30 May 2013

Terminator 2 Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
  • Director: James Cameron
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton. S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger –Dave, Twins
    • Linda Hamilton – Dante’s Peak, Hill Street Blues
    • Edward Furlong – American History X
    • Robert Patrick – Walk the Line, The Sopranos, Cop Land, Die Hard 2
    • Joe Morton – Speed, The Astronaut’s Wife, Of Mice and Men, Crossroads
    • S. Epatha Merkerson – She’s Gotta Have It
  • Why bought: A classic. Fun
  • Seen: twice. First time: awhile ago. Now: March 22, 2013

Possibly, this one is even more exciting than the first. I was almost literally biting my nails during the hospital escape and the shootout at the scientist’s house.
It is definitely funnier than the first one. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a comedian is an odd thought but life is full of little surprises (besides I saw him in Twins and that’s pretty funny). I enjoyed watching the kid’s attempts to teach him to act like a human and laughed out loud often throughout the film.
Oh yeah, Schwarzenegger as a nice terminator wasn’t a surprise because I’ve seen it before but the first time it was and one can understand Sarah Connor’s freaking out when she first runs into him.
Connor as a tough guerilla in this one works fine, as does her alternating aloofness and concern and love for her son. Just the right balance.
The touch of pathos over the self-destructiveness of the human race, especially men, adds enough depth to make the film a little more than just bang bang kaboom action.
But the car/truck chases get old fast and once again they happen upon just the right kind of factory in the nick of time to destroy the nasty bad-guy terminator.
The effects are, of course, totally amazing.  Good Friday evening fare.

3 ½ * of 5

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