Stunning special effects give 'Terminator 2' life

December 13, 1991|By Josh Mooney


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One of the most expensive films ever made, "Terminator 2," the inevitable sequel, can at least boast that its approximately $90 million budget shows up on the screen, as it should. The special effects in this movie are spellbinding, as are most of the action sequences.

Edward Furlong is a good choice to play the young John Connor, destined to save the human race unless a rival Terminator gets him first. Linda Hamilton, playing his mom, Sarah Connor, is pumped up for the part. Although she is confined to a mental hospital for her story of a machine-dominated future, she has kept herself in battle form, knowing that she and her son will

have to fight for their right to save the world.

Enter Robert Patrick as the new, improved Terminator who can assume any shape or form and is seemingly unstoppable. Right behind him is Arnold Schwarzenegger as a somewhat amusingly outdated cyborg who must defeat his more advanced



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"Brooklyn" is set in the Red Hook housing projects, a massive and grim sprawl where director Matty Rich grew up. The family here is the flip side of "Father Knows Best": Ray Brown (George T. Odom) beats his wife and drinks too much. His son Dennis (Baltimore's Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) is consistently frustrated in his inability to anything -- either to stop the beatings or affect the entrenched racism that has turned his family into a household seething with frustration. The world outside, at least in the projects, is not much better, and a lot more dangerous.

Reacting to the desperation that is the main character motivator in this film, Dennis and his friends plan a daring robbery of a local drug dealer's cash -- it's the only way they can imagine getting out of Brooklyn for good. There story is a tragedy, so things don't work out that way, of course. The young Rich still has a lot to learn as a filmmaker, but there's dynamic energy to be found here, which negates some of the crudeness of technique.

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