Terminator 2: Judgment Day – He Is Back!
Same Make. Same Model. New Mission.
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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).
For its days “Terminator 2″ was the most spectacular film (4 “technical” Oscars – excessive proof). Despite the fact that VFX technologies have developed amazingly over the past 18 years, visual effects in “T2″ are still amazing. The famous scene of the nuclear explosion can still give you some shivers!
Equally important is the ‘human’ component: hardly anyone would argue with the fact that the heroes of the film are no less interesting than the visual effects. In part, this is an accomplishment of writers: compared to the first movie already familiar characters (T-101 and Sarah Connor), have become more diverse and interesting in psychological terms. The actors did not let down our expectations: Schwarzenegger enriched T-800 with some comic elements, and Linda Hamilton had to play only the female action hero, but also a part of the mother. Regarding T2 newcomers (John Connor performed by the young Edward Furlong and T-1000 by Robert Patrick), we can see a hundred percent fit into the roles, although talking about ‘psychologism’ of the Patrick’s performance is, perhaps, an overstatement .
The most important thing about “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is the director – James Cameron – who is a guru of building the perfect pace of the movie. As a result, there are no overextended (or, vice versa, crumpled) scenes in the movie. The director always knows precisely when to make a recession and give the spectators a chance to grasp some air in between the action scenes, and when to pump the iron of the non-stop action and thrill. In addition, James Cameron is able to defuse the apocalyptic atmosphere with lyrical notes or another ironic phrase from Schwarzenegger’s mouth such as the immortal ‘Asta la Vista, Baby’.
Terminator 2 (1991) Theatrical Trailer
T2 – unrivaled action movie standard.