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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  Terminator 2: Judgment Day  Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
7.80 /10
Arnold Schwarzenegger , Linda Hamilton , Edward Furlong
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Directed by: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron, William Wisher

Released: 1991
Origin: US
Length: 135


A lumbering, obsolescent cyborg from the future (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent back to our present to save an all-important child (Edward Furlong) from a state-of-the-art assassin (Robert Patrick).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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James Cameronís best movie, Schwarzenegger's finest 136 minutes, and one of the great Science Fiction films. Inventive chases, breathtaking stunts and truly special effects co-exist with believable performances, funny jokes and an exciting, though broken-backed, story. Itís really two films in one, and thereís a stretch in the middle where a whole new plot has to be set up. However, thatís no bad thing, since it gives us time for a breather before the final, climactic half-hour.
There is, of course, a measure of hypocrisy in any film which preaches the virtues of peace in so violent a fashion. The movie may poke fun at the machismo of which Schwarzenegger is so endearing an embodiment, but there are less comfortable moments when it endorses the testosterone-crazed ethos which it is pretending to deride. The writers also try to have it both ways when they castigate technology at the same time as celebrating it. Like most action films of its period, it is needlessly violent, but the script is surprisingly intelligent : as a result, the movie even looks good on the small screen.
Reviews of Terminator 2 ranged from mixed to favourable. Younger critics were noticeably more enthusiastic, but even most of the filmís detractors recognized that it had merits.

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