JT Film Review

36 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day REVIEW

4.5/5 stars

Director – James Cameron

Cast – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

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— follows The Terminator

followed by Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (or T2) is one of the illustrious group of sequels which are better than the original. I watched the original, The Terminator, a while back and was, I must admit, a bit underwhelmed. The story was a little suspect and the romance scenes between Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn were absolutely awful. However, this movie amps it all up with a much better, tighter script, much better special effects, and better acting. Casting Arnold against type as the hero was a great move, and Robert Patrick, while not seeming so at first glance, is a ridiculously intimidating villian. Everything comes together here.

The tone of the movie is both dark and comedic, alternating between both quickly and easily. The music is a tad “80’s”, but it only intrudes if you focus on it (which means, I guess, that it doesn’t really intrude). But the special effects are the most integral part of the movie, and they still hold up now. However, while the special effects are very important to the movie, they never overpower the story or the characters. Eddie Furlong (who would later do an amazing job in the awful American History X) stars as a young John Connor, Arnold Schwarzenagger is a Terminator sent to protect him, Linda Hamilton is John’s mom, and Robert Patrick is a shape-shifting Terminator programmed to kill John. They all do their jobs well, although Linda Hamilton tends to ham it up a bit.

The only real problem with the movie I had was a plot point which occured later in the film, with Linda Hamilton’s character. I won’t ruin any exact details, but it felt manipulative, and just tacked on to draw the film out a bit.

OVERALL

There’s not too much to say about this movie. It’s a well made action movie with good characterization and a good story, plain and simple. Watch and enjoy.

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TRAILER

“Terminator 2: Judgement Day” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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August 16, 2009 - Posted by | 4.5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Sci-fi, Year - 1990-1999 | , , , ,

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