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Terminator 2: Judgment Day


Terminator 2: Judgment Day: 1991 (R) -5
USA / Tri Star Pictures
92 % (CF)

One of my favorite sections to rent from in the days of Blockbuster video was from the action movie part of the store. And being a young kid and adolescent I was raised on the movies made when the action genre was at its apex. The mid 80’s to the early 90’s when the genre had its towering action movie heroes. Days of Stallone, Willis, Van Damme, Segal, Lundgren, and my personal favorite of the bunch Arnold Schwarzenegger! Arnie was always my favorite action star, not just because of his massive build, but his unquestionable charisma! You have him on screen and you knew you were going to have a good time! He may not have Laurence Olivier style acting chops but dammit the man has presence! And this is the movie that caters best to what he has. A massive frame, an accent, and does not require a great deal of acting.

Terminator 2 is my favorite movie from this era of action movies. It has Arnie in his best role, it has a very awesome villain, Sarah Conner is a badass and not a damsel in distress, and the effects for this film hold up a lot better than the first movie. But being a time travel movie it does have plenty of plot holes and flaws. But a great movie is not based on the number of flaws. All movies have flaws. What makes a movie great is creating a film that immerses you in the movie world and makes you ignore the strings of the puppet master. And Arnie’s presence helps you dial into the movie very easily.