Film Review – TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991; USA; Technicolor; 137m) ∗∗∗∗½  d. James Cameron; w. James Cameron, William Wisher Jr.; ph. Adam Greenberg; m. Brad Fiedel.  Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Earl Boen, Joe Morton, Xander Berkeley, Jenette Goldstein, S. Epatha Merkerson, Castulo Guerra, Danny Cooksey, Leslie Hamilton Gearren, Peter Schrum, Ken Gibbel, Robert Winley. The cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor is dead, and another T-101 must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from an even more powerful and advanced Terminator, the T-1000. Spectacular action and ground-breaking visual effects in this high-budget sequel. Additions include a new T-1000 Terminator in the form of Patrick with Arnie the protector this time. A nice twist sees Hamilton almost become a terminator herself. Elongated finale is breathtaking. Won four Oscars for Best Sound (Tom Johnson, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Lee Orloff); Sound Effects Editing (Gary Rydstrom, Gloria S. Borders); Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Gene Warren Jr., Robert Skotak) and Makeup (Stan Winston, Jeff Dawn). Also released in extended versions at 152m and 154m. Followed by TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003). [15]