492. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Background info

492-terminator-2Title: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Director: James Cameron
Year: 1991
Run time: 2hrs 17m

“Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he’s one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John’s mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalised for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy – the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created.”

Live blog

2:52 – Already, the effects are a million times better. Phew.
5:49 – Terminator coming out of the flames at the end of the credits, not terrifying at all. Nuh uh. Eek!
9:56 – The trouble with motorcycle gear is that uncomfortable leather squeak.
14:06 – The kid from Big has gone rogue!
17:54 – The photo!
18:32 – Still no helmets on all these bikers.
24:17 – Bah. You make improvement and it’s still not enough. I’d get rage too.
28:28 – Arnold’s rifle makes much better sounds than the piddly pistol.
29:25 – That guy just stood by watching and taking pictures. Not a new phenomenon at all.
32:47 – Pretty epic chase scene. The truck off the bridge. Arnie’s reloading skills.
37:22 – So many lines for Arnie this time.
43:47 – John Connor’s drunk with power.
48:47 – What? How can it be the floor?
56:59 – “Come with me if you want to live.” YES!
59:09 – The slithery Terminator dude just reminds me of Alex Mac.
1:12:21 – She has a secret bunker!
1:13:19 – Take away the cigarette and she looks just like Lara.
1:15:23 – Totally associating with the Terminator here. “Why do you cry?”
1:19:54 – Wow, that is kick-ass Connor!
1:31:21 – That’s a different kind of written authorisation.
1:31:38 – Love that gaffa tape is the child’s weapon of choice.
1:41:36 – Seems really handy to have your own Terminator around. I want one.
1:49:51 – Oh god, that’s a helicopter crash I couldn’t even have dreamt of.
1:56:11 – Ugh, why do they have to keep on coming back?

Conclusions

Neither of us had realised there’s a new entry in the Terminator series coming soon, but after watching the trailer to Genisys, we realised we had some work to do to catch up. I watched the first film a long time ago, Film Watch #25, and although I liked the film, some dodgy CGI ruined it for me. We watched that one again before moving on to this, the second.

Mr C suggested this was one of his favourite films, but hadn’t seen it for a while and hoped it lived up to the hype. I think it did. It’s certainly one of the few sequels that is a million times better than the original – although you need the first to know what’s going on in the second. I really like the new Terminator, and his progression through learning how to be more human. His relationship with John Connor is great, and the end actually made me tearful.

Sarah Connor is so much better in this one, a fabulous lead, and Sigourney-esque in her kick-ass nature. The film itself was good, a bit too long and jeez the serial killer style of always coming back one or two more times at the end does get old. I missed the time travel references, there’s not much except the brief conversation under the car. There were also a few story elements that confused me and didn’t quite make sense, but never mind. It made up for it in action sequences and some genuine jaw-dropping moments. Plus the CGI was so much better, I had zero complaints on that front.

Rating: 5/5.

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