Terminator 2: Judgment Day Review
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
3 Jul 1991
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Special F/X guru Stan Winston and his crew studied hours of nuclear test footage in order to make Sarah Connor’s “nuclear nightmare” scene as real as possible. In late 1991, members of several U.S. federal nuclear testing labs unofficially declared it “the most accurate depiction of a nuclear blast ever created for a fictional motion picture”. For Sarah’s nightmare of the nuclear holocaust, some of the materials used in the miniature Los Angeles model that mimicked all the destroyed masonry were Matzos crackers and Shredded Wheat. After each take, it would take on average two days to set the model up to shoot again.
This is the only Terminator film to win or be nominated for an Oscar. It won 4 and was nominated for 2 others.
Opening Biker Bar Scene
Carolco studio executives were nervous and concerned when the original budget of $75 million ballooned up to $88 million, with more to come. In order to keep the budget manageable, they proposed to eliminate a few scenes, particularly the opening biker bar scene where the Terminator was introduced. They tried to get Arnold Schwarzeneggerto persuade James Cameron to remove that scene, but Schwarzenegger turned them down, saying, “Only a studio guy would cut a scene out like that.”
James Cameron asked special effects creator Stan Winston to direct a teaser-trailer. Cameron didn’t want the trailer to just be early footage, and so with a budget of $150,000, Winston created a trailer that showed a futuristic assembly line churning out copies of Terminators, all of which looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron was pleased with this trailer, as he had fears about audience reactions to trailers showing Schwarzenegger returning as a Terminator (after the Terminator in the first film was clearly destroyed).
Linda Hamilton’s acting in the film
Director James Cameron was so impressed by Linda Hamilton’s acting that he campaigned unsuccessfully for her to be nominated to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Alternate source of power
It is revealed on the DVD audio commentary that the Terminator’s alternate source of power in the steel mill comes from thermocouples, which convert the heat from the surroundings into electrical power which Terminator can use.
The Terminator loses its left arm, and hauls itself forward with its right.
Arnold Schwarzenegger believed
James Cameron stretched it beyond belief with visual effects on this film.
T-800 nor killing anyone
On the DVD commentary, James Cameron states that Arnold Schwarzenegger initially didn’t like the idea of the T-800 not killing anyone, and it took a little while for Cameron to convince him.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite moments…
from the franchise are when the Terminator tries to be human because it’s something funny and not just action and violence and the most important thing to the Terminator is to blend in, and when he does he fails miserably and that always gets a big laugh from the audience.
Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
The movie’s line..
, “Hasta la vista, baby,” was voted as the #76 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
The liquid-metal T-1000 was actually intended for the first film, but could not be done due to budget constraints and the limits of technology at the time.
Ranking in Sci-Fi Genre
Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Sci-Fi” in June 2008.
The last Terminator film
..to be written and directed by James Cameron. Cameron did not write or direct the following sequels and was only credited as the creator of the characters.
The game that John plays in the Galleria is Missile Command. You protect your base by blowing up incoming missiles. Skynet’s original intention was to be a missile defense system much like the game Missile Command.
While a central point in “Terminator 2”, the phrase “There is no fate but what we make for ourselves” is not said in “The Terminator”. The phrase comes from a deleted scene.
RT/Meta Critic Review
“The Terminator 2” is movie-making on a massive scale, packed dense with spectacular touches that are too many to describe – escape scenes, helicopter stunts and huge explosions.(Click here to see)