A more complex story and revolutionary action and effect-sequences can't change the fact that it is ruined by moralistic speeches. Linda Hamilton is a tough action heroine that remain strong without going into emotional or sexual overdrive while Robert Patrick poses effectively with a neutral and unemotional face stealing scenes as the unstoppable T-1000. A scene with a nuclear blast leave a lasting impact.
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.
The greatest action movie ever made. The greatest sequel of all time. When I was 8, Terminator 2 was the first R-rated film I ever saw. It changed my life forever. T2 is an incredible, rich, thrilling, genius blockbuster that has aged perfectly, still looks beautiful, and blows my mind to this day. Cameron balances the perfect mix of artistry, jaw-dropping action, and humanity. They don't make 'em like this any more.
At least a three. Pretty fun, tight action sequel. Some may be repulsed by the bits of (perhaps juvenile) sentimentality, but the visceral hook of the film is a bit juvenile, anyway. At the very least, the warmth of those bits runs together with the hot-blooded nature of the movie on the whole. So I'd say it's pretty cohesive.