The same cyborg from the future that was once sent to kill Sarah Connor is now sent to protect her son and ensure the survival of mankind. But this time they are up against an even more powerful cyborg.
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2017 3-D reissue Cameron's sequel to his lower budget '84 hit still stands as one of the great Hollywood action films. Groundbreaking effects and iconic turns by Schwarzenegger and Hamilton have assured this a place in cinema history. Cameron's meticulous technical planning in his films make him a big budget maverick with his weakness most always being the human element. A welcome return to the big screen.
Before James Cameron became a mainstream spectacle-maker who appeared once every ten years to break box office records, he was most likely Hollywood's closest analog to Hong Kong director John Woo: a master craftsman who innately understood how crucial spacial geography, editing tempo, and the selective use of slow motion are to creating a memorable action sequence. "T2" is popcorn entertainment of the highest order.
Terminator 2 is an excellent sequel and the action sequences certainly pack a punch. Robert Patrick as the T-1000 is one of the most memorable villains in film history. This is the peak of Arnold Schwarzenegger's career.
There are so many things a film can do. T2 takes all the ones that generate revenue and elevates them beyond their usual crass, commercial formulations, turning them instead into something close to timeless, maybe even close to perfect. A cinematic and sociological event. This film is the grace Cameron fell from.
After dozens and dozens of viewings, James Cameron's action masterpiece never loses its charm. Hours of white-knuckle action sequences and a haunting story (albeit flawed) with an apocalyptic vision of the future (not to mention an endless supply of childhood nostalgia). Cameron's spark has since gone out, but this is undoubtedly one of the best and most thrilling films of its kind.
I'm surely not the only one who believes this film to be utter rubbish... After a very good first film, Cameron starts the ruin of a franchise that was only downhill from here. Highly sentimental ("I know now why humans cry" and him sticking his thumb up as he died are cringe worthy), annoying characters, and a frankly silly villain. The film's plot also makes little sense. A silly, silly movie.
James Cameron might be a bit of douche, but you can't really argue with his success. One of those sequels that outdoes the original. Linda Hamilton also set the bar on how to look if you're a female action hero.
James Cameron may be full of shit but he was always right on the pulse of the cutting edge special effects technology and that is clearly on display in this stunning action film filled with incredible effects that are some of the best ever committed to film.