Universal Appeal
Terminator 2: 3D
Review by Ross Anthony

No doubt you remember the "Terminator" and "Terminator II" (T2) feature films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong, directed by James Cameron (of "Titanic" mega-fame). T2 was a revolutionary film that dramatically changed our expectations of action films.

But this review is not about T2 (the movie). If you haven't seen that film -- go rent it. It's very good. Then go to Universal Studios (LA or Orlando in the U.S.) and ride "T2:3D". This event is the creative result of the expert efforts of those responsible for T2 (the movie), most noteably, James Cameron. It involves live actors (who lip-synch to the original cast's recorded voices). On stage, the Terminator and John Connor jump on a motorcycle and appear to drive directly into the screen where they are portrayed on 3D film by none other than Arnold and Edward. This is way cool.

This newly shot 3-D film sequence lasts 12 minutes, so it's basically action concentrate. Besides the interplay of live actors on stage with filmed sequences in 3D, you'll experience theater audience effects. Some movies claim to be sensational, but they've stolen the true meaning of the word. "T2:3D" gives it back. You'll smell the gun-powder, you'll feel the explosions, you'll taste the moisture. This is a happening that comes off the screen and into your face.

I loved it. "Rides" at amusement parks are sometimes too careful about being "family oriented" -- compromising their effectiveness. "T2:3D" is not gentle. It's loud and violent (though only robots die). I suggest you see it, especially if it's been a while since your last visit to Universal Studios. Be sure to ride (or re-ride) "Back to the Future" while you're there. But, if you've just spent the day at Universal last month and you're wondering if "T2:3D" is worth the park's admission fee, I suggest you come out at the end of the summer. In the mean time, the T-1,000,000 (the giant mercury spider showpiece of "T2:3D" and finest work of 3D cinematography I've ever experienced) can also be seen in the wonderful 3D IMAX movie "Encounter" (see the review and interview).

Starring (on screen) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong.
Directed by James Cameron.
No rating.

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