Terminator 2 Judgment Day Extreme DVD starring Arnold Schwarzenegger Linda Hamilton Edward Furlong Robert Patrick Earl Boen - Excellent Movie by garyp900


									    Terminator 2 - Judgment Day
   (Extreme DVD) starring Arnold
  Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton,
 Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl

                    A Nice Addition For The Terminator Fans!

 Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as The Terminator in this explosive
action-adventure spectacle. Now hes one of the good guys, sent back in
time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters
of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, Johns
mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her
warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, t he
threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy - the T-1000, the
most lethal Terminator ever created. Co- written, produced and directed by
James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic), this visual tour de force
is also a touching human story of survival.

I got blasted for pretty much panning Cameron's 1984 `The Terminator'. I
was crucified to put it nicely. It's funny, because I still feel the same way.
It's a film that just doesn't hold up well as the years have come and gone.
Cameron's 1991 sequel, a film that I nearly didn't see because of my
feelings on the '84 film, is drastically different. Thanks to
recommendations from friends I finally took the time to check this one out,
and I have to say that it totally blows the first film out of the water in ALL
AREAS. You see, I attacked `The Terminator', not only for its graphics
(yes, they were great for the time and paved the way, but the don't impress
now, at all) but also for the density of the story and the acting (I over
praised Hamilton; definitely reaching for something to praise).
I don't know if I have enough praise for this film though.

The acting (even from the Schwarzenegger) is leaps and bounds better
than the '84 film (even if young Furlong has his moments of cringe inducing
overacting) and the graphics are nearly as good as things we see today (I
prefer these graphics to Cameron's overrated mess of an `Avatar'), but it is
the depth of story that really impresses me the most here. This film
doesn't feel like your average action junkie film. It has a beating heart, and
while the whole idea of man being mans worst enemy has been explored
many times (two years before this film Cameron expressed similar feelings
in `The Abyss'), it is a subject that lends itself to many variations and thus
has a long shelf life.

The film picks up YEARS af ter the first left off. Sarah has gone crazy (or
so the government would have you believe) and has been locked up. Her
son, John, is living with neglectful (or maybe they are just tired) foster
parents. The Terminator returns, except this time he is not the savage
killer he was initially. In the future, John has rewired him to be his
protector, and he ventures to rescue John from an advanced killing
machine sent to destroy him.

Madness ensues.

The underlying morale of violence and it's claws in huma nity are
embellished in many ways, from the overlaying plot regarding the future
and the machines, to John's own views of The Terminator's knack for
killing to his simple yet powerful observation at a gas station ("we're not
going to make it, are we?"). The film really understands how to rise above
its own genre, creating something truly powerful within all the explosions
and bloodshed.

I kind of attacked Arnold for his lack of acting skills, and while some
protested that that was the way he was supposed to play it, I still kind his
performance in the first film to be rather ridiculous (but a lot of that was the
script). It's amazing what a little brain power can pull off. With the
advanced script work, this particular performance reaches all new heights.
Arnold, while still awkward and unintentionally comical, carries a human
heart here, slowly learning how to adjust to the human world. Robert
Patrick makes a better villain than Arnold (and thus Arnold makes a much
better `protector' than `terminator'). He has the suave viciousness needed
to make him less robotic (he is an advanced model). I mentioned already
that Furlong has his moments of `ouch', but he also has many moments
that work. He is surely the films weakest link, but I won't fault him too
much. He works (and his work in 1998's `American History X' is sheer
genius and proves that he had the talent).

Linda Hamilton is a goddess here. She grapples EVERYTHING to
perfection. I don't truly understand why so many consider her a supporting
actress here though. Some may argue that the machines (the terminators)
are the leading characters, but that's like saying Shia LaBeouf is
supporting in `Transformers' because the main characters are the
transformers. Anyways, no matter where you put her, she deserves to be
somewhere. I didn't think that anyone could knock the `Thelma and
Louise' ladies from the top of my ballot, but Hamilton has done it. The way
she balances the macho with the insane with the tenderness is just
astonishing. She never f linches in her delivery, proving to transcend the
genre and just deliver brilliance.

This may be taking a lot of you by surprise (it has me) but I tend to believe
this may be the perfect action film and surely one of the best ever made.
With heart, soul and a TON of fantastic action sequences (the initial chase
scene, through the mall, on the street, OMG), this film is a must see, not
just for the action junkie, but for the film lover in us all!

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