This sci-fi movie was directed James Cameron in 1991 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick. It is the sequel to the highly successful Terminator (1984) and really brought the idea of digital special effects to the forefront of Hollywood movie-makers. This story is set in the not too distant future (from the 1991 stand point) and tells of the struggles of Sarah and John Connor.
After telling the authorities about the cyborg that tried to kill her, Sarah was placed in a mental hospital. Her son, John has been placed in a foster home but someday hopes to reunite with his mother. Skynet, a self aware computer that is waging the war on humans in the future has sent a more advanced Terminator back to kill John. Connor who is the leader of the resistance in the future has sent back a terminator to protect himself from the attack. The resistance’s Terminator is a T-800 model 101 Terminator while the one sent back by Skynet is a model T-1000. The T-1000 can morph into any simple organism that it physically touches. This makes it very versatile and it also can morph it’s hands into blades and spikes. With the help of the model 101, John rescues his mother and the three set out to find a way to destroy the T-1000.
Withstanding the newest sequel that has just been released, Judgement Day was by far the best of the series. As mentioned before, the use of digital effects in this movie gave birth to the current trend we have seen in movies today. This digital morphing effect ended up having about 3.5 minutes of screen time and cost $5.5 million. Though the movie boasted a budget somewhere north of $88 million, it’s first weekend gross was over $52 million. This was a record held for the highest opening weekend gross by an R-rated film until The Matrix Reloaded was released in 2003. It has been listed as #8 on the list of the top 10 movies in the Sci-fi category by the American Film Institute, and to round out the list of some of it’s awards, it won 4 Academy Awards along with 16 other awards and 18 nominations.
Overall, the movie leaves very little to complain about. Director James Cameron really raised the bar for the Sci-fi and action genres. It is dark, it is bad and totally cool. Arnold Schwarzenegger was at his best Terminator in the film. Linda Hamilton really showed a strong female for her role and looked to be in fantastic shape. Edward Furlong played the young John Connor great, giving him depth by showing the pain he had to live with knowing his mother was insane. Then to find out that she really wasn’t and facing the fact that he hadn’t believed her. Robert Patrick as the T-1000 was awesome. It is evident that he took his role preparation very seriously as his moves looked very calculated and precise.
For any sci-fi fan, T2 has to rank up there as one of the best films. It certainly is for this reviewer. From the opening bar scene to the steel mill closing scene this movie has it all and then some. They say that sequels are never better but this one proves them all wrong. As a matter of fact, it is the only movie in 78 years to win an Oscar when the original wasn’t even nominated. That my friends equals a grand slam home run. I give this movie a 4.5 stars. It’s terrific. I’m sure if you are reading a review on this site, you probably own a copy of this wonderful film in your own collection. Pull it out and watch it again!