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‘The Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ 1991 – Review
10 years after the events described in the first Terminator film, Skynet sends back a new, improved Terminator (model T-1000). Its objective is the termination of Sarah Connor’s son – John Connor, which will lead people in the fight against the machines. John Connor, knowing about the plans of Skynet, also sends a Terminator back – reprogrammed T-800 model. He must protect ten year old John from T-1000 …
Trying to retell the plot of Terminator 2 is an ungrateful and useless thing: almost everybody in the world has seen the movie. This film has gained cult status long ago and entered the world’s cinema history as one of the best examples of Sci-Fi action.
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For those times, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” has become an incredibly ambitious project: for the first time the budget of the movie exceeds one hundred millionth mark. However, after the success of the first “Terminator”, “Aliens” and “The Abyss” Cameron had a lot of credibility with the studios, so he got away with the costs overrun quite easily. And, as time has shown, the producers and investors were not mistaken having faith and confidence in Cameron. The terminator sequel was not only even more ambitious, impressive and vivid in terms of production, but also more emotional, deeper and multidimensional than the original. Along with that, the Judgment Day doesn’t conflict with The Terminator (1984), but develops logically and quite organically the ideas that were put up in the 1984 movie. Therefore, it makes good sense to consider these movies as dilogy, rather than separate projects.
Of course, like any real masterpiece, the Terminator dilogy did not just happen in an empty space: the theme of the machine’s revolt against humanity has been raised before in cinema and literature. The most brilliant example is, of course, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. However, in Kubrick’s film, the idea was resolved in a completely different context and with the opposite genre shades (slow philosophical narration instead of Cameron’s non-stop action). It is therefore more logical to compare dilogy with the Aliens movie franchise (at the time of “Terminator 2″ release there were only 2 parts of the quadrilogy, the first -”Alien” – directed by Ridley Scott, and the second – “Aliens” – by James Cameron). The latter two movies raise a number of different topics, however, the main characters – the Alien and Lieutenant Ripley – have a clear resemblance to the T-1000 and Sarah Connor. Merciless and practically invulnerable creature opposed to the female-warrior, female-savior, who desperately fights for the sake of herself (“Alien” 1979), and then for the sake of all humankind (“Aliens” 1986).