Science fiction and fantasy
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
directed by James Cameron
Made from an advanced liquid metal alloy, the T-1000 can disguise itself as anyone it touches, and form knives from its hands. This means that there are some pretty impressive special effects, at least for the time, as this terminator shapeshifts and moves through walls and other obstacles. The road chases are also noteworthy, not only for their edge-of-the-seat action, but also because of the scale of the destruction. They look very expensive.
Linda Hamilton puts in a memorable performance as the fierce and troubled Sarah Connor. But perhaps the most interesting relationship in the movie is between the young John Connor and the terminator robot. Robbed of a father figure, he latches on to the T-101, and even tries to teach it a few things about human compassion and mannerisms.
As well as battling to protect John, the Connors take the fight to Cyberdyne Systems in an attempt to prevent Skynet from ever being built. Never mind that if they succeed then the Terminators would never be built, never be sent back through time, and the future war would never happen. The time paradox is a minor technicality. The story instead concentrates on the flaws of human nature that make the development of ever more destructive technologies almost inevitable.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day features some astonishingly dramatic scenes as it works towards its climax, not to mention more than its fair share of catchy one-liners. James Cameron's sense of timing can't be faulted. Although Robert Patrick's T-1000 doesn't have the physical presence of Schwarzenegger's terminator, its resilience and single-minded persistence make it just as terrifying. Burn it, freeze it, pump it full of bullets, and still it comes back for more.
This movie looks great, and has no shortage of visual excitement. It takes a fantastic premise and infuses it with a meaning that's relevant to our times. The result is a film with a lot more heart than the vast majority of high-octane blockbusters.
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