183. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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Movie: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Release Date: July 3, 1991

Director: James Cameron

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong.

Tag Lines: “It’s nothing personal.”

“This time he’s back…for good!”

“The battle for tomorrow has begun…Get terminated July 3rd.”

“If you thought you had seen it all…look again!”

“Same Make. Same Model. New Mission.”

Relevance: Some movies live up to all of their hype. ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ was one such movie. I saw the original film with my dad when it aired on HBO sometime in the 1980’s. We both loved it and watched it multiple times. For reasons I can’t seem to recall, I did not see ‘T2’ when it played in theaters. The film received excellent reviews and was a huge box office success, so when it was finally released as a rental, my dad and I were both excited to finally see it.

Over my holiday break from college, I rented ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day.’ My dad, my paternal grandfather, an older cousin and myself sat down to watch it. My mom was fluttering in and out, but it was not her type of movie, so she maybe saw ten minutes of it. The rest of us never moved for over two and a half hours. All of us were riveted by the story, the action and the effects. I fell in love with the film and actually loved it more than the first film. And that is very unusual.

I eventually bought the VHS of both films and watched them quite a bit. There was something about ‘T2’ that just seemed to get better and better with each viewing. I eventually bought the DVD as well as the Extreme Edition DVD in 2003. The film remains one of my favorite action, science-fiction movies and one of my top sequels of all time.

Today’s Thoughts: Although I own both the original film and ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ on DVD, I probably haven’t watched either of them in their entirety in quite some time. So today with my husband, we sat down to watch Arnold as a cyborg. That is for the first fifteen minutes. After a few questions about who, what, why and where, my husband went to take a nap. So as usual, I watched today’s movie alone.

The movie is sill as entertaining as it was back in 1991 on many levels. There is just the right amount of comedy and drama throughout, but it is all about the action. And the action is pretty much non-stop. James Cameron really knows how to deliver a thrill a minute, and this movie is a prime example. The effects, although a bit waning after thirty years, are still impressive and fun to watch. The cast maneuvers through the science fiction effectively. Arnold is at his cyborg best and Robert Patrick is equally impressive. Linda Hamilton brings all of the drama and delivers a brooding, serious performance and Edward Furlong, in his film debut, is quite spectacular as the future resistance leader. Overall, the film is a fun trip to take.

‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ may or may not mark the return of the penis. It actually depends on what version you are watching. Robert Patrick’s penis can be seen very briefly in all home video releases up to the Skynet Edition Blu-Ray Release. His penis was removed with CGI for the 3D theatrical release and the Blu-Ray 3D and 4K releases. Who would remove a penis? Thankfully, I own the 2003 Extreme Edition, so I got to see Mr. Patrick’s penis. As if today wasn’t hot enough. This, if you were counting, is penis number nine on my list of most influential movies of all time. You can check out the eight other “penises” here: 199. Six Degrees of Separation, 209. The Fisher King, 295. Being John Malkovich, 296. Wildcats, 332. The Crying Game, 335. Born on the Fourth of July343. Sideways and 357. Amadeus.

‘Teminator 2: Judgement Day’ is a great epic science fiction film. Even if that genre is not your cup of tea, it is a fun, entertaining, eye-popping movie that will probably be enjoyed for decades to come. And who knows, with all of the other sequels and reboots, there may be more around the corner. “He’ll be back.”

Awards: Academy Award for Best Sound, Tom Johnson, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Lee Orloff (winner), Academy Award for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, Gary Rydstrom, Gloria S. Borders (winner), Academy Award for Best Effects, Visual Effects, Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Gene Warren, Jr., Robert Skotak (winner), Academy Award for Best Makeup, Stan Winston, Jeff Dawn (winner), Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Adam Greenberg (nomination), Academy Award for Best Film Editing, Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt, Richard A. Harris (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Sound, Tom Johnson, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Lee Orloff (winner), BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects, Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Gene Warren, Jr., Robert Skotak (winner), BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, Joseph C. Nemec III (nomination).

Ways to Watch: YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Hulu, Sling TV, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, DVD Availability.

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