Analysis: Terminator 2: Judgment Day


OVERVIEW

Heart-stirring with some of the most iconic characters, dialogue, music and action to this very day, Terminator 2: Judgment Day has proven to be one hell of a thrill ride and a must see for self-proclaimed movie fans.

DIRECTING

James Cameron manages to outdo the prequel by making every scene matter. I'm not sure which scene in the movie was weak because once again, he made sure every scene leading up to the grand finale MATTERED.

MUSIC

The Music in Terminator 2: Judgment Day isn't all sunshine and rainbows but it has a very tense and dark somber feel to it. Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood & The Destroyers where Arnold Schwarzenegger's character left the bar was pretty cool to see, but the main theme is where the soundtrack really shines. It emphasizes the dark and grueling atmosphere which will occur if the main heroes fail to protect John Connor.

ACTING

Terminator 2: Judgment Day stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, Edward Furlong as John Connor and Robert Patrick as the T-1000. To say that these 4 main actors were good is the most COLOSSAL understatement you can ever say because honestly these 4 main actors made it work. You have Arnold Schwarzenegger who is awesome both being a Terminator and an absolute icon in his role. Linda Hamilton was just a girl in the last movie and was a normal human being living an ordinary life who unknowingly has the key to stop the Terminators. Now she’s back as the most badass female to the point where she has to be willing to do anything to make sure John Connor is alive no matter what happens to her. John Connor, played by Edward Furlong, is like his mother living an ordinary life but that changes fast when he meets up with The Terminator and Robert Patrick as the T-1000. Instead of words, T-1000 uses mostly actions instead of words to make sure that he completes his mission of killing John Conner which would bring humanity’s extinction.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The production design does a great job at blending ordinary life with time-traveling terminators who have goals of leading humanity to victory and also to its demise. The striking set has a dramatic feel due to the contrast between ordinary buildings, cars, and scenery and the grim future of total destruction.

STORY

The Story begins with a narration from Sarah Connor describing to us what is about to happen if they don't stop Judgment Day from occurring. This sets up one of the most iconic movies of the 90s in which one Terminator appears to find John Connor and protect him from the T-1000 who arrives to kill John Connor. He does this because of the failed attempt to kill Sarah Connor who unknowingly gave birth to John Connor.

EMOTION

The emotion gives the audience uneasy feelings with how grim the beginning is set up. However, the movie gives us a little ray of hope that humanity can be saved if the heroes win. Not only that, but this movie takes you on a fast-paced and highly-invested roller coaster with very sharp turns and swerves added in.

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