James Cameron has made some major films in the past like Avatar and Titanic, but I believe that these two films are overrated. But whenever I doubt James Cameron’s skill as a director I remind myself that he directed the first two Terminator films, which is proof that he is one of the finest directors alive today.
The first movie told the story of a cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a human (Michael Biehn) who were sent back in time. The cyborg was sent to kill a woman named Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and the human was there to protect her. In Terminator 2, that same Terminator is back, but this time Arnie is sent back to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong), Sarah’s son. Another cyborg (Robert Patrick) is sent to kill John, because he will lead a resistance against a machine army in the future.
Terminator 2 is far superior to the original, mainly because of a leap in technology. The CGI to this day is pretty astonishing. It delivers an original story with a futuristic vision that’s both troubling and believable.
The action in the film is first-rate with raw and violent shoot outs with a classic score to make it even better. But Terminator 2 isn’t just acclaimed for its amazing action sequences. The performances by all involved are stellar, the cast fully commit to their characters. Linda Hamilton is a commanding presence here and holds her own against an action legend like Arnie. Arnie’s bond with Furlong is played for laughs early in the film, but later they become good friends and the finale scene is quite powerful. This is another example of Cameron exploring the idea that the machines could at some stage be more than just dumb robots. Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a must see no doubt and Arnie’s best film for sure.