ARNIE kept to his word when he said he would be back.
It has been truly disheartening to watch the quality of the Terminator franchise diminish in quality throughout the years since this 1991 corker.
T2 has now been trotted back out with the added 3D gimmick, and to be honest, re-releasing the classics is far more welcome than additional sequels.
With Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) now in the loony bin claiming machines eventually take over and Judgement Day is around the corner, her son, and future military leader against the machines, John Connor (Edward Furlong) is a young delinquent in foster care.
Their already troubled lives are thrown into further turmoil by the arrival, from the future, of a T-100 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and the new and improved T-1000 Terminator (Robert Patrick), which can shape-shift.
The heroic trio try to out-run and out-gun their liquid metal enemy while trying to change the future – namely by destroying bits of the Terminator from the first film found crushed up in a warehouse, now in a lab.
The quality of James Cameron’s film has not diminished in the slightest in the last 26 years, with the clever expansion of his own lore created in 1984.
In fact T2 looks like it could have been made now and would still hold up on second release without the 3D gimmick, which is admittedly, not actually too bad.
There are a couple of moments that might make you cringe in 2017 – particularly when young John immediately shuts down his mum’s observation about men only being able to create destruction and death, as opposed to life.
But Cameron’s fast-paced, fleshed out sequel that still manages to get you thinking while you sit in awe of the action is top notch storytelling.
There is an added freshness that comes with the measured use of digital special effects (of course, groundbreaking at the time of original release) and the high number of practical effects.
There is a realism to these older action films that is largely lost in the green-screen heavy
That’s a real truck hurtling into cars during that high speed freeway chase, a real helicopter following the action and that’s a real building being blown to bits.
You don’t realise how much you miss it until you revisit these classics.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D (M)
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
Four and a half stars
Review by: Julian Wright
In cinemas now