Daniel Shillito’s review published on Letterboxd:
Come with me if you want to live!
2017 4K Remastered Extended Special Edition
When people talk about the best sequels, Terminator 2 is almost guaranteed to come up at some point. No surprise, given this is one of the best examples of how you handle a sequel.
11 years after the events of the first film, John Connor is living in Los Angeles with his foster parents. His mother, Sarah Connor, had been preparing him throughout his childhood for his future role as the human resistance leader against Skynet, the artificial intelligence that will be given control of the United States' nuclear missiles and initiate a nuclear holocaust on August 29, 1997, known thereafter as "Judgment Day". However, Sarah was arrested and imprisoned at a mental hospital after attempting to bomb a computer factory. The self-aware computer system, SKYNET sends a new, more advanced Terminator back in time to kill John and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. While the "Resistance" manage to send back a protector as before, it's only a matter of time of which will reach him first...
Essentially taking the premise of the first film and completely turning it on its head. Originally released in 1991, It was produced, directed and co-written by creator James Cameron and to this day still contains one of the best combinations of CG and practical effects. In thanks in no small part to Stan Winston, ILM and PDI with results that are essentially seamless and still hold up incredibly well to this day.
The cast is top-notch with Linda Hamilton taking on a much action-oriented role from her previous more damsel in distress attitude from T1, Arnie getting to shine alongside Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong making his film acting debut. Brad Fiedel returns to compose for his second and final time, bringing over his classic Terminator theme with new more industrial elements to the score but still packing all the same punches of the original even utilising a frying pan and hitting it with a hammer in order to create the recurring metallic sound heard throughout. The entire sound design is on point.
Visually beautiful, emotionally charged and utterly rewatchable, Terminator 2 is everything it's cracked up to be and more that it makes me all the sadder that the franchise didn't end here. At least we got Terminator: Resistance, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Salvation tho.
Hasta la vista, baby.