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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.
Though some of the acting is a bit over the top (particularly by Edward Furlong as a teenage John Connor) and none of the stunt doubles appear to accurately resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger, this film still holds up as one of the best action films of all time.
The first Terminator is a phenomenal film, this somehow manages to double in the spectacle of cinema. This is the rare beast of the sequel being better than the original if ever one existed.
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All that CGI-less stunt work is a sight for sore eyes.
No one will return the that feeling..that feeling when I first watched this movie ... the music that we stayed over a decade and a half in my head ... and no one will ever convince me that this is an ordinary action film..this film shows everything you need to have a SCFI and more than that, it shows emotion ...
shows an introduction to 3D animation, and the world what awaits us in the future ... we will not talk about the music..This is something that is no longer true...the first part of the 207 in the second ... 39 ... that there should be and to remain ... one of the real movies in Hollywood has everything you need ... and I think that this kind of achievement will never happen again ...
P.SThank you James Cameron for getting me introduced to the world of film and the quality ...
Terminator 2 is a part of who I am. That may sound melodramatic or silly, but I can't think of another film that had such a profound impact on me as James Cameron's masterpiece. I loved movies throughout my childhood, but Terminator 2 was something else. It hit may in a way no film had before and was extremely important in my development as a cinephile. And even looking past that, I really do think this is an amazing film which stands strong beyond my own personal attachment. It's got a cool story with a more interesting structure than people realize, great character progression, incredible action scenes, ground-breaking special effects, and top-notch production values.
I've seen Terminator 2 more times than I can count, but I still never get tired of it. I still feel the excitement, the tension, and shockingly enough (for a film like this), the drama. I love this movie.
"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.
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