"Even the most die-hard Terminator fan would have to admit the storyline feels like a shameless and not particularly inspired retread of Terminator 2. It has virtually the same plot and hits virtually all the same beats" - Empire Magazine 2009

James Cameron:  I'm not involved in T3. When I was in post on Titanic, I was approached on that. I said, "I'm just not that ... Ahhh, I mean, I told the story." I mean, the reason here to make the film is to cash in on the success of the franchise. I think films should be made from an organic place of 'I have a specific story to tell now I'm gonna figure out who's ready to pay for that.' It was 18 times harder to get the money to make Titanic than it ever would have been to make another Terminator film because that was a proven commodity, but I was much more interested in Titanic and I think that's the way films should be made.

James Cameron: Together, "The Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", comprise a single, complete narrative

James Cameron:  Terminator 2 brings the story full circle and ends it (Starlog #170)

William Wisher (the uncredited The Terminator co-writer and the co-writer of Terminator 2: Judgment Day): We've finished the story and as far as I'm concerned it should stay finished. Everything we had to say about the Terminator has been said. One of the things Jim and I talked a lot about was whether there should be another followup. And we made our decision in the way we wrote Terminator 2. There are no backdoors in this film. We wrote this movie so that the fat lady sings. (Fangoria 1991)

 Linda Hamilton: "I thought it was perfect with two films. It was a complete circle, and it was enough in itself. But there will always be those who will try and milk the cow."(wharf.co.uk)

The conclusion of the Terminator saga - The narrator of the official The Making of Terminator 2 about T2


T2 and T3 are so similar as far as the plot goes that its possible to tell the story and the plot and describe both movies with one description. Lets see...


----------------------------ARNOLD IN BLACK LEATHER WITH SHOTGUN AS PROTECTOR---------------------------

-------------------------------------------------------------LIQUID METAL ENEMY-------------------------------------------------------------


1. The movie begins with a voiceover, reminding us what happened before and what the movie is about in a pill, transitioning into the Futuristic scenes in which right after seeing the shot of the skulls...

...we transition into the war scenes...

...which end with the shot of the endoskeleton

2. We then see the terminators arrive in the present. The shapeshifting villain arrives in a deserted/empty area, encountering one person with a car

Immediately after acquiring its car it searches through the available data to find its target(s)


3. The older model arrives burning a hole in the ground

He arrives near a bar...

..and draws the attention as he comes in...

...scanning people's clothes...

...until he finds the guy with the right size.

He crushes the guy's hand and takes his leather clothes.

We see him revealed in his getup when he walks out of the bar, with a nice shot sliding from his boots to his face.

Right away he acquires a vehicle, shotgun and sunglasses...

...And drives off into the night

4. meanwhile, we also get introduced to the guy responsible for the war in the company which will take the blame as well.

5. John meets the older model armed with shotgun in the hall, not knowing at first if he's the good or the bad guy

6. He then shoots the shapeshifting villain with a shotgun while John escapes

7. When the terminators fight, John takes the opportunity and runs away

...but the shapeshifting villain send the older model flying around...

knocking him down. The hero gets up....

to to the surprise of the witnesses.

8. Meanwhile, the shapeshifting villain continues the pursuit in a big truck...

...smashing the cars on its way..

..and the older model rushes on his bike

He catches up and shoots the truck's tires

He joins John and together they drive away, while the shapeshifting villain's truck is destroyed...

..much to his dismay

9. After losing the shapeshifting villain for good, the trio heads down south...

..where during the trip the older model gives all the details and info

10. They then acquire the weapons that were hidden and stored

11. The older model 'takes care of the Police' with a Minigun...

...shooting the cars...

...making sure no one is really hurt

The police then resumes fire...

...when undisturbed older model walks away getting shot in the back

12. The trio decides to stop the war and attack the company responsible for building Skynet. They alter their course and go back to attack the company

...but the shapeshifting villain is on their tail

13. The person responsible for Skynet gets shot and dies

14. After the hand to hand combat, the shapeshifting villain destroys the older model..

..but he then revives (shown with POV and close up of the eyes)...

..and comes back to save the day just in time...

...ending the morphing villain's existence

15. The two, helpless boy and female, are left alone


Article by Adrian Czarny