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7 years after the original Terminator movie this sequel hit the big screens, promising to be as good as, or better than, the first one. And how right they were.
The twist in this one is that the roles get a little mixed up with people you expect to chased doing the chasing and those chasing being chased. But it soon becomes clear who's on whose side.
The plot is the same, almost, with Skynet sending a cyborg from 2029 back to 1994, where they must find who they are looking for and destroy them.
Sarah Conner, (Linda Hamilton) has had a son, John, (Edward Furlong) who is being looked after by foster parents as Sarah is incapable of doing do due to her tales of what happened to her.
So the target is different in this follow up.
Then, when the 2029 characters are sent back in time we see who's who, with a nice twist. The brute of a terminator, ( Arnold Schwarzenegger), shows his face, with the other time traveller, Robert Patrick in hot pursuit.
Then there's the other key man in the fight against Skynet, Miles Bennett Dyson, (Joe Morton), who may have the power to stop all this happening.
Usually sequels are not as good but this one break that tradition with as much action as the first.
The main characters are the same, although roles are not what they seem. Then, with the new characters played by Patrick and Furlong really add to the thrills of this movie.
The only negative I have to say is that Furlong does scream and shout a bit too much to the point that his voice seems to struggle with some parts.
The action is as good as, if not better than the first, with the little twist from the first making this one a must for those that liked the first.
It has come great chase scenes, especially one which contains a truck and a motorbike.
This is a great movie and should be watched at least once by everyone.
Some people will argue that Terminator 2 is better than the original. Some, like me, will say that though the action is better, the first film always had more tension to it, and was faster paced. But nonetheless, this is another spectacular action fest from maestro visual director James Cameron. And this time, there's even better characterization, something that Cameron often misses in some of his films.
Set eleven years after the original, Terminator 2 focuses on Sarah Conner and John Conner as they elude a new Terminator model (Robert Patrick) with the help or an older model that looks like the original Terminator (Arnie in his signature role again).
Teenage John Conner (Edward Furlong) is living in an LA suburb with his foster parents. His mother, Sarah (Linda Hamilton) has since been committed to a mental hospital. John is a rebellious young teenager, and lives by his own rules. He is streetwise as well, and knows how to handle himself.
Meanwhile, there are two noticeable electrical disturbances around LA. In one, near an industrial estate, a thin and wiry Terminator appears (Robert Patrick) and kills a police offer, before seemingly taking his uniform and car. In the other disturbance, we welcome back the original Terminator, acted by Arnie, who must take his clothes from some unpleasant Bikers.
Soon, both Terminators are on the trail of John Conner. One has to kill him, the other protect him. Both Terminators finally trace John to a mall, where they are involved in a huge fight and shootout. John is able to get away, but not for long as he is chased by both Terminators.
After John is rescued, he rescues his mother, and once again they are thrown into another game of cat and mouse as they are relentlessly chased, leading to another thrilling climax as they must destroy the Terminator and all the research they can find on it.
There is no doubt that the action on this film is much better than the first. At no point does this film slow down, and there is always something happening in the way of action. There are some truly brilliant scenes in this, from the mall scene to the huge shootout at the research facility and the final climax. And the special effects in this are at times mind boggling and in their day were breakthrough. The only thing with this film is that it does lack the tension that the first film had. The first Terminator was a raw, relentless and totally wild ride. This is more measured at times, more purposeful and lacks some of the tension.
However, it's still a fabulous film with great action and a good cast. Arnie is back in his signature role as the T-800 Terminator, and there is great support from Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong. But the star of this is Robert Patrick as the T-1000, who has a rather innovative design.
Terminator 2 is a masterpiece and a great collectors item.
The story line is pretty captivating and watching the first few moments of the film made me hooked to the screen.
The story line is very unique and is much better than the first film. The film come out 7 years after the first and what an improvement in was. The explosions were much better and the special effects were amazing compared to the first.
This movie is still great to watch over again and i can never get tired of it. One of the most amazing actions was the truck jumping of the bridge while chasing John Conner on his dirt bike, shortly after that to be saved by the man him self the Terminator.
The DVD features are pretty well setup and it is jam packed with content.
The price is very cheap to buy i bought it at amazon and it is a great collectors item.
'The Shield' was the first TV series that I wanted to review following my introduction to Dooyoo. However, Terminator 2: Judgement Day was definitely one of the first movies I wanted to review - it was one of my earliest movie memories and it set the benchmark with regard to my future expectations of action films.
