Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.
|Release Date||:||July 1, 1991|
|Genres||:||Action, Thriller, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Lightstorm Entertainment, Pacific Western, Canal+, Carolco Pictures, T2 Productions|
|Production Countries||:||France, United States of America|
|Director||:||James Cameron, Joyce King, Terry Miller, Barry K. Thomas, Trudy Ramirez, Grant Gilmore|
|Writers||:||William Wisher Jr., James Cameron|
|Casts||:||Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, Joe Morton, S. Epatha Merkerson, Castulo Guerra, Danny Cooksey, Jenette Goldstein, Xander Berkeley, Michael Edwards, Ken Gibbel, Robert Winley, Pete Schrum, Don Lake, Richard Vidan, Jim Palmer, Don Stanton, Dan Stanton, Colin Patrick Lynch, Nikki Cox, DeVaughn Nixon, Tony Simotes, Abdul Salaam El Razzac, Mike Muscat, Dean Norris, Charles A. Tamburro, Terrence Evans, Denney Pierce, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Van Ling, Gerard G. Williams, Martin DeLuca, Scott Shaw, Joel Kramer, Richard Ruskin, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Randy Walker, William Wisher Jr.|
|Plot Keywords||:||cyborg, shotgun, post-apocalyptic, dystopia, moral ambiguity, woman with gun, mental institution, violence, fictional war, two way mirror, morphing, nuclear weapons, shape shifter, liquid metal, savior, catch phrase|
A Terminator(Arnold Schwarzenegger) was sent from the future to kill the unborn son of Sarah Connor(Linda Hamilton) in the original. Now, that Terminator has been sent back again but with a different assignment: Protect John Connor. John Connor(Edward Furlong) is now about 10 years of age and must evade a new Terminator sent to kill him;The T-1000(Robert Patrick). Sarah, John, and The Terminator journey together on their quest to stop Judgement Day, with a trailing, shape-shifting Termiantor trailing from behind.
This is the greatest of the Terminator trilogy. I have watched three times in the past year and have not found anything that Cameron could have improved on. The move is a masterpiece in every aspect of film. Schwarzenegger's acting might not be incredible but this is the perfect role for him. He isn't supposed to show emotion or feelings. He is a machine. I hate almost every one of his movies besides this trilogy because he is a horrible actor but he works perfectly into this role.
The special effects are incredible beyond belief. The shape-shifting T-1000 is some of the greatest animation I have witnessed in cinema history. It absolutely blew my mind when I first experienced this visual extravaganza. The animation looked so real(remembering this was a good ten years). The movie included fast-paced action along with some clever sci-fi drama/horror. The idea of a vast army of machines taking over the world after sending off warheads to every major city should be scary enough. But the T-1000 has very little lines and is just creepy enough to make twitch when you see him.
Sci-fi movies can rarely be made in such way that can be looked at as works of art. This is one of the few exceptions. The prediction of judgment day with Hamilton watching a playground full of kids be burnt to the ground is an absolute brilliant portrayal of Armageddon. The theme that men will destroy themselves is also shown throughout the movie also and is even said by The Terminator" It's in your nature to destroy yourselves". This brings the movie to a whole new level of sci-fi.
Overall, Termiantor II: Judgement Day is an absolute must see classic. If you have not seen it, buy it! Because once you have seen it, you will want to do so anyways. It is fast paced and highly enjoyable for just about every audience.
I highly recommend this movie.