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Ragnar’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Grade: MASTERPIECE (5 out of 5)
There is no point in me writing a review for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which is one of the best sequels of all time, because everything that needs to be said about this movie has been said. The film is an action blockbuster masterpiece.
Instead, I would like to mention how the film combines great effects (practical and CGI) and solid storytelling to create an impactful movie. In the recent Terminator: Dark Fate, there was a scene with an airplane breaking apart mid-air with our characters having to find a way to survive the fall. On paper, it is a thrilling action sequence, and while on screen it was fun...the sequence was not impactful to me.
Cut to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which has multiple simpler sequences (e.g., the Terminator desperately crawling to his weapon, or a great but straight-forward motorcycle chase scene) that out perform more modern entries in the series.
Technologically advance effects are assets to movies, but without competent storytelling, these effects are lifeless. Unfortunately, this happens way too often. That is why Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which combines both aspects successfully, will always be a breath of fresh air.