Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, USA) C-137m. SCOPE *** D: James Cameron. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, Earl Boen, Xander Berkeley. Sequel to the 1984 hit THE TERMINATOR cannot match the film's originality, but tops it in terms of effects. Hamilton's nemesis from the first film returns after some ten years - not to destroy her, but to protect her from ultra-sophisticated android designed to kill her son and pave the way for the domination of the machines thirty years in the future. Big-scale tomfoolery, with some gigantic action set-pieces and startling (Oscar-winning) special effects, which make the film worth watching, though its shortcomings are hard to overlook (awkward comic relief, a much too cocky Furlong, and a sudden voice-over narration by Hamilton, which starts rather late). Cameron coscripted and coproduced this massive box-office success. Score by Brad Fiedel. The awesome liquid metal effects are by Stan Winston. Later released on video and DVD as T2: ULTIMATE EDITION and T2: EXTREME EDITION, which feature almost 20 minutes of deleted scenes.


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