Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Terminator 2

I was going to watch Seven Samurai, but what's with the yelling of all the lines of dialogue? I know it's a classic and everything, but do I need three hours of this? So I stoppet it after ten minutes and rather put on... Terminator 2! Arnold Schwarzenegger is the bad ter... no, wait, he's the good terminator. Directed by James Cameron.

The film came out in 91. It's 20 years old! I've reached the age where it's almost a bit depressing to watch films like this. Where did all the years go? Sigh... Well, anyway... Terminator 1 is a better, leaner film, I think. T2 has some fat in the middle. The part where they go to kill the computer guy drags a bit. Linda Hamilton's voiceover they could have skipped and Edward Furlong is a bit annoying. The CGI stuff is still pretty impressive, but it's also the beginning of the end in a way. It's all going downhill from here on, ending up in wall to wall CGI fests like Van Helsing. The pepsi product placement also ruins it a bit, always showing up in the best scenes, dammit! Cameron knows action, of course, but he's also good with the small details. Love the scene of the T 1000 waving his finger in a no, no sign.


  1. Nooooooooooo!! T2 better then T1 ha ha ha )))

  2. I quite liked the casting of Furlong exactly because he's a anoying sloppy brat, like most teenagers are.

  3. I just rewatched Seven Samurai last Saturday, or as I dubbed it, "Samurai Saturday". It's one of my all time favorite films. Followed that up with another Kurosawa samurai classic, Yojimbo. Then I finished up my Samurai Saturday by reading some of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. Good times all around!

    As for Terminator vs T2, I have to side with vitalik shu, giving T2 the win. Maybe it's because I saw T2 before I saw the original, but I've always found the sequel more entertaining.

  4. T2 has the best scenes or set pieces (and a bugger budget), but as a whole I find T1 to be a stronger film. The only negative thing I can think of is Linda Hamilton's 80s hairstyle that really dates the film.
    I should give Seven Samurai a second chance.

  5. Seven Samurai is amazing. It's true the Japanese school of acting is puzzling at times, though.
    Mifune overacts his way through the movie and can be irritating, but he specialized in quiet, cool warriors, so actually he was working against type. Kinda like Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys.
    The real cool guys in this one are Takashi Shimura as the leader of the Samurai, who I find mesmerizing, and the lean, super-swordman whose name I don't know. I read James Coburn saw the film and said "I'll do it if I can play his character!"