|Starring||Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick|
|Release||25 AUG (US) 29 AUG (UK) Certificate 15|
With this first T-quel, Cameron and writer William Wisher Jr managed to overcome the difficult 'second album' syndrome by pivoting and making Arnie’s perfect killing machine the sequel’s hero. Likewise, Linda Hamilton’s transformation of Sarah Connor into a formidable freedom-fighter from scared victim is remarkable, justifying her place as one of the most iconic movie characters of all time. See also Robert Patrick and his piercing blue eyes.
But even if Cameron and his mimetic polyalloy machines can momentarily raise interest in three-dimensional technology, can it do the same to revive the flagging Terminator franchise?
Incredibly, 26 years after its release, T2 stills feels fresh not only technologically but also thematically: threat of nuclear war, military weaponry, extreme ideology and the overwhelming sense that we’re living on borrowed time. "It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves," the T-800 tells John Connor, but while the subsequent sequels may feel like the franchise is slowly being lowered into a vat of molten steel, it might just find salvation in James Cameron. Despite what Ali says.
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