Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) Review:

After watching the first terminator film, it was no surprise that director James Cameron came back for another shot. But what did surprise me was how well this sequel was made. And it didn't take a few sequels in between to make it this good either. It was directly after the first.

Linda Hamilton's much
more macho character
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the Terminator (T-800) but this time he's on the good side. The whole idea of having the terminator switch roles was an interesting take. Because the terminator is on the good side now, there is so much room for character development and writer James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. made sure this occurred throughout the movie. To actually see a machine learn to be more human is always life changing and Schwarzenegger does it perfectly.

Robert Patrick as the unforgiving
Linda Hamilton's character, Sarah Connor has changed a lot too. We saw a glimpse of what her character had become. Here we see her doing much more: cursing up a storm, stabbing people and firing shotguns. Nothing like the Sarah from The Terminator (1984). Edward Furlong plays John Connor, Sarah's son who are on the run from a new terminator, the T-1000. Robert Patrick plays this terminator and he's got a knack for it too. Patrick's eyes and face make a very menacing looking callous killing machine.

The action sequences are also well staged, from scale models to live-action. All of it is believable and commendable. The special effects are the most amazing though, especially for 1991. This is beginning of CGI. The music by Brad Fiedel is also great too. It still sounds like the first and that's very much appreciated. Cameron has done it again.

T2 is more involving and retains every element from the first film. It's a sequel that is just as good as its predecessor.

Points Earned --> 10:10

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