James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day is still as thrilling today was it was as it was when it was first released in 1991.
The then ground-breaking CGI effects help augment a tremendous amount of practical work to create a near flawlessly kinetic thriller. Cameron knows how to incorporate these elements to work for the story and while it might not have the knife-edge thrills of its predecessor, it does open up a story to create a tale which builds on that film’s plot to move the story forward in a natural way – something which subsequent sequels failed to do.
Arriving seven years after Cameron’s low budget 1984 film, The Terminator became a break-out hit, the film upped the scale and the budget of the original film’s genre trappings. At the time of its release, T2 was the most expensive film ever produced, costing a then mind-numbing $100 million. However, audiences embraced Cameron’s sequel in their droves, helping the film bank over $205 million at the US box office and more than $520 million globally (making it the highest grossing film of the year).