Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day ★★★★

as impressive a piece of analog machinery as the original, to be sure, but idk i've always found this material much more impactful as existential technophobic slasher than action extravaganza. it is pretty astonishing that the blueprint for every bad franchise blockbuster for the last two decades is all right here (complete with winking humor/references and a constantly escalating plot where an odd makeshift family comes together in the middle of fx showcase setpieces) and somehow it all just rips anyway. i guess ultimately craft this good just overpowers it. helps that cameron is a solid writer too, the scene where linda tries to kill dyson in front of his family is just really emotionally perverse stuff.