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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

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!

3 thoughts on “Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)”

  1. You nailed it on this one. But how can you like Salvation if you liked this one? In my opinion, Salvation ruined the character of John Connor and much of the story that the first two movies set up. In fact, after making T2, James Cameron claimed that he wouldn’t make anymore Terminator movies because he had essentially told the story completely, anything else would have been superfluous. Just goes to show you how Hollywood only cares about money! Good review though!

  2. Hi Thanks for the comments!

    T2 has been and continues to be in my top 5 favorite movies for me personally. I think that Salvation is a new Terminator for a new generation. For us (me) T2 was the new Terminator for our generation. T1, although it was good didn’t hold a candle to T2. I had heard that James Cameron had said that but you’ve got to remember that ours is a consumer society and if there is a demand the supply will be there. I believe that there is a demand for this franchise to continue. Case in point, The Sarah Connor Chronicles tv series. I wouldn’t rank it close to the movies but there it is. Someone wanted to see it or it wouldn’t have been sold for airtime. You are right! All Hollywood cares about is money. That is their biggest fault and also their biggest asset. It works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t. For me, with Salvation, it worked. I liked it and you can read my review of it here on MFR. Thanks again for the comments.

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