Terminator 2: Judgement Day

“Come with me if you want to live”

Review by Lewis Goodall

Hasta la vista, baby… there we go, that’s better.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day, directed by James Cameron, is proof that you can make a sequel that is better than the original. This sequel now follows John Conner (Edward Furlong), the son of Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton). As an attempt to make sure that John Conner doesn’t get far enough to start a revolution in the future, a more advanced killing machine is once again sent from the future to try and kill him. The Rebels in the future send help to protect John in the form of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Its clever cause in the first one he’s the threat but in this one he’s the good guy, you see what they did there.

This film takes everything that was great about the first film and just takes it to the next level. Like taking a song you love and turning it all the way up. You’re still getting the same song but it’s that bit more intense, and this is exactly what you get with Terminator 2. So it’s still the same formula of cat and mouse, but this time between two killing machines. At the same time they are stopping the machines rising up in the first place to avoid any war happening in the future. Arnold Schwarzenegger is of course great as a robot again but its Robert Patrick who really shines in this film. Robert plays the assassin robot know as the T-1000, which is made from a liquid metal, basically meaning that he is pretty much invincible. Theres something about his character that is so god damn terrifying that it makes every scene with him in it just explode with tension.

Being a sequel, they obviously wanted to pump this film with a bigger budget and you can certainly tell they used everything they could to make the best action experience. The special effects in this film are dated in some places but it honestly didnt matter, and it didnt stop me from physically saying “cor” when you see the T-1000 walk though metal bars. There was one moment in particular when he is thrown up against a wall, facing the wall, and in an instant, he flips his head and arms around to face Arnold again. I havetn described it well so I’ll try a d find a GIF of it.

Looking back at clips from this film just make me love it even more. Just everything about it is just insanely good. Great performances all round. This time you get to see more emotions coming from all the characters, including Arnold. It’s just all round better than the first film which Is so so rare. Usually the sequels are shit shows but this…. this is a treasure.

Overall, other than The Thing of course, Terminator 2 is THE 80’s sci fi masterpiece and is a serious must watch for everyone. See the first one first cause that too is an amazing film but this one is the cheery on top. In fact the first one is a great tasting cake, we’ll go with triple chocolate. Terminator 2 is a quadruple chocolate cake on top of that cake but also with a cherry on top.

9.5 Robot Carpets out of 10

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