• Terminator 2: Judgement Day (3 D) Movie Review

    Johnson ThomasMumbaiSep 15, 2017, 13:20 IST

    Arnold Schwarzenegger in a still from 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day (3 D)
    Arnold Schwarzenegger in a still from 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day (3 D)

    'Terminator 2: Judgement Day (3 D)'
    Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton
    Director: James Cameron
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    The future is now and with it’s new-fangled 3D effects Terminator 2 appears to have gained some in-your-face action but lost pivotal and prophetic immediacy in the bargain. When released in 1991, it seemed like the future as described in the film could well happen sometime soon-given the geo-political climate of that time and the fictional Skynet’s portentous threat to human life. But 1997 has come and gone and even in 2017 there has been no sign of a nuclear holocaust ( in real life)to pave the way for a world ruled by machines. Cyborgs are still a wild imagining and most elements of sci-fi cinema still appear to be a far way off in the coming. James Cameron’s fictional world though, has enough bite to make you sit through it all. This is also definitely one of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron’s most entertaining and engaging sci-fi thrillers.

    The first Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, was sent back from the future to kill Connor’s pregnant mother (Linda Hamilton)- a failed mission it was. The young man was born and Terminator 2 took birth. So now two Terminators come down- a good one played by Schwarzenegger sent to protect John Connor (Eddie Furlong), a wild street kid, being raised in a foster home because his birth mother (Hamilton) is a prisoner in a mental hospital - and a near invincible bad one, T-1000 (Robert Patrick) made out of a newly invented liquid metal, whose mission is to destroy him. They look like humans but are made of high-tech materials and have a computer for a brain. These are machines of the future but the young anointed leader of the human resistance is not an easy kill even for them.

    If you can overlook the confusing timelines and concentrate only on the 3D accented thriller aspects, there’s still purchase to be had here. The narrative still holds your attention for it’s emotional detailing. The young fatherless boy sees his cyborg protector as his father figure and they form a sort of family unit once his mother is rescued from the asylum. From the opening chase scene to the special effects it’s a beautifully executed sci-fi extravaganza that takes you through the usual car chases, explosions and standard fight scenes alongside the explosive ideation that sets it way apart from the run-of-the-mill. This version also appears to be a director’s cut with 10-12 minutes of extra footage added on and it all fits in quite well. It’s still way too much fun and thrills than the average thriller!

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