villains I've seen on screen and he barely has any lines. Just his look makes him intimidating. I love how they set up Arnold looking like a biker and Robert Patrick as a cop to throw off the audience as who's here to help this time and who's not. Considering we saw Arnold last movie, you'd figure he's bad again. Nope. That's the greatest surprise ever. Edward Furlong is now John Connor,…
What a difference a few more tens of million of dollars added to the budget can do to a movie. T2 outdoes the first by a long shot. After seeing The Terminator all the way through for the first time, I was curious to why so many people gave that movie a 100% tomato rating. Besides the fact that it was the first of its kind, I did not see what everyone else saw in it. A lot of people told me the second one was better, so I took their words and went to get it.
That was one of the best decisions I am going to make this year. After seeing Judgement Day I can finally, honestly call…
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, but this time he's on the side of angels as a future-sent baby sitter for young John Connor. The effects and set pieces are magnificent, but when Cameron focuses on the story the whole thing grinds to a halt. It's all more of the same, but the leanness that made the original so effective gives way to some bland characterization and a series of bad jokes. Patrick and Hamilton are decent, but Arnold is definitely the focus. It's unfortunate that the film spends so much time trying to humanize his perfectly non-human character. And the less said about Sarah Connor's internal dialogue the better.
There are few perfect films. Terminator 2 is one of them.
What separates this from lesser action films is its attention to character and - most importantly - character-driven action. While the action scenes are shot impeccably well, creative, well-paced, and large in scale, they are also - most importantly - large in emotion.
Most Hollywood movies get this wrong. Action scenes should not be a break from the plot or the character development, and nor should the character stuff be a break from the plot. Everything should be integrated.
With Terminator 2, the turning points in the character development and relationships *are* the turning points of the story. And these points coincide perfectly with the major action scenes.
Director James Cameron returns for this ambitious follow-up that was released during the July Fourth weekend of 1991, where it eventually grossed $520 million worldwide. Thanks to its at-the-time unprecedented budget of $100 million, this picture is a bigger, more complicated, and more impressive effort than part one. In this 137-minute action / sci-fi / thriller, two separate deadly cyborgs are sent back in time, one to kill, and the other to protect, a future resistance fighter when he's still a kid living in Los Angeles.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the intimidating title character, but this time he's helping our heroes, rather than hunting them. Fortunately, he's also given way more to do, with plenty of dialogue... even if most…
I can't decide if I actually prefer this to the first film or not. I guess I just didn't expect a sequel to work having loved the first film. But this is still a classic early 90s sci-fi, released the year I was born as well.
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