Terminator 2: Judgment Day

James Cameron's 1991 sci-fi film and the second film in the "Terminator" series.

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Worthy Sequel.

  • Apr 18, 2003
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Most sequels are imperfect remakes of the originals that they were based upon. However, (and not including trilogies), once in awhile a sequel is made that is worthy of its predecessor. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY is such a movie.

The original movie is a great piece of science fiction action cinema. T2 follows the story about a decade where the original ended. The original Terminator, the T-800, that Skynet had first sent back into time had failed to eliminate Sarah Connor before her son was born. However, a backup plan had already been thought of and the massive computer sent another Terminator, the T-1000 (an experimental model) further ahead into time to terminate John Connor before he reached maturity. However, the human resistance had their game on and sent another protector back in time, too. This time a Terminator would be a guardian.

Over a decade since it's original theatrical release, it is amazing how fresh and current T2 looks and feels. The action is intense, the special effects are state of the art, and the acting quite believable. The movie is full of allegorical allusions and subtle visuals that speak volumes. For example, as my brother pointed out, it's kind of frightening that T2 warns about machines taking over the world, yet we live in a society where many are totally dependent upon machines to do their bidding for them. Have machines already taken over and we just don't realize it? Not many sci-fi action pictures can make a person think that deeply.

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A decade after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) destroyed the original Terminator, a second unstoppable killing machine (Arnold Schwarzenegger) arrives from the post-apocalyptic year 2029. But this time his mission is to stop an even deadlier Terminator, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), made entirely of shape-shifting liquid metal and determined to kill young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the future leader of the human resistance. Sarah, John, and the Terminator counter by going after the scientist responsible for developing Skynet, the computer system fated to destroy humanity, leading to an explosive and spectacular clash with the fate of humanity in the balance. Whereas James Cameron's original THE TERMINATOR was a low-budget marvel of efficiency and speed, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY is an action-packed blockbuster with some of the most amazing stunts ever filmed and ground-breaking, Academy Award-winning special effects. Star Schwarzenegger was paid in the form of a $15 million dollar jet to revisit his mos...
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