Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Me: "Wouldn't it be funny if, as he died, he lowered into the pit, thumbs up, and said 'Hasta la vista, baby.'? It won't happen, but it would be funny."
The movie: [Terminator 2 thumbs up meme]
Dad and I: "LOL!"

I was halfway there!

"Terminator 2: Judgement Day" is a fun sci-fi action-adventure. From the tense, sweat-trickling intro of a desperate future to the last moments of a father, scientist and ally, "T2" keeps the ball rolling throughout to the finale.

After seeing Cameron's action-packed sequel to Ridley's "Alien," I was ready. After that film, I was excited to see him elevate the first "Terminator" to more exciting heights. Well, all his hallmarks are here! Well, there's the heroine who starts as an average person and returns as a badass action hero. Then the titular monsters return with more than one (this time two!). And, like the first "Terminator," it ends in a factory with the T-1000 destroyed. It's predictable, yes, but predictability has got nothing on entertaining execution. The build-up, in the beginning, was enthralling. Introducing Sarah's escape from the mental institute and the Terminator and the T-1000 first arriving in 1994 was marvellous. They kick ass, outsmart the normies, and punish anyone with half a heart (seriously, anyone who shows concern for our characters' wellbeing either gets their bones crushed or dies!).

Although I liked the start, I began losing interest in the action-packed final minutes. They drove away from the Cyberdyne building to the factory and destroy the T-1000, but it felt tensionless. Sadly, I didn't care if John, Sarah or the Terminator died, even if the latter kept bringing the laughs. I'm thankful the kid character was one of the more likeable ones. But the entire narrative is just so chockful of action. There was so much that when it took a breather, the characters hardly developed.

Anyway, that's enough complaining about a beloved classic. "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" is way better than I expected. Once it starts, it hardly stops and has plenty of iconic moments that'll manifest in your mind whenever you think of this movie. To those of you who enjoyed it more than me: I hope you keep enjoying it, but I'm going to move on.

7/10

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