Monday, August 3, 2009

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Terminator is back, but this time he has a new mission.  His mission is to protect John Connor himself!  At the same time, a new Terminator is sent back in time to kill John.  This Terminator is an updated version called the T-1000.  The T-1000 is made of liquid metal and it can turn into anything it touches.  The Terminator has quite the mission in store for him as he and Sarah protect John from the evil of the T-1000.

"T2" is far superior to "The Terminator" in every way.  Arnold is great in the movie and you really start to get close to the Terminator character.  As Sarah Connor says, the Terminator is the best father John could have.  He would always be there for him, he would never hurt him, and he would always protect him.  The Terminator is a learning computer, so there are some nice scenes of John teaching the Terminator different things.  The Terminator wants to know why people cry and John can't explain it.  The Terminator finally gets it in the end.  It really makes the audience tear up.  

Robert Patrick as the T-1000 is amazing.  His blank stare is incredibly eerie.  It is so hard for an actor to not show emotion, but still relate to the audience.  Schwarzenegger and Patrick did a wonderful job achieving this.

Not only is "T2" superior to "The Terminator" in story, but also in special effects and action.  The special effects are amazing in this film and it holds up today.  The T-1000 morphing from liquid metal is really a great effect and it was way ahead of its time.  It looks better than a lot of things that come out today.  "T2" is one of the most important films in cinematic history just for its use of new special effects.

The action scenes are much bigger and more elaborate than the first film.  The best action sequence is when the T-1000 is chasing the gang in a tanker truck.  At one point, the Terminator climbs onto the T-1000's truck and blasts him countless times with a machine gun only inches away from his face.  The Terminator then turns the truck's wheel causing it to flip over and crash.  It is one of the most exciting scenes to ever be filmed.  

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" may be the best action film of all time.  I honestly believed this for a long time, until I saw "The Dark Knight".  It is very difficult to decide what is better, but "T2" might come out on top.  It is perfect in every way.

A  I recommend it.

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