MOVIE REVIEW: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (Jingle All the Way, Predator), Linda Hamilton (Dante’s Peak, Beauty and the Beast [TV series]), Edward Furlong (American History X, Pecker), Robert Patrick (Walk the Line, The X-Files [TV series]), Earl Boen (Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Bonkers [TV series]), and Joe Morton (Speed, American Gangster). It is directed by James Cameron (Aliens, Avatar), who also wrote it with William Wisher Jr. (Judge Dredd, The 13th Warrior). Taking place over ten years since the first film, a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) is sent back through time to protect a young John Connor (Furlong) from a new cyborg model called the T-1000 (Patrick), who arrives to destroy Connor so he won’t lead the rebellion against the machines in the future.
It took me long enough, but I’ve finally seen “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”; the film that is considered one of the greatest sequels of all time, if not the best. There were high expectations to be met with this movie as pretty much everyone who has seen it praises it. So, after sitting down one late night to watch it, I have come to the conclusion that the people and critics alike were right; this film is awesome. With top notch action that could excite any viewer and a terrific sci-fi story that sets it apart from others, there’s not much to complain about when watching this feature. James Cameron is the man when it comes to science fiction, having crafted an incredible sequel to “Alien” and a mind-blowing experience in “Avatar” recently, and this release adds to that genius pot of wonder. He really knows how to pen down a fantastic tale of adventure and thrills, and there’s plenty of that in this. I was concerned how they could follow up to the original, which I found just as cool, because there were many approaches to it, leaving open room for error. It could’ve taken place in the distant future or copy what the first film established. Even though this movie had both of those aspects, taking place later in the 90’s and having a Terminator come to kill a human in the past, it was still a fresh idea, including more details to the apocalyptic future as well as an overall mission besides running away. I found it ironic to have the same Terminator design that sought to kill Sarah Connor (Hamilton) end up being programmed to save John Conner in this plot, and boy was Arnold fun to watch! The stunt work and action sequences in this were amazing, even for a film that was made twenty-five years ago. Cameron is known to be ahead of his time in terms of special effects, and it is resonate in this, as the visuals have improved immensely since the first feature. The robots actually look alive instead of stop-motion, and the make-up work on Arnold was incredible. Even the visual effect of the T-1000’s ability of molding into different shapes has held up, and it was cool to see him shot or get ripped apart and still come back together. He was menacing and just about impossible to beat, making the final fight between him and the Terminator incredibly suspenseful. I loved watching this flick and I’m sure anyone who enjoys huge stunt pieces, gunfights, and road rage would as well. Aside from the action, the performances were pretty good. Arnold is as robotic as ever, which was great, and Robert Patrick portrayed a worthy villain. Linda Hamilton returned to her role as Sarah Conner, and I thought she did well, leaving newcomer Edward Furlong to judge. As a kid actor, he did okay. At times he got annoying, but I could only assume that it goes to his character, who is as rebellious and jerky as any other kid. All of the cast was entertaining in their own right and gave the story life. I loved the dynamic between the Terminator and John. They both worked well together and provided good comedy along the way (having the robot learn the lingo of the early 90’s was very funny). As a whole, this film performed on a monumental level. It was so fun to watch and had many memorable moments. It also developed its characters and gave true meaning to what is going to happen to society and how humans were meant to destroy themselves. I loved how this story was tackled, and if there were anything that I could say that was wrong about it, it would all be in nitpicks. Sure, some scenes can be goofy or make you face palm, but I have to admit that they contributed to the fun factor in some way. After concluding on such a high note of this franchise, I couldn’t possibly think to continue, being as how the other films are trashed on. The ending to this, although not blatantly saying that all the troubles are over, was satisfying, and I couldn’t dream of continuing. However, out of curiosity, I will. If you haven’t seen this movie, I implore you to, because it sets a bar for action/sci-fi films everywhere. FINAL SCORE: 96%= Juicy Popcorn
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