Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D – Movie Review


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Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D

 

Directed by: James Cameron

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick

 

Rated: R

Run Time: 2h 17min

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4 Frames out of 5

By: Shari K. Green

 

I love this film.  Easily one of the best sequels ever, I have always loved Terminator 2 and I always will.  Nothing will ever take away from my amusement of watching T2 but something can always add to it if it doesn’t change the plot and, surprisingly enough, that was just done.  It’s now released in 3D… which certainly added to the fun I originally experienced.

When I heard that it was being released at the theatre again I was all for going to see it in the way it was meant to be seen.

It was state-of-the-art at the time it came out and having seen the first one so many times, I couldn’t wait.  I’ll never forget the first time viewing it.  T2 ended up being even better than I thought it would be, all things considered.  Sequels can disappoint, that’s for sure.  As it turns out, I was so thrilled by the movie that I even remember where I was and who I was with when I saw it; it’s just that good.  It was so captivating to see this on the big screen.  The T1000 (Patrick) is such an evil character.  He’s bigger than life, seemingly unstoppable, assaulting and murdering anyone who gets in the way of his ultimate goal.  That goal is to kill the innocent young John Connor (Furlong) who tries to stop his future from ever being.

It was so captivating to see this on the big screen.  The T1000 (Patrick) is such an evil character.  He’s bigger than life, seemingly unstoppable, assaulting and murdering anyone who gets in the way of his ultimate goal.  That goal is to kill the innocent young John Connor (Furlong) who tries to stop his future from ever being.

Sarah Connor (Hamilton), is in a mental institution and John lives with foster parents who he doesn’t very much care for.  They feel the same for him but so like the check they get every month.  He’s a little hoodlum but with no real direction and knowing his mother is insane, what future is there for him?  I never really noticed before what a baby face he had!  then again, 1991 wasn’t yesterday, no matter how much I’d like to think time has stopped and I’ll somehow make it through.  In fact, looking at everyone’s face, I’m reminded of the ticking clock that hangs above us all.  I digress.  In the first movie, Schwarzenegger is a Cyborg sent from the future to kill Sarah, thus stopping John from ever being born.  This time, he is a familiar face sent back in time to save John.  The characters are well defined and the performances outstanding; especially those of Robert Patrick and Linda Hamilton.  She was so buff you would not want to run into her in a dark alley.  I truly forgot how amazingly well this film was put together.

I must stress that watching this action feature at the theatre is really the only way to see it.  I have popped in the DVD before but now it’s at the theatre again and in 3D!  You have to go see it… especially if you’ve never seen the movie at all.  The 3D doesn’t shoot out at you or anything.  It doesn’t necessarily pop much but since it wasn’t originally shot that way, it does have its limits but this glorious, almost perfect science fiction classic is much more vivid this way.  Some scenes are more animated or more striking, the colors are brighter, explosions are bigger and the experience simply better.

It was such a joy watching this masterpiece again and hearing the music again, too.  Why the saga didn’t just end here is a shock to me.  How Cameron orchestrated such a sublime tale in the first place is beyond my comprehension but in two films, The Terminator and T2, he created the devastating world of Cyborg vs. Human.  We were frightened by it, by the possibilities of such a reality, and our imaginations ran wild with the storyline.  However, T2 ends exactly how it should have ended; splendidly and with hope.  Near perfection.  Imagine if it had been made today!  One can only speculate how good it would be but it would be hard to imagine it being better.

Go see this again or for the first time as soon as you can.  By the way, I can’t imagine going through your day to day if you haven’t seen this yet.  Have you seen it??  If you’re of movie watching age, and your answer to that question is, ‘No.’, you should, right now, be ashamed of yourself so rectify that today!!

I’ll make it easy for you.  Here are the links for you to find T2 3D at a theatre near you:  http://www.terminator2-3d.com/

 


About Shari K. Green

Shari became fascinated by films when at the age of seven she saw a movie being made in front of her house. As a teenager she immersed herself in the culture of film working on stage and then became a cinephile, working in a video store. Since then she expanded into film criticism writing for the last eight years and she has now written, directed and produced several short films and is currently working on a feature film project with her production company, Good Stew Productions, which she created with a few of her friends. Her favorite movies are “The Big Chill” and “Lonely Boy” and she enjoys watching Woody Allen films above all others.

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