Happy 4th Everyone!
On July 3rd, Terminator 2: Judgement Day will be 20 years old. It is still the best Terminator movie and arguably one of the best movies ever made. Back in 1991 we were all amazed by the extraordinary special effects, awed by the pulse pounding music and astonished by James Cameron's direction. 20 years later, T2 more than just holds up well, it still kicks ass! Trust me...
On the surface T2 is an action movie pumped full of adrenaline but, there are also dramatic and philosophical layers to James Cameron's and William Wisher Jr.'s screenplay which makes this movie so engaging.
Two decades ago, T2 blew away my 15 year old mind and invigorated my interest in Sci Fi. It was because of this I started reading Harlan Ellison (and other Sci Fi writers). At the time, I didn't know that there was a lawsuit against the first Terminator movie filed by Harlan Ellison. He accused James Cameron of plagiarism. Terminator shares a lot of similarities with Harlan Ellison's short story (and Outer Limits episode), Demon with a Glass Hand. It was ironic for me in a way.
Follow the link below the first part of the Outer Limit's episode of:
The lawsuit resulted in Harlan Ellison being credited in the first Terminator. This was not the only time James Cameron was accused of plagiarism. Did he really steal someone else's story or was Harlan Ellison being an ass? I guess the lawsuit settlement answered that question but, still... I give credit to James Cameron for filming T2 and made it into a super entertaining movie with a lot of heart.
July 3, 1991 will always be a special day for me. 20 years ago, I was with a great group of friends and we all chose the right movie to watch at the right time and place. What would have happened if we chose to watch Child's Play 3 instead? I'm glad we didn't because ever since, my life has been strangely connected to T2 and that certain day. Don't worry, I won't bore you with my weird stories though.
I also won't bore you with more praise and analysis for T2. I'm sure you must have already heard a lot about the movie. Well, maybe someday I'll break down T2 and analyze it. I can't help it, I love the movie and I'm a nerd! I also don't want to hype the movie up too much. Too late? I hope not. If you haven't already watched T2, just remember it's not godly ti's only a movie (despite what James Cameron believes). Only a movie, only a great movie! Ok, I'll stop.
For almost 20 years I'd been watching Terminator 2: Judgement Day
during Independence Day holiday on whichever latest media format it's available in. I invite all of you to enjoy this moment in time with me. Put in the Blu Ray or, DVD, or even the VHS version and let's travel back in time to 1991and prevent Judgement Day.
It's Nothing Personal.
(I REALLY like this movie)