As with probably a few people my age, I actually saw Terminator 2: Judgement day before I saw the Terminator! (This was down to the fact that I wasn't born when the Terminator was released and I watched T2 on TV without knowledge of the fact that there had been a prequel) I definitely would suggest watching the original Terminator film before checking out T2 - while this may seem like a very obvious suggestion, you COULD watch T2 as an individual movie BUT I think you would enjoy and understand this movie better by having the back story to the original 1984 film.
In the first Terminator, we learn from a human soldier sent back from the future that 'Skynet' (an AI computer system) becomes self-aware and causes 'Judgement Day' at some point in the future - a nuclear holocaust initiated by Skynet machines. This was then followed by a war between these machines and the remaining surviving humans. The leader of the human resistance in the future is John Connor (Edward Furlong). This movie is set in 1995 (11 years after the original) and involves a T1000 terminator (Robert Patrick) that is sent back in time by Skynet to kill an 11-year old John Connor before he can become the resistance leader. However, the resistance are able to send back a re-programmed T800 Terminator themselves (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to protect John and thus stop the machines from winning the war.
I remember thinking about the concept of sending terminators back in time and found it absolutely mind-boggling to say the least! There are so many variables regarding time travel and I think if you get bogged down in that stuff you can lose sight of the beauty of the film - two Terminators are sent back in time, one will succeed in carrying out their mission, but which one? The action is one of the best things about this film.
Robert Patrick is fantastic in the role of the evil T1000 and he made his career on the back of this performance. Linda Hamilton steps up her performance from the first film as a steely Sarah Connor. The other great thing about this movie is the fact that I recently watched it again before Xmas and whilst I thought that the CGI and special effects were obviously dated.....I think that they have the stood up well to the test of time.
This film is an absolute classic and it was unfortunate, in my opinion, that it was followed by a dross sequel (Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines) and a passable 4th installment (Terminator Salvation). The reason, in my opinion, these sequels failed was by getting too complex with the plot. Unnecessary.
Anyway, whether you are viewing this movie as a standalone action movie or as part of the series, you will enjoy yourself. Great dialogue, solid script and awesome action means this film has stood the test of time.
Check out this movie if you want to live :-)
I grew up with this movie. I collected the trading cards when I was a kid, got the t-shirt, the toys and even a collectible framed cinema poster that they didn't want anymore, for nothing.
However, and I may be in the minority here, but as I grew up I realised just how overrated the movie is, in my opinion.
I mean, James Cameron's The Terminator was a dark, gritty sci-fi horror movie and he spun that film on it's bottom with this one and made it more child friendly.
I guess it made good business sense but gone was the dark tone of the first movie, replaced with a more superficial toned action movie.
I'm not saying the movie is totally superficial but it is much lighter in mood.
The SFX are brilliant and still hold up well today but the movie is a little boring in the middle, Cameron loves building up his movies but there seemed to be too much dialogue and drama, at least for me.
The acting is great as is the direction and the memorable theme is as good as ever.
I just now wish that the film was just as dark as the original film and had that horror element about it. After all, this being a sequel, it's approaching the holocaust even quicker at this point, yet the mood is lighter. Doesn't make much sense.
The film is mostly about big action set pieces which are impressive.
It deserves it's modern cinema classic status but I just wish things had turned out a little different with the film now.
As I said earlier, I may be in the minority, but I do prefer the first film because of it's suitable darker mood.
For me I preferred this second film in the Terminator series that the first one which was released in 1984. Arnold Schwarzenegger was given probably the best role of his career in the first movie so it's no wonder he decided to resurrect that role with a bit of a difference this time around in James Cameron's sequel.
The big difference in this sequel is that in the original Terminator film Arnold Schwarzenegger was a killer robot sent back from the future. This time however he is the good guy. He plays a T-800 cyborg sent by rebel leader of the future John Connor to protect his younger self in the past played by Edward Furlong and his mother Sarah played by Linda Hamilton. By ensuring their safety they will then survive and be able to lead the fight against the machines that rages in the future. Confused?!
He has his work cut out though as he has to protect them from the far nastier T-1000 played by Robert Patrick that has also been sent back from the future to hunt them down and destroy. He is made of liquid metal and can morph into any shape which is useful, therefore taking on the form of another human or putting on their voice. He will be extremely difficult to kill or shake off as he can reform from a puddle. He will stop at nothing to carry out the termination.
