“This is a tremendous movie.” Mr. A declares as he punches play on today’s selection.
He sings along to the opening credit’s orchestral theme (There is a pattern beginning to develop…) Terminator 2.
“Look who’s back!” he says, excitedly. As once again naked, Arnold’s Terminator is born to this Earth.
But he has returned with a very different directive. Here to save instead of kill….even if he has to kill in the process..
“Things are not going well for Sarah.” Mr. A comments. And he is very correct. She is treated just as anyone would treat a fore-warner of the coming apocalypse – by locking her in the nut house.
John has grown up into a punk kid with bad hair and considerably too much knowledge about theft and warfare, taught by his own mother to fend off the coming end of the world. Yet another robot has returned from the future to make an attempt on his life – the t1000. An even stronger and more advanced Terminator than before. (Although let’s be honest, there is no one – or nothing – stronger than Arnold.)
But what sets this movie from any other action film is it’s character development. John transitions from a rebellious, conflicted child to a potential, fearless leader. Sarah shifts from a woman driven to madness by fear to one who faces her own fear of the future and does what she must to prevent it from happening. Miles (the poor man gifted with the knowledge to change the world or destroy it) changes from a man driven by his own discoveries to the point of blindness to the people he loves into a man who loves enough to destroy his work and himself to protect them from himself. Even the Terminator overpowers the technology in his own mind to become almost human.
Mr. A is almost silent throughout the film, his eyes riveted to the screen.
“This poor guy all he wanted was to help people and he ended up causing the apocalypse….” He finally says as Miles learns of his mistakes. “but he did take his kids to River Rage or whatever it is called.”
The movie climaxes, in yet another seemingly abandoned factory.
“This is a brutal beating,” Mr. A remarks, as the t1000 begins to eradicate the Terminator. “He’s had enough of Arnold….and this is great music.” The attempt at singing begins again.
Another compelling thing this sequel has that the previous one lacked, is a clash of greatness. Two indestructible beings clashing over the fate of the world. The future fighting over the status of the future years before it can develop.
“Like a true hero, Arnold going for his gun. Like a true piece of shit, the t1000….drives a spear through his chest. The light on his eye dims…he must be dead…” He looks at me with faked terror in his eyes. He winks at me.
Because Arnold cannot be stopped so easily. As Sarah and her son face complete annihilation, like the hero he is, Arnold once again comes to their rescue. Finding the way to shatter the t1000 into a twisted piece of tin foil and then plummet to fiery dissolution.
As appropriate for a movie called Terminator, someone must die. Much like Kyle in the first one, the Terminator himself sacrifices his own life for the well-being of the world. It is a touching moment. A robot who cannot feel for a moment, understands. He gives up everything to save the world that created him and the boy who commanded him.
But don’t worry…he’ll be back.