I've been trying to diligently get through certain science fiction classics over the past few years, and my most recent cinematic adventure was Terminator 2: Judgement Day. I had seen the original a while ago and this sequel became available on Netflix not too long ago. I knew it was regarded as the best of the franchise from what I have heard anecdotally so I was excited to engage with this gem from 1991 (which came out when I was only two years old for context). The movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as "The Terminator", a robot sent back from the future to prevent John Connor (Edward Furlow) from being the savior in a future war against the machines that rise up against humanity. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John's mother. The movie is full of action and some funny scenes to give us a chance to catch our breath. The only problem I had is where the film plays fast and loose with its interpretation of time travel. They never really deal with only plot holes when it comes to paradoxes or if there are alternate timelines, which I appreciate when sci-fi films do just so we have some context. So an example of this is that the characters try to prevent the future war against the machines by acting in the present, but if they prevent the war, the T-1000 that is trying to kill John has no reason to come back since the war never started, so time (future events) would theoretically be rewritten if they succeed. My mind always melts with time travel since I try to apply scientific logic to it but it may not be logical so I could be wasting my breath. Suffice it to say that is my only major hang up about this movie. It's a fun popcorn movie if you want some solid, mindless action with a light sci-fi twist.
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