Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1992)

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day teamed James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Linda Hamilton together again in what is arguably the greatest action movie ever. For those that don’t know, in the original Terminator, a cyborg from the future is sent back to modern times to kill Sarah Connor who will give birth to John Connor. The latter is supposed to help the humans defeat the machines in the future.

This time around, a cyborg identical to the one sent to kill her is sent back again with a different mission: To protect Sarah Connor from a new cyborg sent back to kill her now teenage son, John Connor. What makes the sequel so incredible is the back-and-forth battles between the T-800, played by Schwarzenegger, and the T-1000, played by Robert Patrick. The T-1000 is superior is just about every way except maybe strength but it’s the T-800’s willpower that helps Connor escape death over and over.

For younger moviegoers, they may not realize the special effects breakthroughs that T2 achieved. After all, at the time of its release, it’s $102 million budget was the largest in history. It was worth it. The film was the first to use natural human motion special effects for a computer-generated character (the T-1000) as well as the first to have a computer-generated main character (although Schwarzenegger’s T-800 was only partially computer-generated).

This scene gives you a brief look at the special effects and awesomeness of the movie.

Published by aaronpkahle

I like a lot of things but 90s American pop culture is my jam.

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