Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day ★★★★½

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a bigger, badder and bolder sequel to the 1984 original. Arnie returns as a killing machine, only this time on a mission to protect the Connors from another Terminator sent to kill them; the fiercely advanced T-1000.

With a plot which seemingly follows in the footsteps of its original but carries a ton of baggage to be able to stand out, it takes half hour of character development to get to the first action sequence where the two terminators collide for the first time.


It is evident, the film has a gargantuan benchmark to live up to and to counter the 'relentless' action approach of the previous, Cameron decides to add moral weight to this story.
Humanising the robot for comic or emotional moments seems like a smart, and honestly, the only move.

Arnie delivers again as the wooden (or metallic, if you prefer) T-800 and has some memorable moments, apart from, of course throwing some kickass one-liners.


The story is more rounded and polished, with sequences falling into place with military precision, and that is the only thing which seems amiss about this phenomenal sequel.
It has lost the raw, pure-action-bridging-on-horror appeal of the original to become a vfx powered, sci-fi roller coaster running on a well-rehearsed track.
Not that there's anything wrong with it, but it just seems too perfect and so, perfectly out of place with the original. But that doesn't hinder the fun one bit.

T2 is every bit an improvement, albeit a conscious one, but still.


I can say I was honestly surprised to see Linda Hamilton in this. Her character evolves exponentially and it is delightful to see the bad side of her. She is one of the two fundamental changes in the film's fabric from the original, which turn out to be better.
The second of course, is easily guessable: that slimy, shiny pool of metal which shapeshifts with as much ease as it kills.

Robert Patrick plays the sharp T-1000, who is hellbent on terminating the young John Connor, but it would be blasphemous to singularly credit him for the role.
For it is the Industrial Light & Magic team which created the iconic CGI 'liquid metal' effects which etched this sleek villain forever in human memory.

The effects were obviously revolutionary and the regeneration scenes can rival any vfx work to this day.


Overall, a monumental film which forever stretched the boundary and set the bar for every following action film.
The writing, acting, music, action and direction gel together like the drops of a molten T-1000 to create a juggernaut of the action genre.

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