‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 322

#322/ 365 – ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ (1991) – 137 mins
IMDb Challenge #200 / 250 – Ranked #42 – DVD Collection

In the future battle between man and machine, John Connor will be key to the preservation of human life. Hence, one cyborg is sent back from the future to kill him and one to protect him. The twist – this time the protector is in the same shape as the killer sent back to destroy the boy in the first film – Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In a rare change of form for the dreaded sequel, Terminator 2 was actually superior to that of its 1984 predecessor. Terminator 2 features bigger, bolder and more energetic action sequences to keep you bolted to your seat for 137 minutes. The big moments range from the chase scene in which the T-1000, in a truck, pursues John Connor and his Terminator on a motorcycle, right up to the explosive finale at Cyberdyne systems.

The film has more character development than in the original. We come to understand how Sarah obsession with the future has transformed her into more of a driven woman. Also a touching friendship develops between John and The Terminator, with Arnie in a role reversal from the original.

You have got to hand it to James Cameron. He’s a filmmaker who knows how to spend money has Terminator 2 was the movie to break Hollywood’s $100 million dollar mark, and considering the results not a single penny was wasted. The T-1000 incredible and groundbreaking for 1992, liquid-metal morphing sequences are a masterwork of visual effects.

The juggernaut of this T2 is too difficult to resist. My only niggle is does it really merit being ranked so highly on the IMDb 250 at Number 42 – “Hasta La Vista Baby.”

#323/ 365 – ‘A Clockwork Orange (1971) – 136 mins
IMDb Challenge #201 / 250 – Ranked #55 – DVD Collection

In a futuristic Britain, a gang of thugs (droogs) controlled by one young man, Alex, run rampant – perpetrating rape, muggings, beatings galore. Eventually Alex is captured, subjected to experimental treatment to cure him of his anti-social tendencies, and released back into polite society…

Like 2001. Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is not for everyone (including me). With an extraordinary central performance from Malcolm McDowell. Stanley Kubrick’s snapshot of a violent Britain which asks questions about the place of state and society can only appreciated in some bizarre kind of art form, as its odd, perverse, strange, and all very peculiar.

Though Kubrick should be applauded for presenting a landmark in cinema, to which he certainly knew how to push the boundaries, if distastefully so in the Clockwork Orange’s first gruesome 40 minutes.

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