Nolio’s review published on Letterboxd:
Father's Day Double Feature
Well.. this was incredible, lol. This is one of those movies that can almost be seen and appreciated by anyone. Everyone will find at least one aspect of this movie to be absolutely phenomenal, because there really isn't much wrong with it to begin with. It plays on the same beats as its predecessor, only it sharpens the quality, gives it a more human approach and treats it more like an important movie, and it works so well. This is a movie that has stood the rigorous test of time and conveys relevant commentary in a way that is so relatable in today's advancing world. Arnold's character, the Terminator, has the most depth of anyone in this movie because he has so much potential as the cyborg that he is - when he starts viewing the world with human eyes, it's just incredible. You wouldn't be able to see this in real life - this is something that only certain movies can accomplish, and it's part of the reason I enjoy watching them so much. This has got to be one of Arnold's finest performances, if not his best. I'm genuinely a bit surprised at the complexity he brings to this character, even though he's literally a robot (sorry, "cyborg") whose mission is to kill people.
I loved Robert Patrick as the overpowered T-1000 as well. Hamilton and Furlong of course did an excellent job and had believable chemistry as mother and son. It's difficult for me to find emotion in action movies as I'm usually focused on the effects and the big explosions - but that's cookie-cutter action compared to this movie. In fact, I wouldn't even call it an action movie. It's more like a suspense/drama movie with action just being the icing on the cake. Theres so much more to this movie that meets the eye, and as a viewer, you can either focus on the surface level aspects of the movie or the deeper meaning and still be highly satisfied with the outcome.
In the end I did really enjoy this movie, in case you couldn't already tell. In time, it could certainly be bumped to 5 stars - I just didn't feel it quite reached that level, but it got extremely close for me, I'm being honest. If you haven't seen this movie by now, do yourself a huge favor and give it your undivided attention.