Film Frequencies’ Genre Appreciation Week: Time Travel Films #3 Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Pardon the delay, we will post 2 today…but now on to Terminator 2. Much thought and debate has gone about whether I should choose 1 or 2. On principle? Terminator started it all, and I should give credit where credit is due. But, in the summer of 1991, when I sat down at the local theater in Chesterfield Missouri, to witness Terminator 2, my world was turned completely upside down. James Cameron has done the (near) impossible and created a sequel, that’s better than it’s predecessor. The effects, alone, are still copied and utilized today, which still don’t look half as great as they did then! If you’re honestly not familiar with the story, I think you should walk into oncoming traffic, but I’ll explain anyway. John Connor is the savior of the human race, after a cataclysmic explosion that destroys civilization, machines rise from the ashes and begin protocols towards the extinction of man. John Connor is the leader that gives humans hope, to fight again. With the machines knowing that? They send a terminator back in time to kill John, as a boy. John, sends a machine back in time to protect his young self. A film that has so much action and splendor, yet so much heart and meaning, Terminator is a staple in pop culture, that action fans, sci fi fans, and film fans enjoy immensely. The concept of the liquid metal T-1000 is so fascinating and suspenseful. After the first battle in the L.A. Mall, you immediately are hooked, worried about how they are going to beat this thing! The performances all around are fantastic, even from a wooden Schwarzenegger, he still has the ability to give the T-800 character and depth.Edward Furlong’s performance, as young John Connor was solid. Robert Patrick is menacing as the T-1000, and empowering females everywhere…will always remember the first shot of the tough Linda Hamilton and the importance she played in the film. James Cameron, whom i’ve forgiven for the beautiful but endlessly pointless, Avatar, has created one of the best action films of all time, behind Die Hard and Hard Boiled. Overall? If you haven’t seen it, yet? I hate you. Otherwise, our number 3 choice, not in numerical order…Terminator 2: Judgement Day. #2 will be up shortly, as well.