I really enjoyed this movie. Arnie is a big character on screen and does well as protector in this film as opposed to the enemy in the first one. Linda Hamilton is very much more beefed up in this 2nd film that the first one seven years earlier.
Everything for me in this sequel was bigger and better than the first movie. There are multiple explosions and some great special effects, plus fast-paced action and spectacular chase scenes, which are made even better by the new quicker enemy that haunts them and stalks them wherever they go.
I especially loved the way the new robot can reform when you think he's dead and can morph into other things. This made for some fantastic special effects. Overall if you saw the first one then the sequel is a must.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is a 1991 science fiction action film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong.
Present day, John Connor (Furlong), the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, is merely a 12 year old boy, in a foster home since his mother Sarah (Hamilton) has been committed to a mental institution. Having failed in their previous mission to kill Sarah before John is born they instead send a terminator to kill John himself. The latest model of terminator T1000 (Robert Patrik) is made of liquid metal and able to immitate anyone it touches. In response to this threat the resistance send back a reprogrammed terminator to act as protector (Schwarzenegger). After rescuing Sarah from the institute they set out to avoid the T1000 but Sarah has plans to assassinate Miles Dyson, the man responsible for helping create skynet using the terminator materials found from events in the first film. Will Sarah be able to avert judgement day and will John's protector keep him safe?
With a vastly increased budget following success with both the predecessor and 1986's Aliens, Cameron sets out to make everything bigger and better than 1984s Terminator. He certainly makes a bigger film, both in terms of length and spectable, but he doesn't always succeed at making a better one. There are some brilliant set pieces, such as the vision of judgement day that Sarah dreams of and a showdown at the offices of Cyberdyne between Arnie's terminator and the police. What you could say though is that a number of sequences in this film are just rehashes of the earlier one using shiny new special effects - the escape from the mental institute is a new reading on the showdown at tech noir, the cyberdyne showdown is an updated version of the police station siege, the truck chase is a rehash of the, er, truck chase. Whilst it's still an exciting film, it's not a particularly original one.
What is also apparent is that Arnie makes a much better evil Terminator. At this point, he was at the height of his fame and so it would have been a big risk taking a villainous role but as a result some of his scenes, especially at the end, can be schmaltzy (the comedy Spaced even makes reference to the thumbs up at the end). Where Cameron and the staff at ILM did triumph was in the creation of a new enemy - Robert Patrick's T1000. Using techniques first seen in The Abyss, the T1000 is a great realisation of a liquid metal villain, able to mimic anything it touches. Cameron chose Patrick and likened the T1000 to a porsche next to Schwarzenegger's panza tank. During an early confrontation we see that the new model is an improvement and therefore a credible threat to John and his protectors. It does mean that Patrick has little to do other than run around and look stern but he does that well! Edward Furlong as John Connor is frankly terrible though - I'm not sure that Cameron was attempting to make the saviour of the human race a whiny, obnoxious little brat but that's what Furlong brings to proceedings. On top of that, in the dramatic scenes he has all the conviction of a chair. His age isn't really an excuse either, since there have been a number of great child actors. Someone who is given chance to shine for their acting though is Linda Hamilton, who provides the necessary depth to her character to believe that everything she knows has unhinged her slightly but that ultimately she is striving to protect her child. Her physical transformation is also impressive, changing from the fluffy stewardess she was in the first one into a muscly, dead-eyed survivalist. A great performance.
So this is a good action film with impressive set pieces and a great villain, but it's fairly soul less and lacks the originality so evident in the first film.
Its hard to believe there can be many people out there who are unfamiliar with the plot of Terminator 2, but here goes. After the self-aware computer defense network Skynet failed in the first film to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of the at-the time unborn John Connor who would go on to become the leader of the human resistance fighting against Skynet in the postapocalyptic future by sending in a T800 cyborg back though time to kill her, Skynet then sends another of its creations- the T1000- to kill John Connor whilst he is still a young teenager. The T1000 is a formidable creation of liquid metal that can manipulate its shape at will, taking on the form of any human in touches and forming its limbs into savage bladed weapons and the like, and is programmed to exterminate John Connor at all costs. Meanwhile the John Connor of the post-apocalyptic future sends a reprogrammed T800 (Arnold Schwarzennegger reprising his original role) back to the same time to protect his child former self at all costs. It doesnt make all that much sense, but then time paradoxes generally dont.
