Never underestimate the magic of seeing a classic film on the big screen; it can be a film that you’ve seen a million and one times, but all it takes is one cinema viewing to take you straight back to that first time. Every inch of charm and beauty on full display, ready for you to share with your fellow cinema goers having the same experience. Yes, it’s a truly wonderful thing, and something that plenty will be feeling tonight when they get to witness James Cameron’s 1991 action masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgement Day in all it’s cinematic glory.
You know the story; following their failed attempt to take out Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of future resistance leader John Connor, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) is sent back in time to destroy the saviour, while in his teen years (Edward Furlong). A Terminator identical to the one that tried to kill his mother (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back too, this time with the objective of protecting the future hero, and to prevent Judgement Day from ever taking place.
Terminator 2 is one of this films that’s just as good as everyone says it is; whichever cut you watch, it’s oozing with merit. James Cameron may be doing our heads in these days with talks of unwanted Avatar sequels and ridiculously weird comments regarding Wonder Woman, but in his prime, he truly had something special going. He knew how to shoot action better than everyone at the time. T2 is one of the most thrilling action films ever made, carefully crafted to be one of the most extraordinary action experiences of all time. The cinematography is an absolute treat to look at, combined with incredible set pieces, an amazing score by Brad Fiedel and excellent stunt work, all coming together for the essential experience.
Terminator 2 is the definition of a fantastic sequel. The first film is a certified classic, but T2 aims to go bigger and better in every way. It advances the story in a natural and exciting way, that doesn’t at all feel forced or like it stretches for the sake of making a sequel. And with this new plot, it lends itself to bigger set pieces, better special effects and great character development. A lot of people complain about Edward Furlong’s whiny John Connor, but it’s hardly noticeable compared to the excellent performances surrounding him,such as Arnie with his simple yet iconic take on the classic character, and Robert Patrick makes for an intimidating villain. But it’s Linda Hamilton who stands out with her second outing as Sarah Connor; she brings so much to the character following her experience in the first film. She’s hardened by the experience, tougher and more prepared to take on this threat. On top of that, she does incredibly well at the more intimate scenes between her and son John, creating a deep yet complicated bond between the characters.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is iconic for a reason; it’s a gripping, exciting, emotional, expertly made action masterpiece that transcends it’s genre and achieves so many great heights. Beyond being an exceptional action film, an exceptional sci-fi films, and an exceptional sequel, it’s just an exceptional film full stop, and it is an amazing experience to see it on the big screen, in glorious 3D
Terminator 2 screens tonight in 3D!