“I’ll be back.” And 25 years later, he was.
What goes around comes around and in this case, it’s the 90s! We’ve had comeback concerts by a number of 90s artists over the last year and now it’s film’s turn. Prepare yourself – put on your best flannel shirt or black jeans & white t-shirt combo, turn up Guns n Roses on the CD player and get yourself some Dunkaroos to snack on – then get ready for what is arguably one of the best action/ science fiction films and definitely one of the best sequels of all time.
Originally released in 1991, it was the most expensive movie made at the time and still made a massive profit at the box office while also winning a slew of awards, in particular for the make-up, effects and editing.
For those who haven’t seen it, it follows from the original Terminator film where John Connor starts the resistance to fight Skynet, a network of machines that has taken over the planet. Skynet senses it will lose and sends a terminator back in time to prevent John Connor’s birth, so John also sends a soldier back in time to stop the terminator.
In Terminator 2, Skynet tries again to kill John Connor by sending a better version of the terminator, played by Robert Patrick, to kill John as a child. John sends a reprogrammed, older model of terminator (the original from the first film, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to protect himself and his mother. Meanwhile, back in time, his mother, Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, has been hospitalised as no one believes her stories about murderous machines. The scene where she attempts escape, to be confronted by the original terminator, her shock and horror of it and confusion when he then says, “Come with me if you want to live” is just brilliant.
There are car chase scenes galore, amazingly futuristic weaponry and brilliant computer imagery, even for the time, which has now also been restored and updated and formatted for 3D. The story is still remarkably current, as even now we move into a future where more and more computers and machines are taking over – is this going to end well?
On at Hoyts Cinemas from Thursday 24th August for one week only – don’t wait another 25 years!
Rating out of 10: 9
Check out the official site here.