Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

terminator-2-1991-28-g“[as he hacks an ATM] Please insert your stolen card now.” – John Conner

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1991, video, DVD, 27 Jan 2000 and 7 Oct 2013)

Brief Synopsis – Another Terminator travels back in time to kill John Conner as a child.  Once again a protector is also sent to stop him.

My Take on it – I remember when the trailer came out for this movie in early 1991.  My friends and I were enthralled and couldn’t wait for the movie to finally come out.  There was much secrecy behind the plot and also didn’t divulge if Arnie was good or bad in this one.  I recall that my original thought from the preview was that he was perhaps both (which would have been a very cool idea).

I ran to see this movie the week it came out with some friends in July 1991 and immediately loved it!

This movie is much better than the original in every way possible.  The script and story is more cohesive, the acting is better and obviously the action and special effects are on a higher level which lets one enjoy it more in all aspects.

Robert Patrick is great as the new Terminator.  Arnie seems much less mechanical here and it seems to fit better with the storyline that way.

James Cameron has a way of showing his maturity as time goes by.  If you look at his 7 big movies, his direction and personality all grow up along the way.  First there was The Terminator (1984), followed by Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989) and the then this movie.  His next big flick was True Lies (1992),  Titanic (1997) and finally he made Avatar (2009).

This is the best of the Terminator movies to date!

Bottom Line – Excellent sequel and perhaps one of the few sequels to surpass the original on every level!  Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

12 thoughts on “Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

    • I also have always liked him , ever since I saw him as a teen in Coach (1978). But this is THE movie that shows how to make a sequel better than the original.

      BTW, he does appear in the Director’s cu (which I try to see whenever possible because it’s what the director originally envisioned, not what the studio demanded


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