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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
DIRECTED BY JAMES CAMERON
RELEASED: 1991

Why's it so good? The action, the pace, Sarah Connor's biceps, the clever early switcheroo where you think Arnie's the bad guy and Robert Patrick is the good guy - only you're wrong - and the further considerations of what time travel means for the present are all effective. But it's the effects and the set pieces that really blew our collective socks off - and they continue to stand up even today.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Terminator 2: Judgment Day
How does it stack up to the original? The first one, strange as it seems, was more horror movie than action movie, a sort of slasher film with sci-fi trimmings. The second sees Cameron pull the same trick he did with Aliens, switching genre, upping the ante and producing something entirely different (the bad guy's now the good guy!) while still feeling like part of the same franchise.

Glaring error: How does the T-1000 travel through time without a covering of organic tissue? As Arnie himself says, the T-1000 can't do chemicals or moving parts ("It doesn't verk that vay") so how does it time travel?!


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 81 MONTHS


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