Wednesday, October 30, 2019

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY MOVIE REVIEW

 Terminator 2: Judgment Day is directed by James Cameron and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Robert Patrick. The plot of the movie is a cyborg identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg. This is the greatest sequel ever made. This film was released in 1991 and it still holds up today it doesn't feel dated whatsoever.    This film does not entirely rely on CGI most of the effects and the stunts are practical which is extremely impressive even to this day. When watching this movie again for this review the first scene that really stood out to me was when they show in 2029 the humans destroying a Skynet ship and it just looks so great because they are using miniatures it's not just CGI. It makes the action feel so much more real and intense just go through all the action scenes in the movie the car chase through the man-made rivers of Los Angeles, the raid on the mental institute, the fight at Cyberdyne Systems, the helicopter chase, and the final showdown at the factory all these action scenes are just so great they feel so real because a lot of the stunts are real. This film blends CGI and practical effects so well that is why the action scenes don't feel dated.        This film pushes the limits of its characters and pushes the story in a new direction. Sarah Connor is back in this movie and in this movie, she is a hard-nosed badass and society has deemed her crazy because she's the only one who knows about the impending doom of Judgment Day and because the people don't know how to handle that she is locked up in a mental institute. Since she knows that this impending danger is coming she is constantly haunted by dreams of death and destruction and seeing it on screen you realize why Sarah Connor is going as crazy as she is, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to stop it but in the process of doing that she loses her humanity and becomes more robotic like and more like a Terminator. The perfect example of that is the scene when Sarah Connor and John Connor are reunited again and John Connor all he wants is a hug he wants that human compassion which he has not had in so long and yes they hug, but John wants a hug out of love and compassion, but Sarah Connor, she's not really hugging him she's checking for wounds.    The person who does teach her again about humanity and the value of human life is her son John Connor. This was Edward Furlong's first movie and this is one of the best child performances I have ever seen. Edward Furlong Knocks it out of the park because he also brings that weight to the character as well. Think about it John Connor was raised by Sarah Connor being constantly told that he is going to be the leader of the human resistance. Constantly being told that when your growing up and then your mom gets taken away because she decides to shoot up a computer factory and then your told sorry kid your mom is a psycho and told everything you were told was a lie that is why he is more rebellious and that's why he doesn't really care about his foster parents. When he meets The Terminator again it all comes back and he realizes that he is going to lead the human resistance. That is a lot of emotional weight to put on a kid and Edward Furlong sells it you totally understand what he is going through.    Just like Sarah Connor in the first movie throughout Terminator 2, you start to see John Connor progress into having the qualities that are necessary for him to become a leader. He teaches characters who have lost their way about humanity and the value of human life and to be strong. You can really see that in his relationship with his mother Sarah Connor and the relationship he has with The T-800 The Terminator played once again by Arnold Schwarzenegger.     While we have deep characters, an intriguing story, and obviously the great action set-pieces to go along with it that makes a very good movie, but in my mind a movie that becomes great they bring in themes that go outside of the movie meaning it brings in extra themes that make you think about humanity and life the movie takes a step out into the real world and really makes you think that is what makes a great movie and the first two Terminator movies have that. In this movie you have Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a good Terminator and its prime directive is to protect John Connor and again that just boils it down to good versus evil these two things The T-1000 and The T-800 their sole directives one is to destroy and one is to protect. On top of that, you learn that The T-800 is able to learn and John Connor teaches a machine the value of human life. Throughout the movie, there are these wonderful moments where The Terminator asks John Connor why is he crying because human emotion does not compute in The Terminator's circuits, but throughout the movie, The Terminator starts to learn about human emotions and why they're so important. So not only is his prime directive to save John Connor but because The Terminator is learning about humanity he is really trying to save not just one man, but the entire human race which is extremely powerful which makes the action scenes so much better because we are emotionally invested in them as well on top of the fact that they just look so great, and they are so action-packed.    The T-1000 is very scary he is liquid metal, shots don't affect him, he can change his voice, and he can morph into almost anything so you have no idea where this thing is and it will not stop until John Connor is dead.5 out of 5 stars for Terminator 2: Judgment Day. I hope you enjoyed my review.


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