Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Directed by James Cameron
Someone from the future must really want John Connor dead because they’ve sent back an upgraded cyborg -this time hardier than the first- to finish the job.
This cyborg, a T-1000 (Patrick), adapts easily to its surroundings with chameleon-like flesh. It takes the form of a policeman to get around, mainly so it can “borrow” police cars without anyone asking for credentials. Its body is made out of liquid metal, so it can keep repairing itself after taking heavy blows from bullets. The twist in this Terminator sequel is that the original bad guy, the one who tried to kill Sarah Connor (Hamilton), comes back to save her son.
After destroying the first Terminator (Schwarzenegger), Sarah moves her son from place to place. She teaches him skills, like how to handle weapons and getting money out of an ATM, to lead the future against the upcoming war. Her new way of life has landed her in an institution while John (Furlong) gets placed in foster homes. When he gets attacked by a cyborg, the Terminator arrives in time to save him and together they bust Sarah out.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Terminator 2: Judgement Day returns in full swing with action and bullets flying everywhere. It also returns at a lengthy runtime of two-and-a-half hours, which was just enough to make me antsy in my seat. While there was enough to support each scene to make it interesting, there was too much going on in one movie.
What was incredible in this movie was the special effects that went into making the T-1000 seem real. As it changed into different people or healed from the gunshots, the effects to make it shiny and metallic looked like an effect expected from an early 2000’s movie, not something made in 1991.
Sarah was almost unrecognizable after thirteen years from her first encounter with a Terminator. She turned from a normal citizen to a fighter, using all sorts of weapons to protect her son from any attacks from the future. After learning about the fate expected to wipe-out most of the planet, it takes a toll on her sanity. In a mental institution, doctors think she’s crazy as she explains how everyone will die in a blinding hot flash of light. It’s almost a good thing the T-1000 appears because it cements the fact that she’s not crazy.
What almost sounds crazier is the fact that the Terminator returns, but as a good guy. The future John Connor reprogrammed it to protect his younger self. Young John befriends the Terminator and sees the protector he came to be. Sarah remarks that the Terminator is like the father John never had as she sees how much he tries to protect John.
But it’s not enough. Sarah finds out where Skynet and the future Terminators all came from- the works of a man named Miles Dyson. She believes she can change the future if she kills him and destroy his work. Some things in the future, however, are set in stone.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day worked well as a sequel. It kept its entertainment up with all the action going on. The first few minutes of credits at the beginning set the tone of the movie with a fiery blaze upon a playground. The sequel shows how John grew up, hearing stories about his future and not learning good examples from his mom, which are supposed to help him later on. Experiencing the attack from the T-1000 proves that his mom has been sane all along. The mother he thought was good-for-nothing is actually someone he needs in his life.
Minor scenes could have been cut to make the movie shorter. It’s downfall was the length, which increased my lack of interest despite how entertaining the movie was. For its time, Terminator 2 was impressive and it showed. The movie won four Oscars so to say that it deserves a “B” rating is probably underrated.