The film is stunning to look at with the great photography and direction that one would expect of James Cameron, and once again Arnie is utterly convincing as a monosyllabic cyborg killing machine with a skeleton made of metal. Ropert Patrick is also brilliantly cast as the T1000, adopting the persona of a policeman that the creature kills at the start of the film for most of its duration, and the CGI effects in which we see the t1000 as a humanoid liquid metal being are also excellent, perhaps because Cameron does not rely on the CGI too heavily and also because the computer graphics are advanced enough to look artistically compelling but not advanced enough to look pseudo-real in the mundane way that much of the techincally visually more advanced CGI models of today do (see the execrable T4 for example).
It all works brilliantly, with some strong perfomances by Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Edward Furlong as John Connor to boot, and the plot rattles along at a scorching pace, with plenty of car/motorbike/helicopter/truck chases, big gunfights and general mayhem at every turn. There's also a superb cutaway dream sequence in which Sarah Connor imagines herself as the epicentre of the nuclear holocaust that Skynet would go on to instigate in the original future, containing a brilliant scene in which her flesh and hair shrivel up and burn as she clings to a mesh fence, still screaming, before her flesh suddenly explodes, leaving ony a skeleton grimly hanging on. The dramatic, heavily metallic score is fantastic as well.
Its a superb action film with a great mix of humour, drama, tension and amazing action set-pieces, and stands both as Arnie's greatest film as well as one of the best action films of all time.
The basic Terminator premise revolves around a war in the future, in which a human resistance fights against an army of machines, built by humans, which have risen up to destroy their creators. The machines are led by Skynet, an artificial intelligence created to defend America by running its military. John Connor leads the human resistance, against the cyborgs that Skynet has created to infiltrate and destroy the resistance.
Terminator 2 picks up around about 15 years after the first film ended. Having survived the first film, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) gave birth to a healthy son, who is now a teenage boy. Sarah spent many of the years following the first Terminator attack in hiding, training herself with weapons and fighting techniques. As well as this, she was carrying out what officials saw as terrorist attacks, whereas what she was attempting to do was destroy Skynet, the computer behind the war of the machines, before it is built. One of these attacks leads to her arrest, and when she explains why she is doing what she is doing, she is judged to be insane, and locked up in an institution.
Her son John (Edward Furlong), is currently living with foster parents, and has become a bit of a wild child, with no respect for authority. He also appears to be somewhat of a technical expert, able to hack ATMs with his laptop for example.
Having failed in their attempt to kill Sarah before she could give birth to John, Skynet sent a back up terminator (Robert Patrick) to kill john as a teenager. This terminator is far more advanced than the one they sent back previously, as it is made of 'molten' metal, almost like mercury, which can morph into any shape, and become anyone.
Realising what Skynet has done, the future John reprogramme's a captured terminator (Arnold Schwatzenegger), the same model sent to kill John in the previous film, to go back and protect John from this second attack...
What follows is non-stop action and edge of your seat thrills, in a movie which made its name by being one of the few sequels that far surpasses the film that came before it. The special effects were groundbreaking at the time, and the budget at the time was also huge. Every penny of it can be seen on the screen. Even Arnie in this movie gets himself some more lines, and he also manages to bring some humour to his role as an almost surrogate father role to John, even though he is an emotionless machine.
As a sci-fi, action spectacle, Terminator 2 is second to none - it is a movie that you will be happy to watch over and over again!
Terminator 2 was released in 1991, seven years after the original to loads of hype & great reviews. To be fair. It probably desrverd them all.
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is in a Mental istitution after trying to set fire to Cyberdine systems (the company responsible for Skynet). She is being held because she firmly believes that the future of mankind hangs in the balance. She's right. John Connor (Edward Furlong) her son, is in foster care. He is a tearaway who steals from cash machines & doesn't listen to his parents. He also doesn't believe his mother's story. This is about to change though as once more, two warriors are being sent from the future. One sent to kill, the other sent to protect.
I love this & the original. Personally, I prefer the first although my wife prefers this. I has a good plot which keeps the pace of the film fluid. No section seems to drag. The action scenes are packed to bursting. There's loads of them too! The acting is more than passable & the special effects were very good for the time & still hold up to today's standards nearly 20 years later.
