Benjamin Green’s review published on Letterboxd:
The future is not set, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves
Feature Film: 2
Source: Blu Ray
My Blu Ray copy comes with three versions. The third version is an extended special edition that requires a 5 digit code to access it. This is the longest version offering an additional 2 minutes which takes the runtime to 155minutes and absolutely essential for me to squeeze all the science fiction fun available. Fun is how I find it now, full of nostalgia I adore this film as one of the great 90s classics but growing up it terrified me.
In my review for The Terminator I gave argument that it could be considered better than Terminator 2: Judgement Day and I stand by the points that were made. Saying that there are a few differences that ever so slightly tip T2 over as the best in the franchise. For one the score is the best of all the films perfectly carrying an eerie and disturbing theme. This is partly to blame for what haunted me growing up watching this in the 90s combined with an horrific apocalypse scene and Robert Patrick's T1000. With better capabilities James Cameron and co have really designed a clever villian that cuts a frightening figure.
I need a vacation
I will never be disappointed revisiting this but something I choose to forget is the blatant pacing issues. There is plenty of downtime and not all of it adds to the overall narrative. Some of this is to do with the sub plot to make Arnies Terminator more human. For the purpose of creating a connection and emotional investment the choice was made to allow the model 101 learn and discover what it is to be human but I felt this ruined the image of the The Terminator and would have made no sense for Skynet to have even included this option. It allowed for some cheesy dialogue and bad jokes that didnt mesh with the overall dark tone.
There remains a horror element from the first but it's often pushed aside by the dominating 90s action feel. Still it's a grand spectacle, with outstanding action set pieces that maintains an intriguing futuristic plot. Having grown up on the film it will forever be a nostalgic delight.
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