Milez Das’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
With all high mighty expectations in my mind when I sat in theater with my 3D glasses on, my jaw dropped on the floor when the movie terminated. A strong sequel to an exceptional the Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day goes beyond all the expectations I had in my mind.
10 years after the events of the Terminator, Judgment Day opens with John Connor living with his foster parents while his mother Sarah is being admitted and imprisoned at a mental hospital after attempting to bomb a computer factory. Skynet sends a new Terminator to kill John, an advanced prototype made out of liquid metal that gives it the ability to take on the shape and appearance of almost anything it touches, and to transform his arms into blades and other shapes at will. From future John Connor has sent back a reprogrammed Terminator to protect himself.
Directed by James Cameron, Judgment Day marks itself in rich storytelling through high octane action and some mind blowing sequences. Today when we watch a Marvel, DC or any Science Fiction movie, we are not shocked by the special effects they contain. Last time I was so star struck by a movie was when I watched Mad Max Fury Road.
Cameron's eye for details in the machine and the effects he uses throughout the movie are just spectacular to watch and experience. The scene where T-1000 transforms into John's foster mother and kills his foster father, the whole sequence just made me have goosebumps all over my body. Every frame T-1000 is in, Cameron makes you go into whole other dimension. Even the scene of T-1000 where he gets up from the floor matching the tiles slowly transforming into his human body or the sequences of him walking and changing into the floors shape and body, even the scene where T-1000 places his hand on the bar and his hand has taken the color of it really proves how much efforts were put to create something like this.
Judgment Day even gets more transformed into its dramatic sequences. Cameron creates a real bond between Schwarzenegger's Terminator and John. John teaching him why he shouldn't kill at will, telling him to drop his programmed dialect and use some regular slangs or the scene where he shows Arnie how to smile.
Sarah's character has been transformed totally with her character having a mission to protect her son while she dreams of a horrific burnt sequence which Cameron uses multiple times.
The action sequences are total blast, Cameron really knows how to capture attention from his audience. Schwarzenegger loading and shooting the gun with a chase being initiated or the second chase with a helicopter being used. There is this adrenaline rush on the screen transforming into something great.
This is what is missing from action movies nowadays with few exceptions. There is a soul to this story that makes this movie and its characters being something more.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator / T-800 (Model 101) brings his style and excellent grip to his character. This time he just not an killing machine but we see something more to him and the final scene really breaks you. Arnold really makes his one liners iconic.
Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is as badass as a character can get. She owns every frame she is in. Her character is strong, we see her fighting her way through the hospital, making crucial decisions. The scene where she stands with a gun in her hand aiming on Dyson, is one of the significant scenes in the movie.
Sarah Connor: Yeah, right. How are you supposed to know? Fucking men like you built the hydrogen bomb. Men like you thought it up. You thikn you're so creative. You don't know what it's like to really create something; to create a life; to feel it growing inside you. All you know how to create is death and destruction...
Edward Furlong as John Connor plays his role exceptionally well with few hiccups here and there but overall a strong performance.
Robert Patrick as the T-1000, really provides this chill whenever he is in the frame. He is advanced, can transform into anything and has only one aim in mind. Even with limited to no dialogues, he gives one great performance as the the baddie Terminator.
I know I might have been 10, 15 years late to join the party, but I am glad I witnesses this incredible movie on the bog screen!!!! Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of the best sequels ever made with extraordinary effects and incredible story to tell. It has high octane action sequences and some jaw dropping sequences put together. With strong performances all around, James Cameron has made one of the best movie ever to shone on the big screen.