I also enjoyed the special features. There are documentarys, commentarys & featurettes. The one that really stood out for me was the deleted & alternate scenes. There is an alternate ending named "future coda". I won't spoil it for you, but I think that i might prefer this ending to the original.
Over all a great film. One of the best from the 1990's. Entertaining. Action packed & with inteligent undertones which asks the question isn't something's purpose what makes is bad or good?
Question: how DO you circumnavigate those tricky temporal paradoxes without going round in theoretical circles, and disappearing where the sun don't shine? Simple. Get Arnie S. to play the menacing star, and don't dwell on the philosophical complexities too much.
Having just written that, if they'd wanted heavy intellectual stuff, they'd have given the part to Kenneth Branagh, or summat. Or, not ... Anyway, we reprise the original terminator despatched valiantly by Sarah Connor in T1. In T2, we see the return of Arnie as menacing cyborg cum nice cyborg, reverse engineered by the future resistance boffins, and out to stop the evil (can a machine truly be 'evil?) improved and upgraded G2 thingy played by the ever dependable Robert Patrick, whose mission is to bring about the demise of SC's son John, thereby ensuring that the resistance forces in 2029 don't have JC as their leader (told you - them paradoxes will slay ya) thus ensuring the presumed supremacy of the machines unto eternity, or unless a new form of indestructible rust evolves.
The film's ongoing plot which is, admittedly, quite good, centres around Arnie and John getting SC out of the loony bin in which she is detained at the President's pleasure (easy peasy ... ), and eradicating an advanced microship surreptitiously retrieved from the crushed T1. Oh, dear, here we go again ... held by the Frankensteinian corporation Cyberdyne, thus making sure that they don' build the evil SkySport (sorry, SkyNet). There's lots of thrills, spills, spectacular action scenes and special FX to satisfy the most gung-ho moviegoer, and other stuff along the way with T1 and T2 trying to out-cyber one another, whilst trying to destroy the chip and JC respectively.
Without giving too much away for those strange few people who haven't seen this film yet, there's a lot of blood spilt (by the baddie T2 and clumsy law enforcement types) and it all ends in tears for the jobsworth actors and, naturally, T2. So; there we have it; good versus evil, good wins out over evil. Just like all good fairy tales. Well, until the next time, anyway ...
What's the formula for success? James Cameron certainly knows what it is. And this is it:
Take a (relatively) cheap movie that you made yourself. Add a splash of previously-employed cast and crew that have spent nearly seven years marinating in the juices of the aforementioned low-budget movie. Add several million dollars, and season with Robert Patrick. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
In all seriousness, Cameron had previously proved himself something of a master at making sequels with Aliens in 1986. The Terminator had been an unprecedented success, and demand for the inevitable sequel was huge.
Schwarzenegger had, in all probabality, made his career off the back of The Terminator's success, starring in such hits as Commando, Predator and Total Recall in the years preceding Terminator 2. On the acting side, Linda Hamilton makes her return - more on her later - and Earl Boen returns as the fantastically antagonistic Dr. Silberman. Robert Patrick, whose only previous role of note was as cannon fodder in Die Hard 2, comes in to take over badass Terminator duties in this film, and Edward Furlong and Joe Morton complete the main cast.
Arnie has great screen presence - you have to give him that much - but one of the things that makes this film lose out compared to its predecessor is the fact that Arnie as the protector is responsible for pretty much all of the exposition, a role that Michael Biehn excelled at in the first film. Arnie delivers it all with his trademark thick Austrian accent and it is ever so slightly distracting.
Hamilton was probably the star of the first flick - but here she is something else. She owns the screen in every scene she is in. And if it's true that it was Hamilton's idea to play Connor a little bit crazy, then all credit must go to her for bringing the character to life.
The story is essentially a re-telling of the original, but with megabucks thrown at it. But the difference between this and several more recent $100m+ films is that you can see the results of the budget. It looks fantastic. It is another brilliant sci-fi/action/chase movie mix with a bit of hysteria mixed in. One of the best sequels ever made.
Now, in many peoples views, it is sacriligeous to claim that the sequel is better, but the majority of terminator fans will agree with me when i say this is the best, as its mix of humour, action, and pairing up for Furlong and Schwarzenegger makes this a 90's classic.
