“Terminator 2: Judgement Day” was directed, produced and co-written by James Cameron, is a sequel to its 1984 predecessor and serves as the second installment in the “Terminator” franchise. The films sees both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton return their respected characters. The cast also includes Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton and Earl Boen. Michael Biehn reprises his role from the previous film but his scenes did not make the final cut of the film and were later added on the extended version of film.
11 years after the events of the previous film and the failure of the original Terminator, Skynet once again sends another Terminator back in time to 1995 to kill John Connor (Furlong), only this time it sends an advanced prototype known as the T-1000 (Patrick). However, Connor reprograms a old T-800 series Terminator (Schwarzenegger) and sends him to protect his younger self. With 2 robots sent back in time, the struggle to save humanity becomes overwhelming for John and his mother, Sarah (Hamilton) who is serving at mental hospital after attempting to destroy computer factories. Despite running from the T-1000, John and Sarah learn the origins of Skynet and its creator, Miles Dyson (Morton) and have plans that could maybe prevent Judgement Day and save the world.
“T2” is without question one of the greatest films, sequels and storylines ever. Having $100 million budget, which was considered the highest budget for one film, it was able to gross over $500 million in the U.S. alone. Everything from the action to the visuals to the storyline is all top notch. After the success of the first film in 1984, Cameron waited as the technology for the making of this film was being designed and put to good use to make the cutting edge CGI seem flawless. The film came out in 1991 after Cameron’s did another sequel, “Aliens” in 1986. This film series was at all time high and it wasn’t until 2003 that another sequel was released however, Cameron wasn’t involved with that film or any other film in the series until 2019. 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” was a pretty solid film, 2009’s “Terminator: Salvation” was underwhelming despite having some good action sequences and 2015’s “Terminator: Genesis” was a massive disappointment. I will be posting my full review on 2019’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” later today or tomorrow for sure.
Overall, “T2” has stood the test of time and remains one of few sequels that are better than previous films. “Empire Strikes Back”, “The Godfather Part 2”, “The Dark Knight”, “Spider Man 2”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” & “Blade 2” have surpassed their previous films and “T2” was no different. Arguably, the best action movie of the 1990s.