Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The Top 63 Marathon, part 23

Title: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Year: 1991
Length: 152 minutes
Director: James Cameron
Writers: James Cameron & William Wisher Jr.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Music: Brad Fiedel
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Sound; Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Editing; currently #41 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: an unstoppable, time-traveling robot tries to kill a bratty kid
How I saw it: on video many times, most recently (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Bad.
Story: Bad.
Characters: Indifferent. Sarah Connor’s kind of awesome in this movie. Every other character is crap.
Dialog: Terrible.
Pacing: Bad.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Good. It gets the job done, but I don’t think there’s a single special effect shot in this movie that isn’t shouting, “Check out these awesome special effects!”
Acting: Good. But nowhere near good enough to pull off the horrendous dialog.
Music: Bad.
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh). A corny, boring mess. The first hour or so is stupid fun, with some good bad-assery. Then they go into the desert to get in touch with their feelings (which they don’t really have, since one of them is a robot and the other is a James Cameron character). The action in the third act is okay, but not good enough to wake me up.  I just don’t get what people see in this – it’s by far the worst of the three Terminator movies I’ve seen.
Objective Rating: 1.6/4 (Eh).


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