Monday, 4 April 2011

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The basics
‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ is the sequel to the ‘The Terminator’ and is an American film made in 1991. It was directed by James Cameron and Written by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. this film is about humanity, the fear of future, technology,   action, chase scenes, guns and family. It also has good bit of humour in there as well.
What is this film about?
At the beginning of this film we get to see what happens on judgment day and what the world turns into as the wars wages on between humanity and the machines .The first line in this film is narrated by Sarah Connor over this grim outlook of the future.  This line does the job for me in this part and because I don’t think I could say it any better than Sarah Connor I will let her fill in this part for me. Take it away Sarah……
Sarah Connor: [narrating] 3 billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two Terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, my son. The first Terminator was programmed to strike at me in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The second was set to strike at John himself when he was still a child. As before, the resistance was able to send a lone warrior, a protector for John. It was just a question of which one of them would reach him first.
My views on it
After I watch this film I tried to think why I love it so much. Is it for the action? No. don’t get me wrong the action scenes in this film are epic and there is a lot of them which is good but you can get the same amount of action in ‘xXx 2: The Next Level’ (no as good action as ‘Terminator 2’ I may add) and does this make that a good film? Not at all.
The thing I love about this film has to be the humour behind it. The humour comes from the relationship that the Terminator (aka T-800/Arnold Schwarzenegger) has with John Connor. In this the Terminator has to look after john and at the same time do whatever he says. As the story goes on John try to teach the Terminator humanity and how to act normal but this is coming from a young teenager whose life is pretty messed up. For example early on in the film one of John’s instructions to the Terminator is to not kill. So when they come across a guard that hasn’t done anything wrong besides stopping getting through a gate, instead of killing this innocent man he chooses to shot him in both of his legs. He then turns to John and says ‘He'll live’ as if he done the right thing. Another example is later on in the film John try’s to teach him how to talk normally and in this case by using bad early 90’s slang.   
All in all this an awesome film and I can’t think of a better action film that came out of the 90’s.
Favourite Quote
The Terminator: Chill out, dickwad.
Rating 5/5