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Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991

  • James Cameron
  • July 1, 1991
  • 137 mins
  • English
  • Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
It's nothing personal.
Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.


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Between this and Aliens James Cameron has proved that you can make a great sequel that builds on the original story yet stands alone. Unfortunately, Hollywood took this as ‘all sequels can work’ and started churning out lazy cash-grabs. We probably need to send Arnie back in time to deal with him.

Then again perhaps we shouldn’t because this stands as a masterpiece of action cinema. The formula is simple - one robot is sent back in time to kill John Connor, another is sent back to protect him. On the face of it, Terminator 2 is just two robots shooting at each other. In reality, it’s all in the execution.

Everything about this film hits the spot. The special effects are still slick as ever and the action is used sparingly enough to still be effective. Cameron seems to have an instinct for when his audience might start to get fatigued as things get louder, and knows when to pick up the pace in quieter scenes. It’s hard to believe this is the same man who made Avatar.

An action masterpiece that has somehow aged less than the sequel they made in 2015.


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@dunpealhunter Excellent Review. I agree with everything you mentioned.

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So just to see how exceptional this movie was:
Until Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), this was the only sequel to win an Academy Award when the previous installment(s) received no nomination.

Terminator 2 is one of my favorite action movies of all time and here is why:

  • Amazing Antagonist (Robert Patrick) and Protagonist (Arny) with a set of great actors/actresses: Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong
  • Lots of memorable moments that will stick with you forever
  • Action sequences with tons of explosions and VFX
  • CGI that still outshines current day CGI. Believe it or not, this movie was released in 1991
  • One of Cameron's biggest achievements ever imo.
  • Soundtrack that never gets old
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