Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Schwarzeneggar, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick Arnold
Directed by: James Cameron
Tagline: It’s nothing personal.
Running time: 137 Minutes
Running time: 137 Minutes
#39 on IMDB Top 250
Quick summary (from IMDB): A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.
I had pretty much written off Arnold Schwarzeneggar as an actor after Terminator 2. Sure, he did some decent movies after that (True Lies is the only one that jumps out at me as actually good), but everything else was pretty terrible. T2 was the last great thing he did. Unless you count becoming the governor of
as great. I don’t live there, so it had absolutely
no impact on me other than a pretty great political nickname: The Governator.
The T-800 was the perfect role for California . His acting has always been incredibly robotic, so
why not have him play a robot wearing human skin. And he only says like 700
words in the movie so you don’t have to hear him butcher all kinds of dialogue.
He gets simple, short lines like “I’ll be back,” “Hasta la vista, baby,” and
“Come with me if you want to live.” Those three lines, along with “Get to the
chopper!” from Predator and “It’s not a tumor!” from Kindergarten Cop are among
the most memorable and fun lines to repeat in a terrible Arnold impression. Everyone can do them and they are
immensely fun, even 20 plus years later. Arnold
I tend to overlook both The Terminator and T2 as awesome movies because it’s been so long since I’ve seen
as anything other than a politician. He’s been in
a handful of movies now that he’s no longer Governor. His cameo in The
Expendables was decent but most of the other movies have looked pretty
terrible. I’m probably going to watch them at some point because I’m a sucker
for dumb action movies, but I’m not going to be looking for anything on par
with T2, which is Arnold at his best. Arnold
For as awesome as the T-800 (and
) is, I think the T1000 might be better. Upon first
viewing when I was a kid, the T1000 scared the crap out of me. Robert Patrick’s
face was so evil, and he was relentless and had much more modern and hi-tech
advantages than Arnold . He was basically a molten man who could take any
shape. More often than not it resulted in his arms turning into knives or
blades, but it was always awesome. As an adult, I have a much greater
appreciation for the performance Patrick gave. Like Arnold , he had very few lines, but was able to convey so
much with just menacing looks. It’s great and the effects that went into making
that character work are still fantastic, even after 20 years. For as much crap
as I like to give James Cameron for making movies I don’t like, he is a special
effects innovator and a pretty great filmmaker. Arnold
I forgot that T2 was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, winning four of them (for Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, Best Make-Up and Best Visual Effects) which is kind of crazy considering it’s a futuristic sci-fi movie. But I think it was totally deserving of those nominations. I can’t think of many other movies from 1991 that were as good as or better than T2. It wasn’t nominated for Best Picture (which ended up going to The Silence of the Lambs), but it probably should have been.
I just realized I’ve gone 540 words without mentioning Edward Furlong or Linda Hamilton. Without either of them, these movies don’t really exist as they are the central characters to the entire Terminator franchise. Both were solid in their performances, but completely overshadowed by Arnold and Robert Patrick. T2 is the first thing I ever saw Edward Furlong in (he got the “and introducing” credit) and the last thing I remember seeing Linda Hamilton in. Neither Hamilton nor Furlong are amongst the first five or ten things I think of (Arnold in a leather jacket and shades, Robert Patrick as the T1000 in the cop uniform, Guns N’ Roses’ “You Could Be Mine”, T1000 with holes blown in him, T1000 opening the elevator with his metal arms, Arnold with the fake bouquet of roses with the shotgun inside, the kid who played Bobby Budnick on Salute Your Shorts) when I think about Terminator 2: Judgement Day which is crazy considering how important they are to the movie.
I didn’t realize that The Terminator was also available on Netflix until after I finished watching T2, otherwise I would have watched them in order. I have a much less vivid memory of T1, having only seen it once before, but am looking forward to going back and watching it again.
5 out of 5 stars