Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong
Director: James Cameron
He’s back! Stylish as ever in that leather get up, dark glasses and Harley Davidson. which he acquires after descending on terra firma in his birthday suit, looking for all the world like a Rodin Masterpiece. Or should I say, Michelangelo?
Young people will watch the Terminator in 3 D glory, my generation first saw it in 2D and let me tell you, gentle reader, we didn’t miss out on a thing! 3D worked beautifully in Avatar and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s okey-dokey in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. the remastered sequel to James Cameron’s sci-fi action blockbuster, The Terminator.
Brad Fiedel’s music of trumpets and drumbeats wafts over scenes of Armageddon (flashback to1997) and the camera zooms into scary skulls. I looked away. But let me also say, 3D is not necessary to add to the intensity of the nail-biting chases or the intense encounters between the old model Terminator (Austrian oak Arnold Schwarzenegger) and the updated shape-shifting Term (Robert Patrick, chilling) Even the post-apocalyptic sequences (circa 2029 in the movie) were just as great back then in 1984 when the 1st Term was unleashed worldwide.
What I am most happy about the release of this new, remastered version is that young viewers will see how the feisty young John Connor( Edward Furlong, now 40) who will lead the Resistance in the distant future, instinctively knows the difference between right and wrong and tells Arnie’s Terminator, “You can’t kill people.” The euphemistically-named “collateral damage”, often glossed over in Hollywood, may be a divinely-ordained mandate for jihadis. In this movie, the new killing machine calls people “copies” but young JC is emphatic that killing innocent people is NOT OK. The boy is unable to articulate the reason WHY. But he just knows. The truth. That life is sacred.