Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

A promotional still of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. TriStar

Another of the greatest sequels ever made. As we’ve previously noted, the original Terminator — a relatively low-budget movie that had only modest box office returns, before finding a vast home audience — was a film “where the grindhouse meets the multiplex.

Judgment Day turned everything up. Sarah Connor, a terrified waitress in the first Terminator, is now a hardened warrior trying to save her son and prevent the apocalypse. And Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 is back not as an unstoppable killing machine, but as a reluctant hero.

The actions sequence are stupendous, Robert Patrick is brilliant as the shape-shifting T-1000, and the film has more emotion than anything else James Cameron has ever made, with the possible exception of Titanic. It’s a titanic achievment.

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