Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day
This time Mr. Heavy Metal is on the side of the good guys. Naturally, he isn't quite as much fun.
Even though this movie was made nearly 30 years ago, almost nothing about it feels dated.
"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.
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.
A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.
Audience Reviews for Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Even if it may feel a bit overlong, this fantastic sequel is perhaps even more thrilling than the first film, this time investing more in the action and first-rate special effects with a bigger budget to create something epic - and it is always awesome to see Schwarzenegger as the big hero.
One of the most intelligent, imaginative and riveting sci-fi, action flicks to hit the screens ever, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is a classic without equal. 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.
"T2: Judgement Day" is the sequel that nobody in their right minds should have expected to be this entertaining. James Cameron takes every great element from his original film, showcases them with an enormous budget and tells an even more compelling story. Keeping you engaged by monotone robots and rogue humans may be quite the challenge on paper, but it is displayed seamlessly here. Again, the cast is fantastic, Edward Furlong (young John Connor) who really holds his own next to Schwarzenegger, and that is no easy feat. I loved this film from start to finish. From it's scary look at the collapsed future to it's gritty portrayal of a world going to hell, "T2: Judgement Day" may just be one of the best sequels ever made in general. This is everything a sequel needs to be.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Quotes
|John Connor:||So this other guy, he's a Terminator like you, right?|
|The Terminator:||Not like me, T-1000, advanced prototype. Made of mimetic polyalloy|
|John Connor:||What the hell does that mean?|
|The Terminator:||Liquid metal.|
|The Terminator:||I'll take care of the police.|
|John Connor:||Hey! You swore!|
|The Terminator:||[The Terminator smirks] Trust me.|
|The Terminator:||Trust me.|