Terminator 2: Judgment Day Reviews
What's even more surprising is that "T2" is a sequel of an already great film. 1984's "The Terminator" was an interesting premise that Cameron pulled off ably and catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger to the stratosphere of movie stardom.
"T2" has brains to spare to go with the action and there's a lot to like. The movie banks on the insight that humans are more destructive to the world than any machine can be. Linda Hamilton's amped-up Sarah Connor is the real emotional machine in "T2" unable to see beyond the mission of saving her son for the sake of a doomed humanity. She has such little faith in humankind that her actions become robotic.
The performances are top-notch. This is Schwarzenegger's key role and Hamilton has never been better. Robert Patrick's steely performance is incredibly menacing and Edward Furlong is innocent yet with strong conviction.
"T2" was well ahead of its time with its digital effects and it uses them magnificently.
There's nothing not to like about "T2", it's loaded with imagination, thrills and action.
"This time there are two."
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is every bit the classic the first Terminator was. It's as good as the first, which is something very few sequels can claim. There's a lot of cool stuff going on in this film, from the T-1000 to endless action. It all works extremely well in keeping the viewer glued to the screen. The story in this one may even be slightly more intriguing than that of the first.
In T2, Sarah Connor begins in a mental hospital because of her ranting and raving about the approaching Judgement Day. Her son, John Connor is under the care of some foster parents. Two Terminators come back to find John. Ones(T-1000) mission is to kill John Connor. The other(The Terminator, who was supposed to kill him in the first film), is rewired to protect John. The sweeping action and storyline is definitely a spectacle to behold as The Terminator and the T-1000 battle for the life of John. We also see a new addition to the film in bringing a human element to The Terminator.
James Cameron is obviously a skilled director and this and his first Terminator film may be the movies that define his greatness best. Sure, he's made other great movies, but for some reason these are the ones that stick in peoples heads the best. This movie is an exercise in visuals, in action, in suspense, and in pure filmmaking glory. It's perfect.
T2 is one of those movies you just have to see before you die. There's not a second of downtime in the film and yet it's not just another mindless action film that puts blood and guns before character and plot. Instead, it combines the action and character, blood and plot to make an action movie that rivals the best to ever be made. It's truly that good, and if you don't believe me; just watch it. You'll soon be a believer.
I love the original and think it's a great film, but this is by far my favourite in the series. For while the first movie is marked by an inescapable 80's feel, "T2" has truly stood the test of time. Particularily in the SFX department, where its groundbreaking CGI still holds up to a highly convincing degree.
Add to that an iconic performance by a cooler-than-ever Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined by an equally memorable turn by a chilling Robert Patrick (playing the T-1000), and there's no question as to how it gained its world-wide popularity. Because who other than Arnie could take a seemingly mundane phrase like "I'll be back" and turn it into a classic movie line, repeated to infinity.
A masterpiece of a sci-fi film, with some of the greatest, most thrilling action sequences ever made for modern cinema. The kind you can watch an endless amount of times, if only to hear Arnold say his famous lines once more.
hasta la vista, baby.