John Connor (Edward Furlong) is now ten years old, but is still mankinds best hope for the future war with machines, and so the machines have once again sent back a terminator to kill him. Bring on Robert Patrick as the T-1000, a newer and more deadly machine that can turn into pretty much any shape or person it wishes. However, this time the humans have sent back the same model of terminator from the first movie (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to protect John. As you can imagine, this creates a great opportuntity for epic battles between two 'indestructible' machines.
The action here is over the top and intense as hell, as the two machines clash in a variety of scenes set around Los Angeles, as the fight out through malls, highways, and those strange sewer like passgaes you get in LA that i don't know what the hell are called...
The scenes never get too violent, and it is more like watching two cranes box with each other throughout than two guys fighting. The movie at times does have some fairly greusome scenes, so i wouldn't advise this for kids, but if your as irresponsible as me then go ahead!
Arnie is a delight as the terminator, and this time round he plays the good guy, and fits the role of the learning terminator perfectly as a father figure for Furlong's character. Furlong too excells and fits the role well of the kid who is at first terrified of the machine, but then starts to treat him like his play buddy.
Patrick is also on top form here as the very cold T-1000, who kills throughout without mercy or emotion, and only uses his charm, or human appeal to lead him towards the kill.
Though viewers must overlook the major plot holes, such as the many events that change the course of history in the movie seemingly having no effect on the actual future events, but thats a whole other kettle of fish. And hey, this movie is popcorn perfection, and shouldn't be overly analysed. Just sit back, and enjoy:)
This is probably my last ever review on dooyoo, due to my new job being pretty hectic, so i'd just like to say thanks to all my pals on this for rating me, an i hope you all have a good time! X
Since Sarah Connor was first visited by the Terminator ten years have passed and now her son, John, the leader of the future human resistance, has been targeted. A new and more deadly terminator, T-1000, is sent back in time to destroy John while he is still a young boy. But another Terminator is also sent back, assigned to find and protect John.
Meanwhile, Sarah has been locked up in a mental hospital, no one believing her story of the future demise of the world. Together, John and the Terminator race to save his mother and again try to save the future of their world. But against them in their race is the powerful T-1000 and the Terminator and Sarah must do everything in their power to protect John.
~ Cast ~
The Terminator - Arnold Schwarzenegger
John Connor - Edward Furlong
Sarah Connor - Linda Hamilton
T-1000 - Robert Patrick
Miles Dyson - Joe Morton
If you read my review on the first Terminator film, you'll have seen that I wasn't too impressed with it. This meant that I wasn't expecting too much from the second film even though this seems to be the favourite for the majority of people who've seen them all. Terminator 2 was released in 1991, jumping eight years on from when the first film was made so I was expecting the special effects and music, etc., to be much better. And I wasn't disappointed. The second film has much more special effects involving many big explosions and car crashes and the robots didn't look anywhere near as crappy as they did in the first film.
Apart from containing much more special effects and action, there was also much more comedy mainly in the form of funny and sarcastic lines from the cast. The good quotes and one liners in this film are endless, a couple of my favourites being:
John Connor: Jesus, you were gonna kill that guy.
The Terminator: Of course; I'm a terminator.
John Connor: We've got company.
Miles Dyson: Police?
Sarah Connor: How many?
John Connor: Uh, all of them, I think.
The Terminator: (after swearing not to kill anyone and then shooting a security guard in the leg) He'll live.
I was glad to see that Arnie had loads more speaking parts in this film including his famous line from the first 'I'll be back' and also introduced was the popular line of his 'Hasta la vista baby'. His role of the Terminator was much more real to life as, being the goodie this time, he was able to interact more with humans and picked up and learnt human traits and mannerisms. This also provided a few chuckles when he stiffly repeated sentences and actions which John taught him such as 'no problemo' and 'dickwad' and sticking his thumb up. There was also a very funny part after the Terminator had just been in a huge fight and been injured badly and he came out with 'I need a vacation'. His stiff and robotic characteristics make it so comical when he spoke typical human terms and Arnie's acting as this role was the main reason why I enjoyed the film.
The inclusion of a different type of robot, T-1000, who is made of liquid metal, gives more power to the story and the special effects created here were brilliant with his human skin changing into liquid and being morphed into different shapes when he was shot or injured. Robert Patrick played this role very well with a continual evil-looking face and no sign of emotion or sympathy whatsoever. Even though he's quite small and doesn't look very tough, I think he was a great casting for this part, as he did look pure evil throughout the entire film.
