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

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) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (6)

  • James Cameron's update of his sci-fi action classic is a great night at the movies. Just don't expect it to change your mind about 3D.

    April 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Richard Trenholm

    CNET
    Top Critic
  • Inarguably one of the greatest sequels ever made, Terminator 2 builds itself upon a few key ideas that upend the audience's expectations and work like gangbusters with industry-altering technological execution.

    November 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Travis

    Cinapse
    Top Critic
  • No matter how bad the sequels get they can't undo the greatness of Terminator 2. This is a movie that will live forever.

    October 31, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Cameron's vision makes the engine go and shows why he is one of the best blockbuster directors ever.

    October 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Terminator 2 is genuinely reverential towards Arnold, gazing raptly upon his physical form and elevating his lack of affect to something like a Platonic ideal of masculinity.

    July 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • T2 truly attains the test of time with a fabulous story connected with smart and effective special effects that complement the story.

    June 22, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

    Animal Johns

    Starburst
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • May 23, 2016
    A classic and belongs in the top tier of action films. The action sequences are exciting and plain awesome. Involving an arsenal of weapons, a Harley-Davidson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, action movies don't get better than this.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Better than the first movie in every way, the bigger budget made a big difference! Terminator 2: Judgement Day is by far in my opinion the best action film ever made and one of the best movies ever made, this film set the standard for how action films should be. This film is a sci-fi masterpiece and can be watched a million times and you are guarenteed not to get bored of it. Thanks James Cameron!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2015
    Re-calibrating a nearly perfect audience-slaying machine into an equally entertaining follow-up, Judgement Day boasts still-awestriking visual effects and a winning twist on its own formula. The difference comes down to genre type. Shifting gears from sci-fi-horror to sci-fi-thriller, these continuing adventures play out more as an action movie than slasher flick to stellar effect. This pulse-pounding action, however, rivals the suspense generated by the first perpetual motion machine. Turning audience expectations on their heads, Schwarzenegger's iconic Terminator now becomes the guardian of the intended victim. It's such a genius twist on the formula that the series never stands a chance at reaching these vaulted great heights again. Putting forth basically the same story, this sequel nonetheless achieves a greater level of depth and emotion in making part two more of a survivor's tale. In this R-rated sequel, a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) gets sent back in time to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong), the boy destined to lead freedom fighters of the future including his mother (Hamilton), a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. In a great turnabout from being the heavy, Schwarzenegger imbues the role with an indelible amount of character. As the liquid metal monster T-1000, however, Robert Patrick exudes menace with every precise step. Linda Hamilton made Sarah Connor more than just a hapless victim in the first chapter, but what she does here - becoming a cold killing machine herself - is superb. The pioneering computer effects remain the star, however, wowing 2015 viewers just as much as the weapons-grade digital work today. The script loses a couple of points for sentimentality in regards to young John Connor, but its nonetheless one of the greatest sequels ever. Bottom line: Rich in Iron
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2015
    This movie contains some of my favorite movie moments of all time. The action is top notch and the story is great. Best Terminator movie to date for sure.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer

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