“Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger sequel directed by James Cameron, has been given a 3D re-release. I won’t review it in 3D, because it wouldn’t make any difference, but I can give you my review of it as it is. And to be honest with you, I think “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” is my favorite “Terminator” movie.
The year is 2029, most of the human race has been wiped, and Terminators are controlled by Skynet. The very few humans left alive are part of a resistance group to destroy the machines. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is the leader of the resistance, and has been preparing her son John (Edward Furlong) for what was yet to come on August 29, 1997.
The Terminator (Schwarzenegger) has been reprogrammed travel back to 1995 to protect John. But traveling back in time to kill John is a shapeshifting terminator known as the T-1000 model (Robert Patrick), who disguises himself as a cop. And whoever it copies, dies by its hands.
Meanwhile, Sarah has been sent to a mental institution, after trying to blow up a computer factory to save the future. Those scenes irritate me, but at least, they’re well-acted, and the escape scene is thrilling.
“Terminator 2: Judgement Day” is wild entertaining in the ways it expands the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator’s horizons, as well as allowing the young John Connor to help him find sly wit and human affection. Furlong is a charmer as the kid; Hamilton shines again as Sarah; and Patrick explodes at the T-1000 model. The special effects and stunts are mind-blowing, the images are great, the story is risky, and James Cameron brings it all together.