Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Time: 137 min
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Director: James Cameron
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong

Storyline:

Almost 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he’s still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun…

2 reviews

  • Terminator 2 is one of the best sequels ever made and a great action and science fiction movie. It further develops characters and has a great story as well. Each time I see it I like it a little more.

    Two Terminators are sent back to 1991. One is given the mission to kill John Conner, and the other one has the mission of protecting John Conner. Sarah Conner is currently in a mental institution for trying to destroy the computer that eventually would attack mankind on Judgement Day.

    The story is a great follow up to the first Terminator film. This time it feels like a lot more is going on. Its fitting how the Terminator did not kill Sarah Conner in the first film so it was sent back this time to kill John Conner as a young man. I like the parts that work from events that happened in the first movie, like how the Terminators hand is in the headquarters of Cyberdyne Industries and how they remember the first Terminators attack on the police station.

    The action scenes do a good job of complimenting the story. I really like the action scenes in this movie, especially when the T-101 fights the T-1000.

    Arnold is great as the Terminator again, this time as a heroic defender. I also really liked him as a bad guy in the first movie, but he is just as good as a good guy. He always is great in these films, which are definitely his best films he has made.

    The T-1000, played by Robert Patrick, is also great as the villain. He is really cool as a liquid metal machine that can make sharp pointed weapons. The special effects for him are really well done and hold up really well. Probably this film and Jurassic Park have the best usage of special effects in a film. I like how the T-1000 is a villain, but also cyberdyne industries and skynet are also a villain too.

    John Conner is pretty cool for a kid character, and you can see why people will follow him in the future. Sarah Conner is a much more interesting character in this film and gets to do a lot more.

    Great story, great characters, and great action. Great movie. I recommend it greatly.

  • “The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.”

    There can be no argument that Terminator 2: Judgment Day represents an undisputed landmark in the science-fiction action thriller genre. Quite simply one of the most entertaining films ever made, Terminator 2, like Aliens (1986), is an example of a great sequel that exceeds expectations yet does not overshadow its prequel, The Terminator (1984), which not only made Arnold Schwarzenegger an action star, but was the career launching pad for a filmmaking genius called James Cameron.

    Cameron, arguably the leading science-fiction visionary in Hollywood with films such as Avatar (2009), Aliens, and The Abyss (1989), writes and directs a very human story in a world that is on the verge of being ravaged by machines. Two ‘Terminators’ are sent from the future – one to kill John Connor (Edward Furlong), the other to protect him. Schwarzenegger plays T-101, the latter ‘Terminator’, while Robert Patrick creates one of the most frightening villains in movie history – the T-1000.

    Schwarzenegger will forever be known for his roles in the ‘Terminator’ films. In fact, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in that role. The Austrian bodybuilder-turned-actor may have limited acting capabilities, but his weakness is his strength here, giving a consistently expressionless display that is a perfect match to the cold yet cool persona of the ‘Terminator’, if it ever had one.

    The action sequences are loud, brash, Michael Bay-esque, but are bolder and are executed to nail-biting perfection. The T-1000 is a brilliant creation by Industrial Light & Magic, winning an Oscar for best visual effects. Terminator 2 raised the bar for CGI technology in the early 1990s, and the effects still withstand the test of time in this day and age, intriguing viewers even on the umpteen viewing.

    Strip down all the mind-blowing action set-pieces, explosions, suspense, violence, and brain-twisting science-fiction elements such as time travel, and you get a Hollywood blockbuster with a strong (and rare) emotional core that is the essence of Cameron’s vision for Terminator 2. “I know now why you cry. But it’s something I can never do,” a simple line uttered by Schwarzenegger’s character that rings startlingly loud with emotional truth.

    Terminator 2 is also a commentary on how Man always seeks to be destructive instead of being constructive. To destroy what we create. And ultimately to destroy ourselves. Toying with the ideas of Man vs. machine, Man’s over-reliance on machines, and the prospect of a horrifying nuclear holocaust, Cameron wants us to know that the fate of humanity lies strictly in our hands.

    Terminator 2 comes very highly recommended, and is in my opinion the greatest film of its genre ever made. Cameron will probably never do a film as insanely good as this.

    Verdict: The greatest of all sci-fi action thrillers, and the best film James Cameron has ever made.

    GRADE: A+ (10/10)

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