Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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Genre: Science-fiction
Photography: Color
Running Time: 137 minutes (theatrical cut)
152 minutes (extended cut)
Country: United States
Release Date: July 3, 1991 (United States)
Directed by: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron
William Wisher Jr.
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton
Robert Patrick
Edward Furlong
Previous film: The Terminator
Next film: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 science-fiction action film directed and written by James Cameron. It is the second film in the Terminator series, and most subsequent entries in the franchise, including films and the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, follow up on the events of this film.

An extended cut that restores 15 minutes of deleted scenes, was released to LaserDisc and VHS in November 1993 and has since been included in subsequent home video releases. In addition, the film was re-released in 3D on August 25, 2017; this version of the film was released on Blu-ray on December 2017.


After the events of The Terminator, Skynet sends a more advanced liquid metal Terminator capable of shapeshifting, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), to assassinate ten year old John Connor (Edward Furlong). In response, the future John Connor sends a reprogrammed T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to protect his past self.

Why it Rocks

  1. Succeeds in turning the Terminator, one of the most terrifying villains in movie history, into a heroic character.
  2. Brilliant casting choices.
  3. Memorable characters.
  4. CGI effects that were considered revolutionary at the time, and still look amazing today.
  5. In addition to the CGI effects, most of the film's practical effects, such as the T-800's animatronics and makeup, also look excellent, and are a big step up from the first film's special effects.
  6. Excellent storyline.
  7. Great acting.
  8. Lots of iconic scenes and memorable dialogue.
  9. Awesome soundtrack from Brad Fiedel. The movie also featured "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood & The Destroyers and "You Could Be Mine" by Guns N' Roses.
  10. Amazing action scenes, whether it involves the T-800 fighting the T-1000, or defeating the police without killing any of them!
  11. Has a more hopeful and optimistic feeling than the first film.
  12. Inspired a Universal Studios theme park attraction, Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time that was also very innovative.
  13. It spawned the famous "Hasta La Vista, Baby" Quote
  14. One of the most emotional endings, specially for a movie about robots.


Critical reception

The movie has received widespread critical acclaim, with a 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 80 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5 out of 10. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars, saying "The key element in any action picture, I think, is a good villain Terminator 2 has one, along with an intruging hero and fierce heroine, and a young boy who is played by Furlong with guts and energy. Owen Gliebermann of Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+, saying "The movie is a great big feast of wreckage. But that's also what makes it a bit numbing. Dave Kehr of the Chicago Tribune called it "a good summer movie". On Metacritic, it has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 22 critics. It is also considered by many to be better than the first film; on IMDB, it has a rating of 8.5 out of 10, in comparison to the first movie's 8 out of 10 rating.

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times gave the movie 4 out of 4 stars.


The movie won five Saturn Awards, namely Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress (for Linda Hamilton), Best Direction (for James Cameron), Best Performance by a Younger Actor (for Edward Furlong), and Best Special Effects (for Stan Winston, ILM, Fantasy II, and 4 Ward Productions). It also won four Academy Awards; Best Make Up (for Stan Winston and Jeff Dawn), Best Sound (for Tom Johnson, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers and Lee Orloff), Best Sound Editing (for Gary Rydstrom and Gloria S. Borders), and Best Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Gene Warren Jr. and Robert Skotak), not to mention winning the 1992 MTV Movie Awards for Best Movie, among others.


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