Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  • Science fiction
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Having failed, in Cameron's impressive original, to prevent the birth of future resistance leader John Connor, the machines running the world in 2029 again send a cyborg to our era to kill him off as an unruly LA teenager (Furlong). Again, too, the resistance responds by sending the boy a protector: a T800 cyborg (Schwarzenegger) physically identical to the one which formerly laid siege to John's mom Sarah (Hamilton). That Arnie is now a good guy is one twist; the other is that he's the underdog, since the T1000 (Patrick) despatched by the machines is far more sophisticated, constructed from liquid steel so that it can adopt the appearance of anyone or anything it chooses. The film is much the same as its predecessor, except that the effects are more spectacular, there's a lumbering anti-nuke subtext, and the script's good-natured wit is undercut by the sentimentality of Arnie's becoming a caring cyborg. Structured as a simple chase, the story sags midway, but the first hour and last 30 minutes display an enjoyably relentless bravura.

Release details

Duration: 135 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Cameron
Screenwriter: James Cameron, William Wisher
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton
Edward Furlong
Robert Patrick
Earl Boen
Joe Morton
S Epatha Merkerson
Xander Berkeley
Jenette Goldstein

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Adam N

I saw this as an impressionable kid (I must have been eight?! Where were my parents!) and it has had a serious impact on me ever since - not a year goes by where I don't watch it at least once if not twice, You Could Be Mine by Guns N' Roses is probably my favourite song ever, I have a strange urge to go and ride motorbikes through dried up Los Angeles sewers, the office coffee machine sounds like a dying T-1000 to me and I have a phobia of people who haven't seen this film. I love it and I love Arnie - I can't in any way review this film objectively so I won't bother. 5 stars all and if I wasn't at work I'd be watching it right now.

Tina

I love this film. I love all the Terminator films, they are fantastic, although the third isn't as good as the first two. There are rumours of a fourth film, with Arnold in a cameo role, bring it on.

Tina

I love this film. I love all the Terminator films, they are fantastic, although the third isn't as good as the first two. There are rumours of a fourth film, with Arnold in a cameo role, bring it on.