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Terminator 2: Judgement Day

by

Roger Davidson

Terminator 2: Judgement Day
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The box-office sequel to the box-office original, this is one of the few cases were part 2 is better than part 1. Better story, better character development, better action and of course, better special effects. Arnold returns as the Terminator. This time, there is a bit of role reversal. Instead of being the villain, Arnold is now the protector of young John Connor (a spunky performance by Edward Furlong), the future leader of the rebellion against the terminators. The bad guy in this one is the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a "liquid" terminator. This guy is even badder and more ruthless in his pursuits, than Arnold's character was in the first film. Linda Hamilton returns from the first film, as Furlong's mother, this time much tougher and strong-willed and stopping at nothing to protect her son from Patrick. When the two terminators clash, all hell breaks loose!

You may want to hold on to your seats with this one. The special effects are still unsurpassed, as is the action. This is without a doubt, still one of Arnold's best and most well-known action thrillers. Hamilton is extremely good, disproving the criticisms about Schwarzenegger vehicles being sexist towards women. On the contrary, I'd say the opposite. Hamilton is a strong, intelligent and quick-witted female, compared to some of the males in this film. Furlong offers a strong debut performance, showing the same traits in his character as Hamilton does in hers. And Patrick makes one of the best screen bad guys ever, as the evil-eyed, stone cold killing machine: A hunter that stops at nothing to hunt down and kill its prey. It's pure thrills!

My Rating = Four Stars


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