TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
Director: James Cameron
Screenwriters: James Cameron and William Wisher
Runtime: 137 mins.
Australian release date: 24 August 2017
Previewed at: Hoyts Cinemas, Broadway, Sydney, on 10 August 2017.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered the immortal words, “I’ll be back!’ in The Terminator it can be assumed he didn’t realize how prescient his words would be, but of course he did return in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Now he’s back once more, albeit for a limited season, and this time he’s in 3D. The good news is the Terminator has stood the test of time, for Schwarzenegger fills the screen not only with his physique but also with his captivating deadpan expression.
Continuing on from the original The Terminator, also directed by James Cameron, we learn that Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) has been confined to a mental institution for her conviction that mankind is facing an impending nuclear disaster. She manages to escape and link up with the now ‘good’ Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who’s been sent back from the future to protect her son, John (Edward Furlong), the leader-to-be of the human resistance in the battle against the machines. The trio forms a ‘family’ and John re-programs the Terminator so that he doesn’t terminate, merely maims, his victims. They are pursued by the ‘bad’ Terminator T-1000, who’s made of liquid metal that can morph into any shape when necessary, before resuming its original form (Robert Patrick).
The story and SFX stand the test of time and the action remains as tight and visually exciting as when it first graced our screens. Re-viewing Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a positive experience and releasing it in 3D is a clever way of introducing the current generation of film-goers to an early science fiction series that can be seen as a benchmark for the many movie franchises that appeared in subsequent years. Arnold Schwarzenegger still comes across as the leader of the pack and when he says the famous phrase “Hasta la vista, baby,” you can feel a wave of nostalgia envelop older members of the audience. What could be more fun than that?