1991 Running time: 146 Certificate: 15 Rating: 5

Synopsis

Sent to the present from a war-ravaged and machine-dominated future, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the iconic T-800. But the cyborg's second coming finds him reprogrammed as protector, not killer, with the sole objective of protecting teenage rebel John Connor (Edward Furlong), the future saviour of the human race. Not to be outdone, the machines send back the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a new and improved terminator made of liquid metal. Fight! All the action and jaw-dropping effects you'd expect from Hollywood's pre-eminent ground-breaker James Cameron.

Director

  • James Cameron

Cast

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Linda Hamilton

  • Robert Patrick

  • Edward Furlong

Review

Having stormed the Hollywood A-list with none other than the marvellously original and expertly crafted 1984 hit The Terminator, James Cameron then went on to state his claim as the new-found grandmaster of mind blowing sci-fi with the awe-inspiring Aliens.

Tough act to follow you might think? Not for Cameron. He relished the challenge and delivers with staggering aplomb in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Embroiled in a vicious battle against Skynet's machines in the year 2029, leader of the human resistance John Connor, sends back a reprogrammed terminator in order to ensure his survival.

Not short on intelligence or technical savvy however, the machines send back a distinctly shinier model to do exactly the opposite.

Now, although this sounds suspiciously familiar and could be misinterpreted as a rehash of the first film, what you absolutely can't deny Cameron is his distinct understanding of the necessity for expansion. And make no mistake, Judgment Day is significantly bigger and better than its predecessor.

Cue brilliant twists, ingenious character development, suspenseful action, brutal violence and breath taking revolutionary special effects, which to this day remain state of the art.

In a stroke of absolutely inspired plotting, the once demonised T-800 (the Austrian Oak, reprising a role that perfectly befits his nickname, skill set and physique) now acts as the heroic, humanised protector.

Meanwhile, the memorably vulnerable Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton, returning with impressive intensity and renewed physical prowess) is transformed into a brutal, unforgiving heroine. Both characters exuding cool as effortlessly as a summertime Calypso.

The masterstroke however, is Cameron's inclusion of Robert Patrick as the emotionless, visually groundbreaking and virtually unstoppable villain, the T-1000. An android so advanced that its mechanical makeup of mimetic alloy means it can be blown apart and reform itself without so much as a screwdriver. Arguably one of the greatest assassins in cinema history.

Of course, the film is not without its flaws. Mind bendingly complicated plot holes become quite obvious when the ambitious notion of time travel is given more than a minute or two of thought over a biscuit break.

"Hang on! Why on earth would the machines even bother sending back a terminator if it's obvious by Connor's presence in the future that their mission would fail anyway? In fact, why wouldn't Connor just...Oh, oh no, I've gone blind."

Irrespective, this film has to be considered one of Cameron's finest contributions to modern cinema, Arnie's crowning moment and debatably, up there with The Godfather Part II in the best-sequels-of-all-time argument that has undoubtedly divided many pub goers.

Governator scmovenator! We're ready for your return to the big screen whenever you are Arnie. Take your time.

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