Andrew’s review published on Letterboxd:
Effortlessly cool, technically impressive and visually stunning; James Cameron's super-sequel will forever be the bar which all sequels will be compared to.
The movie came out the year I was born, but it would be another eight years before I'd see TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY. I don't think there could have ever been a better and worse time for me to see it.
Dealing with complex themes such as fatherhood, destiny, and survival against impossible odds, T2 tells its story through the lens of adolescent John Connor who faces the newest threat from Skynet - a Terminator so advanced, it renders Arnold's unstoppable might obsolete. Who better to be put into protecting Connor than another of the model Terminator that nearly killed his mother a decade prior?
Cameron's sequel works because it doesn't try to out do the original TERMINATOR- it simply recycles the original into a bigger, more efficient type of film. And yet, the two couldn't be more different. Instead of just being a sci-fi thriller, T2 is a family drama about choices and consequences. Instead of there being little hope against a terrible future, T2 is full of hope that the nightmare can end before it even begins.
This reversal of film is proven at the moment Arnold asks to be lowered into the molten metal. Instead of sighing relief that he's gone like in the original, we are weeping for the end of his life - a machine that holds no soul, no feelings and no sense of purpose past its programming.