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Director: James Cameron

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenneger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong

It’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day on the big screen in 3D. Go see it. What? It’s Terminator 2, what else do I need to say?
(*Sigh*) Ok, I suppose I’ll carry on for those of you completely unfamiliar with this 25-year-old classic (hi toddlers and hermits).
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is the 1992 follow up to 1984’s Terminator directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenneger in the pivotal role of the cybernetic killing machine T800 Model 101. The film not only changed the way action films were made but it also firmly established Cameron as a visionary and innovative director, forever left the actors being associated with their roles and made CGI a common staple of action/sci-fi/horror films to follow (for better or for worse). Not to mention the boots, clothes and motorcycle full of
quotable lines.
The film consistently shows up in the top tiers of ‘best films of all time’ lists and after seeing it on the big screen for the first time I can understand why (I didn’t get a chance during its initial release on account of being a wee child).
As far as the story goes it sets of a few years after the first one ended. After having failed to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) Skynet sends another far more sophisticated terminator T1000 (Robert Patrick) to attempt to change the future once again. This time around the target is Connor’s adolescent son John Connor (Edward Furlong) whose death would ensure that the resistance against the machines never materialises. To counter this the future John
Connor sends a reprogrammed T800 (Schwarzennerger) to protect his younger self.
What follows is two-and-a-half-hours of unrelenting and increasingly explosive chase scenes with breaks in between to give the audience a breather. All this culminates in the famous final face off scene in the steelworks factory.
The acting in the film is excellent and for a summer blockbuster action film there is plenty of emotion to be found. This is perhaps one of, if not the best, performances Schwarzennerger has ever given. You would need to be some sort of cyborg yourself not to fight back a tear or two during the final scene.
Both Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong create a convincing portrait of a dysfunctional mother/son relationship where Sarah raised John to think that paramilitary training, keeping gun stockpiles and preparing for a post-apocalyptic war with robots was just your typical family bonding time.
Robert Patrick’s T1000 is truly one of the more frightening villains to have ever graced the screen. There is no reasoning with this villain, no pleading and no mercy to be given as he will dispatch anyone he (or rather ‘it’) has to in order to reach his prey. The fact that he manages to toss the T800, someone twice his size, around like an abused Roomba only adds to the sense of his power and invulnerability.

Oh, and this film is in 3D. For those of us accustomed to the 2D version it does create a new way of watching the film (the opening scene in 3D is especially effective). The 3D aspect of the film is not overbearing and is some of the best I’ve seen.
Now it’s time to talk about the negatives. Nowadays if there is one thing that ages a film faster than a reference to a social media trend it would have to be CGI. And Terminator 2 is no exception. At the time of its release the use of CGI for the T1000 scenes was ground breaking.
But 25 years later some of the CGI (especially in the first half of the film) does look decidedly syfy channel-ish, circa 2005. But apart from a few scenes in the beginning the rest of the CGI does hold up surprisingly well. This may be in part due to the fact that it shows up in darkly lit environments.
Considering that most of the film relies on amazing practical effects and stunts that have not aged all that badly at all I would say that a couple of scenes with outdated CGI is not going to make it any less enjoyable.
So, if you like 3D, if you like Terminator 2: Judgement Day and want to see it on the big screen or if you’ve never seen it I would strongly advise you to go ahead and see this timeless classic.




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