In 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in The Terminator. The film told the story of a cyborg from the future sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) before she could give birth to a son who would lead human resistance against machines in the future.
The Terminator failed in its mission, In Terminator 2, a new Terminator (Robert Patrick) is sent back in time to destroy John Connor (Edward Furlong) while he is a child.
The twist in T-2 places Schwarzenegger on the side of Connor and here son; he is sent from the future to protect the mother and son from the new cyborg which has a structure of liquid metal. With a beginning in the future where humans continue their battle against the machines and through the scenes in Los Angeles, the special effects and outrageous behavior of the two cyborgs make an effective enjoyable adventure filled with action and violence. As the film moves into the desert and on to the research lab where the machines of the future get their beginning, the minimal script breaks down, becomes repetitious and dulls out.
Schwarzenegger's performance is strong and comical with minimal dialogue, Linda Hamilton's role is far too frantic and lacks the mental strength which was developed in the original. The casting of Edward Furlong as the future savior of humankind leaves much to be desired; he is totally unconvincing.
T-2 has little imagination; it is an excuse for special effects, car chase scenes, explosions and violence, each of which is done vey well. There is no science fiction value, and no twist to stretch the mind. It is straight action, nothing more. If you like pure action, this is the film for you.
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