Terminator 2 Review

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Poster

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton Linda Hamilton
Edward Furlong Edward Furlong
Robert Patrick Robert Patrick
Earl Boen Earl Boen

Plot- A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.

Review- So, what do

you do when your low budget chase sequence becomes one of the most regarded films of the decade? You create (at the time) one of the most expensive films of all time of course!

And the most depressing thing? It still looks amazing today. Seriously, watching the extended edition on DVD the other week, I was struck by how good the CGI looked. Hell, I think it looks better than Jurassic World and that’s really depressing.

That’s because SFX back in the day were massively expensive so every shot had to count an they still used models and matt paintings so your eye couldn’t adjust and begin to see what was real and what was CGI. Which is why it still looks good today.

The plots builds on the original chase scene by adding in a sub-plot about taking down Skynet (as Terminator was NEVER meant to be a franchise i’m ignoring the time-travel related plot-holes.) and it goes without saying that the action is incredible.

Do say that Arnie is perfect as the Terminator is understating it. It’s impossible to imagine anyone else playing the role. Linda Hamilton went to extreme lengths in her training for Sarah Connor, she actually learned to pick locks with a paper clip, encouraged the ‘orderlies’ to abuse her and bulked up for the role. Shes really good as well.

Robert Patrick is good as the T-1000, a liquid metal villain who communicates through looks and actions rather than words. He’s the Ferrari to Arnies tank, and whilst he’s not as psychically imposing he’s closer to an infiltration unit.

And then we get to John Connor, played by Edward Furlong. And… I don’t like him. He’s a whiny brat drenched in 90’s slang and I don’t feel that he slows down the plot whenever he’s on screen.

But aside from him? This is a pretty perfect action film.

My rating- See It Now! 

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