Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – Encore Review


“Say… That’s a nice bike…” – T-1000

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1991, video, DVD, 27 Jan 2000, 7 Oct 2013 and 3 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A teenage John Connor is once again targeted by a cyborg from the future but this time he is also sent a cyborg guardian.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall being so psyched about when it was announced.

The trailer kept certain parts of the story very ambiguous which added to the anticipation of it all.

This is a rare sequel that has much added value to the original story and even enhances it because it builds on the previous information in ways that are quite unexpected.

The special effects used in this movie enhance the story even more and make it all seem even more realistic especially given the fact that the main villain is made of liquid metal and is able to constantly change his form into various people and objects when necessary.

The decision to make Arnie the good guy in this film works quite well and allows the film to take a different direction than the first film took.

The way that the story plays out is great and Writer/Director James Cameron was able to find a way to give closure to the story which has been ruined by multiple sequels that have been made even since.

The way that they present the action scenes is amazing and they once again are able to show the relentlessness of the various Terminators as they each try to fulfill their missions to the very end.

The tone of this film is quite bleak and it shows throughout yet they still are able to inject a message of hope throughout the film most notably when they deal with the issue of whether the future is set or whether it can be changed along with the aspect of what we are fated to do in life.

This is a perfect example of a sequel that is able to outdo the original while moving the film in a great direction that enhances the entire story line.

Bottom Line – Amazing sequel that is able to build on the original premise and even surpass it. The special effects are superb and enhance the film especially when dealing with a character formed of liquid who can transform himself into many different objects or people. The choice to make Arnie the good guy this time around works really well. The story plays out really well and they are able to bring closure to the entire story line. The action scenes are amazingly set up and it once again shows the relentlessness of the cyborgs as they both try to fulfill their missions. The film has a very bleak tone overall yet the message of hope is constantly present especially when dealing with fate and whether the future is truly set or not. Perfect example of a sequel that enhances the original film and also move the story in a great direction at the same time. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the audio commentary, director James Cameron said that not only was the biker bar scene filmed across the street from where LAPD officers beat up Rodney King, but they were filming the night of the beating. Cameron got the idea for Strange Days (1995) after the outcome of the verdict on April 29, 1992. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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