*In case you’ve been living under a rock, this post contains some Terminator 2 spoilers*
Hubbie and I have been looking forward to it ALL week.
I’m sure you’ve done it, just as every other person has. You have a movie or series on DVD, and you rarely put it on…
But suddenly it’s on TV and you must drop everything and watch it.
Last Tuesday night we discovered the very first Terminator movie on free-to-air TV. We watched most of it, including the last nail-biting, squirming-in-your-seat scenes, and all the while a part of me, knowing the latest film in the franchise was coming out, and also knowing a thing or two about schedules (I happen to know TV a bit 😉) I went trawling through the tv guide, looking for…
Terminator 2. Yes. It was going to air exactly a week after the first one aired.
I knew it. 👌
So, we watched it tonight.
I’m not a massive sci-fi gal. Well, not much at all. Yet this movie has many futuristic elements of it, and yet I still consider it one of the greatest movies of all time.
The premise is fascinating, yet also easy enough to follow: machines vs humans.
Human resistance leader sends a programmed machine back in time to protect his younger self from being killed, against a machine that has also been sent back in time to kill him.
Maybe I’m not confused, because time-travel also features in one of my other favourite movies – Back to the Future.
“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
Sorry I had to. Back to the… machines. 😂
I think what is absolutely brilliant, the biggest plot twist in this the second, and I argue the BEST Terminator movie, is that Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ‘bad’ terminator in the first film, comes back as the ‘good’ one, now programmed to save Sarah and John Connor from the latest version of killing Terminator machine.
This insanely good plot twist is cemented by Arnie’s re-emergence into the second one. As viewers, you think “oh crap the bad terminator is back.” Watching it too, you don’t actually get any indication at the start of the film as to who is the bad terminator, and who is the good one.
The only point at which some may argue tips it off, is right at the beginning after Arnie ‘good’ terminator takes the clothes and motorbike off a bikie in a bar, and when the bar owner runs out to protest his theft, Arnie walks up to him, deadly serious… takes his gun…
and takes his sunglasses.
Before riding off on the bike to comical country background music.
Even then, on the first watching of T2, you would be forgiven in thinking Arnie is bad… I mean, remember all the horrible things he did in T1?
But the scene, as both terminators catch up to John at the arcade, is THE BEST. John is running from the proper bad terminator, simply thinking he is trying to get away from a cop because of all his delinquent behaviour, and then…
Arnie good terminator arrives from the other side of the corridor. The box he is holding tears opens up, and a massive gun hidden amidst roses is pulled out.
The roses crunch under his feet.
John falters. Turns back.
But the bad terminator arrives from the other end of the corridor, and he pulls a gun out too.
John is caught. He looks back at Arnie.
And then Arnie speaks the two words which let us know what side he is on: “Get down.”
And Arnie proceeds to shoot the mofo bad terminator as much as he can.
It is the one of the best movie plot twists… EVER.
We’ve watched this film loads on times. But it still keeps us on the edge of our seats, and I still had my hand over my mouth in horror in the last 20 minutes.
“JUST DIE ALREADY!”
For a movie so heavy on the sci-fi and ‘termination,’ there sure are some deep moments, courtesy of Edward Furlong as John Connor, who was cast perfectly in the role.
He balances the role of a delinquent gone-off-the-tracks due to a messed up and insanely confusing upbringing, versus a kid who just wants a father figure, so, so well, imbedding it with humour, gentleness and real warmth and sensitivity.
Oh man. Maybe all my writing course stuff is rubbing off on me, but John’s dialogue is spot on. His dramatically teen-like “this is deep” statement, after the termintor tells him that ‘future John’ re-programmed him and sent him back in time to protect younger John, is hilarious… or even when John realises the terminator must obey him, and tests the theory by making him stand on one leg…
If you just found out you had a terminator that had to obey you, would you tell it to stand on one leg? But he is 10 and so this totally makes sense from his youthful and untouched point of view.
If you missed it tonight… just get it from your DVD collection and watch it. Go on. I know you have it.
‘Hasta la vista, baby.”