Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.

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A sequel to the sci-fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron upped the ante with this follow-up by employing a more sweeping storyline and cutting-edge special effects. Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor, now a single mother to rebellious teen John Connor (Edward Furlong), during the late nineties. Having been informed by a time-traveling soldier in the first film that John will one day grow up to become humanity's savior from a computer-controlled Armageddon, Sarah has responded by becoming a muscle-bound she-warrior bent on educating John in survival tactics and battle strategies. Her ranting about humankind's future has landed Sarah in an insane asylum and John in the foster care system. The rebellious John has responded to his situation by getting into scrapes with the law. When a new and improved Terminator android called the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) arrives from the future to eliminate John, an older model T-800 (Schwarzenegger) is sent to protect the boy. The T-1000, however, has the ability to morph itself into any shape it desires, allowing it chameleon-like powers and near indestructibility. The T-800 saves John's life and helps break Sarah out of the institution. Staying only one step ahead of the dogged T-1000, Sarah leads her son and the T-800 to the headquarters of Cyberdyne Systems, the company that will invent a robotic intelligence that will eventually take over the world. There, they attempt to convince inventor Miles Dyson (Joe Morton) to help them stop the future from ever occurring by destroying his work. Dyson sacrifices himself in an explosion to save the world, leading to a final showdown between the two Terminators at a steel foundry. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), which won four Oscars in technical categories for its groundbreaking effects, was followed by a short sequel filmed exclusively as an attraction for theme parks, Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time (1996). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Arnold Schwarzenegger
as The Terminator
Linda Hamilton
as Sarah Connor
Edward Furlong
as John Connor
Earl Boen
as Dr. Silberman
Joe Morton
as Miles Dyson
S. Epatha Merkerson
as Tarissa Dyson
Castulo Guerra
as Enrique Salceda
Jenette Goldstein
as Janelle Voight
Xander Berkeley
as Todd Voight
Ken Gibbel
as Douglas
Robert Winley
as Cigar Biker
Shane Wilder
as Trucker
Michael Edwards
as Old John Connor
Don Lake
as Mossberg
Richard Vidan
as Weatherby
Gwenda Deacon
as Night Nurse
Don Stanton
as Lewis the Guard
Dan Stanton
as Lewis as T-1000
Noel Evangelisti
as Hospital Guard
Tony Simotes
as Vault Guard
Diane Rodriguez
as Jolanda Salceda
Dalton Abbott
as Infant John Connor
Ron Young
as Pool Cue Biker
Mike Muscat
as Moshier
Dean Norris
as SWAT Team Leader
Charles Tamburro
as Police Chopper Pilot
J. Rob Jordan
as Pickup Truck Driver
Denney Pierce
as Burly Attendant
Terrence Evans
as Tanker Truck Driver
Pat Kouri
as SWAT Leader
Van Ling
as Cyberdine Tech
Peter Kent
as Mr. Schwarzenegger's Stand-In
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Critic Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

  • This time Mr. Heavy Metal is on the side of the good guys. Naturally, he isn't quite as much fun.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Even though this movie was made nearly 30 years ago, almost nothing about it feels dated.

    Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Terminator 2" is movie-making on a massive scale, packed dense with spectacular touches that are too many to describe - escape scenes, helicopter stunts and huge explosions.

    Jun 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It proves that crackingly fast entertainment doesn't have to be mindless, and it manages to do so, with an endearingly cheeky sense of humour.

    Jun 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Best of all, though, the level of tension in the film is palpable because we can`t figure out how Arnold is going to terminate the Terminator.

    Aug 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.

    Jul 29, 2013

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