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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?…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day begins with the anticipation of the same formula as the original, and then proceeds to deconstruct everything that you thought you knew going in. Changing expectation with any sequel is one thing, but it’s always difficult to create one that evolves the story naturally without feeling like a mere extension – and this is one of the greatest examples of it done faultlessly.
The original cast are back, but under different circumstances. Schwarzenegger is no longer the destroyer but the protector, a spectacular subversion that places him as both guardian and father figure to the young John Connor (Pitched perfectly by Furlong). The emotional bond that…
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…
"Hasta la vista, baby."
152-Minute Special Edition: One of my all-time favorite sci-fi action blockbusters. Fantastic action set-pieces. Almost all of the special effects hold up. The couple of the longer added scenes help flush out the plot and characters.
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" surpasses the original film in every shape and size, and is one of the greatest films, and action films, of all time. What director James Cameron was able to accomplish in "Terminator 2" ended up becoming revolutionary to how action movies are made today. Filled with amazing action sequences, memorable characters, and some of the most groundbreaking visual effects ever put to film, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is a highly ambitious, entertaining, and truly awesome film from beginning to end, and is one of my all-time favorite films.
I'm still not convinced Arnold would fit in the bearded, old biker dude's clothes, but other than that I thought the movie was pretty good.
Great action, bad sci-fi.
My favorite movie
With a terrifying new villain and Arnie taking on a new role as the hero, Terminator 2 creates a satisfying and fascinating second chapter that manages to exceed the original.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS A BADASS ROBOT THAT TRIES TO SAVE A LITTLE BOY FROM ANOTHER ROBOT.
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