Terminator 2: Judgment Day, opens in a very familiar way- with the appearance of the Terminator. Two, actually. One, is the tried and tested Terminator from the first film (Arnold Schwarzenegger) the other? An even more advanced and deadly killing machine (Robert Patrick).The second Cyborg is made from a liquid metal which enables it to shapeshift into any form it should wish. Both robots begin their search for John Connor (Edward Furlong) the teenage son of Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and the future leader of mankind. Sarah’s life is entirely changed from when we met her in the first film, as a patient in a mental facility she has no control over her day to day routine. Sentenced there indefinitely after attempting to destroy Cyberdyne- the company which will bring about the construction of SkyNet and initiate WWIII.
Sarah is no longer the soft young thing we remember from the previous installment,- doing pull-ups in the mental ward, she’s muscular and determined to be a mother to her son. But John, without the support and stability of a family unit has become the definition of disaffected youth, a delinquent on the road to nowhere. As the two Terminators track John down we realize the “good” Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is there to protect the hope of man’s future, not extinguish it. A struggle then ensues to keep John and his mother alive, as the countdown to Judgment Day begins.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Official Plot Synopsis
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his most iconic role as an advanced cyborg from the future in the most successful sequel of all time.
It has been 10 years since the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor’s ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child.
Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost.
The battle for tomorrow has begun…
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T2 demands the viewer to sit up and take note; it succeeds in recapturing the feelings created by its predecessor whilst expanding on beloved themes with imagination and ingenuity. The evolution of Ms. Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a stunning example of why this sequel is the perfect progression of this franchise.
A must see.
Directed by: James Cameron | Produced by: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, B.J. Rack, Stephanie Austin & Mario Kassar | Written by: James Cameron & William Wisher Jr. | Music by: Brad Fiedel | Cinematography: Adam Greenberg | Editing by: Conrad Buff, Mark Goldblatt & Richard A. Harris | Studios: Carolco Pictures, Lightstorm Entertainment & Le Studio Canal+ | Distributed by: TriStar Pictures | Release date: July 3, 1991 (1991-07-03) | Running time: 139 minutes | Language: English | Budget: US$102 million | Gross revenue: $519,843,345
The Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger | Sarah Connor: Linda Hamilton | John Connor: Edward Furlong | T-1000: Robert Patrick | Dr. Silberman: Earl Boen | Kyle Reese: Michael Biehn | Miles Dyson: Joe Morton | Tarissa Dyson: S. Epatha Merkerson | Enrique Salceda:Castulo Guerra | Tim: Danny Cooksey | Janelle Voight: Jennette Goldstein | Todd Voight: Xander Berkeley | Twin Sarah: Leslie Hamilton Gearren | Douglas: Ken Gibbel | Cigar-Smoking Biker: Robert Winley | Lloyd: Peter Schrum | Trucker: Shane Wilder | General John Connor: Michael Edwards | Lewis Guard: Don Stanton | T-1000 Lewis: Dan Stanton | DeVaughn Nixon: Danny Dyson | Vault Guard: Tony Simotes | Jolanda Salceda: Diane Rodriquez | Infant John Connor: Dalton Abbott | Gibbons: Abdul Salaam El Razzac | Tourist Shot By T-1000: Takao Komine
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Let’s review the film…What can I say that hasn’t been said before? The answer to that is nothing, so instead I’ll just indulge my absolute and undying devotion to this film. The explosions- I loved. The storyline- I loved. The characters- I f*cking loved.
In 1991 the groundbreaking visuals provided by ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) allowed Cameron to give the Connor’s an intense new nemesis; seemingly indestructible and unstoppable. The pace never ceased hitting the viewer in the face and left cinema goers satisfied and shocked- in a good way.
The film itself added an element of humor without mocking the audience with pure comedy as the later sequel (Terminator 3) did so many times, leaving a sense of tackiness to an undesirable level. The love is a very important aspect to these films, you don’t look for it because, like an old lovable pet that eats you out of house and home then pees in your shoes- the love sneaks up on you. James Cameron; till the end of my days I shall worship at the alter of your intrinsic awesomeness and vow never to leave the seat down.
The later released T-1000 edition also satisfied the fans with never before seen scenes, that were omitted on some occasions for obvious reasons but some scenes are classic,- especially ILM visual effects (notably the T-1000 steelworks glitch moments) to keep the running time to a minimum. It appears that these days a 3 hr plus film does not stop a film being a classic. Go watch the American edition or Blu-Ray SkyNet edition to watch the film in its original entirety to see James Cameron’s original vision.
One downfall to this movie is (if your a true fan like myself) that on investigating the numerous chapters on the T2 DVD you will see concept art of Terminators that didn’t make it to the final cut eg; ‘The Centurion’ and ‘The Silverfish’. Also in the original draft of the script we were meant to see the interiors of SkyNet (James Cameron’s art is phenomenal in his military style of drawing, it surely captures a terminator fan’s imagination of what could have been…).
Scenes also omitted from the script; the reprogramming of the T-800 by Mr John Connor himself and his heavy crew of resistance fighters infiltrating the interiors of the mighty SkyNet Pyramid. Also the future war was meant to be a post apocalyptic winter, snowing mid future war would have been a marvel to watch. It’s just a damn shame Hollywood as always didn’t show the belief in Cameron to push the budget limit.
Imagine a T1 with a budget of 50 million instead of 6 million and a T2 with a 200 million budget instead of 92 million and you will slightly begin to understand the way in which my mind works.
Long live Terminator 2 for breaking the boundaries and capturing an audience from now and into the post apocalyptic future. Well done Cameron. It’s a shame you abandoned the film series that made you who you are today.
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Quotes“3 billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They only lived to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines.”
“SkyNet, the computer that controlled the machines, sent two terminators back through time; their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance: John Connor, my son. The first Terminator was programmed to strike at me in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The second was set to strike at John himself when he was just a child.” The close-up of John Connor dissolves into a blaze of inferno, as Sarah continues: “As before, the Resistance was able to send a lone warrior as a protector for John. It was just a question of which one would reach him first.”