Linda Hamilton played Sarah Connor again and she had obviously had to work out very hard for the role as her arms were huge and the veins in them were disgusting! Although not the best of actors, Edward Furlong played his role as a teenage John Conner well but I must say I don't think I've ever heard a child actor swear so much in the space of one film!
Although I did prefer this film much more than the first, I did think it dragged on a bit and my husband and I both thought there were a couple of places it could have finished before it actually got to the end. There were also a couple of discrepancies such as T-1000 seeming to disappear for about 30 minutes whilst the others were doing some important things and then suddenly reappearing as soon as they had found what they were looking for. The film still didn't put much fear or panic in me but overall I did enjoy it as it contained much more action, special effects and comical moments, and so far it is easily my favourite out of the first two Terminator films.
Running time: 137 minutes
Certificate rating: 15
Director: James Cameron
Much like the first film, Terminator 2 is a dazzling array of special effects piled on to crank up the explosive action. The film was released in 1991 (7 years after the original) but was actually set in the year 1995 (which is 11 years after the original story finished).
After Sarah Connor managed to beat Skynet's original Terminator, the organisation decide to send back in time another of their creations; the T1000. This time their goal is to destroy John Connor as a child. John (the oldest looking 10 year old on film) has been fostered out to a couple who aren't much concerned about his wellbeing, and has a chip on his shoulder due to his mother's incarceration. Sarah is now in a mental institution and fighting off allegations that she was responsible for the explosion at the end of the original film.
Since giving birth to John, Sarah has become an expert in warfare, and has tried to pass down her knowledge to her son. However, he is of the same opinion as everybody else, that she has lost her mind. He is forced to change his mind when the new terminator turns up to kill him. As with the first time, another figure is sent back from the future to protect the future leader of the resistance. The protector is an identical model to the first terminator, as indicated when he first comes face to face with Sarah and the audience see's her horror.
Judgement Day, or T2 as it is commonly known, is the best of the Terminator films, and even manages to surpass the brilliance of the original. Given that it is nearly 20 years old, it looks far better than the original and has the kind of heart that Films 3 and 4 could only dream of. James Cameron directs for the last time, and his obvious flare for action is evident all the way through. What he creates is a dark, often funny, rarely dull picture that remains true to the mythology of the original whilst adding its own take.
The most notable thing about the film is an oustanding turn by Linda Hamilton as the screwed up survivor of the first film. Her gutsy performance is often compared to that of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in Alien, but Hamilton's plight is far more believable given that she is protecting her offspring. She is also low on sentimentality, obviously crying all her tears in the first film, and now running on her own rage and adrenalin.
Edward Furlong isn't exactly believable as a 10 year old kid. He plays at the arcades, rides his own motorcycle, and generally does exactly what he wants. His attitude and his appearance makes him far older, and whilst you can buy into it due to his background, it makes him seem just a little too wide to be real. The performance is good though, and he gets a few laughs when he orders his protector not to kill, with some hilarious results.
Schwarzenneger is back, but this time he's the good guy. Although, he's the baddest good guy to grace the screen in my memory. There's no point talking about the big guy's acting, I've already mentioned he cant act in my last Terminator review, its like stating the colour of the sky. However, he is a great hulking figure who ably embodies that of both a protector and a killer. He would return once more for the third film, although a cast of his face was used to create his image in the most recent film.
T2 is one of the best sequels created, offering everything from likable characters to adrenalin pumping explosions. Whilst the premise is a daft one, it is so well executed that nobody cares that it is impossible. Rather than opting for contrived expose, the film basically throws us straight into the action, and then expands on the previous film without ever really covering those events. Cameron expects us to know what happened in the previous films, but caters for those who probably couldn't be bothered to catch up. This is an entirely new film that tacks on perfectly to its predecessor whilst being able to stand up on its own.
The original Terminator film took £38million in box office returns. This film was made for £102 million and took double that in its US box office run alone. The film was the biggest grossing film of 1991, and has been released in 3 different guises - including a theatrical cut and a director's cut. The film was rated 15 for violence.
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Janette Goldstein, Earl Boen and Joe Morton
I have not yet seen the end of Terminator 3 (I gave up half way through - as I was fed up with the film), and I'm saving Salvation until I find the will to finish film 3. So you might have to wait a while for those reviews.