Todd Russell’s review published on Letterboxd:
"You're the one living in a f**king dream, cuz I know it happens. IT HAPPENS!" - Sarah Connor
Where Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) played the waitress hunted and on the run in the first movie, she is now in a mental institute in T2. The world thinks of her vision of the impending Judgment Day, when Skynet decides humanity's fate, as crazy and irrational. Linda Hamilton has an outstanding character arc, becoming a seasoned warrior, a tough mom for her child, John Connor (Edward Furlong), who is estranged from her with foster parents until The Terminator, Arnold comes back.
In one of the greatest ever action flick sequel twists for a character going from emotionless, killing machine bad guy to fierce robotic protector, Arnold enters the fray to face off against the T-1000, the metal alloy Terminator played by Robert Patrick. It is ON! Add to this the relationship for young John Connor as he bonds with the machine and it's screenplay magic.
The special effects in 2019, 28 years later, still look awesome in this film. This one has everything the first one had and it's one of the rare sequels you'll ever find that is (a little) better than the original. Some might disagree with this, but for me, this is the pinnacle of the franchise. The holy grail moment that everything that happened on film worked. Among the greatest sci-fi action films ever made. Standing ovation.