In James Cameron's ground-breaking sci-fi sequel, set in the near future in Los Angeles, the T-800 cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor must now protect her teenager son, John Connor (Edward Furlong), from an even more powerful and advanced cyborg - the shape-shifting, metallic T-1000 (Robert Patrick).
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.
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.
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.