Terminator 2 3D: Judgment Day

It's nothing personal.

Newly-converted and restored 3D version of James Cameron's ground-breaking sci-fi action sequel. In his defining role, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns, a different model of the T-800 cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor. Sent from the future by humans resisting oppressive machines, he must now protect her teenage son, John Connor (Edward Furlong), from an even more powerful and advanced cyborg - the shape-shifting, metallic T-1000 (Robert Patrick).

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Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, 3D, Classic

137mins

Rating: M Violence and offensive language

USA, France

The greatest action movie of the 90s returns to cinemas and I am a very happy man. It's a blessing and a gift to experience James Cameron's masterpiece on the big screen once more, with a fresh paint job that modernises a classic without removing one iota of charm. Time has been kind to the iconic set pieces and the extra dimension achieves the unthinkable - it improves them, albeit in an understated way. The most pronounced bit of 3D is in the opening credits, with the Terminator's face coming at you out of the flames. Elsewhere, it's simply a delicate enhancement of a well known tour de force.

Thankfully, the theatrical cut has been used, sans those awful extra scenes you get in the special editions - but there are a few subtle changes as well as the 3D. The most noticeable one is the stunt double riding the Harley having his face changed to Schwarzenegger's, and that's a good thing. The proto-CGI effects look as primitive as they always have — fans wouldn't want it any other way — while the restrained digital tweaks and updated colour grading are unnoticeable unless pointed out and scrutinised with side-by-side images. Rest assured, this is nothing like George Lucas digitally vomiting over his original trilogy; the changes are all excellent.

The only stink thing about the upgrade is, yes, it'll be absolutely worth buying for repeated home viewings, no matter how many times you've bought this film on however many formats and even if you don't have a 3D TV. And before that, missing it on the big screen while you briefly have the chance is akin to self-terminating. Trust me.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert

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Nobody, I think, will complain that it doesn't have enough action.

Empire (UK)

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It's less satisfying than the more idea-driven original, but this is still top-flight kick-ass entertainment.

Los Angeles Times

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More elaborate than the original, but just as shrewdly put together, it cleverly combines the most successful elements of its predecessor with a number of new twists (would you believe a kinder, gentler Terminator?) to produce on e hell of a wild ride.

New York Times

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Mr. Cameron has made a swift, exciting special-effects epic that thoroughly justifies its vast expense and greatly improves upon the first film's potent but rudimentary visual style.

Rolling Stone (USA)

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It's Cameron's show; he's the reigning king of movie pow, with dark wit and a poet's eye for mayhem. T2 cost a reported $100 million, and you can actually see where the money went.

Sydney Morning Herald

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It proves that crackingly fast entertainment doesn't have to be mindless, and it manages to do so, with an endearingly cheeky sense of humour.

The Guardian (UK)

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Cameron has done an honourable and undoubtedly skilful job of tailoring his new film to the tastes of the times without too much sloppy compromise. He's made a science fiction film with verve, imagination and even a little wit.

Variety (USA)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is more comfortable and assured here than the first time around, reprising a role so perfectly suited to the voice and physique that have established him as a larger-than-life film persona.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a great film when it was released 26 years ago and remains a great film today.

Stuff.co.nz (Sarah Watt)

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This is one true classic that never gets old.