Verdict: James Cameron’s film just gets better after 26 years.
It is the era of reboots and sequels and we are enjoying every moment of it. The latest movie to make it to this list is Terminator 2: Judgement Day. You cannot argue that James Cameron is a fantastic director. What makes his movies even more special is his desire to go back to them and make them even better. There have been director’s versions of Alien, Titanic and even two versions of Avatar. The movie series that gave Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s career a major boost is back in theatres and in 3D. Terminator 2: Judgement Day is considered to be the best of the franchise and it was the last Terminator movie directed by Cameron.
The events of the movie are set in the 90’s where John Connor (Edward Furlong) is a young kid who has a penchant for getting into trouble. Due to the events he might set in motion during his life time, a Terminator T-1000 (Robert Patrick) is sent to eliminate him. Since time-traveling is very easy in this world, another cyborg, T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is sent to protect him. Meanwhile, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is placed in a mental institution because no one believes her tales of the impending Judgement Day. T-800 manages to thwart T-1000’s first attempt to kill Connor and continues to do so multiple times.
We all have seen this movie countless times on TV or online. But for those of us who are not old enough, we didn’t get a chance to watch this in theatres. This is not the first time James Cameron has tinkered with his movie on such a large scale. His other masterpiece, Titanic, was also re-released in 3D, much to the delight of the audience. Credit must be given to Cameron’s style of filmmaking, for leaving a lot of scope for future technology to make an impact. The gap between the two T2 movies is 26 long years, during which there have been some mind-numbing advancements in film technology.
The colors in the movie have become sharper without hampering the tone of the movie. James Cameron has made sure that every frame has that 3-dimensional depth, even if it is an empty parking lot. The sight of the nuclear holocaust will simply fill you with dread. Make sure you look out for the scenes where T-800’s interface is visible. The details are so sharp that you might start believing that you are him. If you have been newly introduced to the franchise, you can make a great start with this movie (trust us, we did too).
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Go for the experience. This is one of those movies that is far beyond the green-screen tropes and the CGI shots that we are presented with today. Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger has never looked better. Relive some of the best dialogues of his career, one where he says that he’ll be back and of course, “Hasta la Vista, Baby”.