It’s always nice to get an idea of what could be coming to Netflix so that you can plan your streaming schedule accordingly. We all get busy and sometimes having to plan out what can be watched in a given day or week is inevitable. Also, knowing ahead of time what is coming out on Netflix can help us all plan movie nights for those times where we just want to stay at home instead of going out and spending money. That being said, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most famous and beloved sequel is returning to Netflix on January 1st. The title is none other than Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a monster of the action film world since his introduction to the big screen back in 1970. Since then, he has garnered massive numbers in the box office from his hits like Conan the Barbarian, Commando, and The Running Man, just to name a few. But one of his most important films was that of The Terminator. He played a time-traveling assassin sent back in time to kill a woman who would birth the resistance fighter that fights the machine uprising in the future. The original film was a sci-fi spectacle, and Arnold plays the titular and aptly named Terminator. The film would go on to gross $78 million worldwide on a budget of $6.4 million, making it a huge success.
All Arnold Schwarzenegger’s roles led him to the accumulation of The Terminator. Though playing Conan, Kalidor in Red Sonja, Dutch in The Predator, and even Quaid in Total Recall all predated the sequel to The Terminator, none would hold a candle to how popular Terminator 2: Judgement Day would become. It is still regarded to this day as one of the best-made sci-fi films of all time, and arguably Schwartzenegger’s most recognizable role.
Between when The Terminator was released in 1984 and the amount of success that followed Arnold Schwarzenegger to the sequel in 1991, people began to flock to see his films. By the time Terminator 2: Judgement Day was set to hit theaters, he was already a massive star, which led to one of the most successful films in his career. Judgement Day still remains his biggest box office hit, amassing $519.8 million worldwide, which is still nearly $100 million over his second-highest, which is coincidentally Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day followed the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), only this time it had been reprogrammed to return to the past to protect John Connor from another new form of Terminator called the T-1000, which was a liquid metal shaping cyborg that has the proclivity for killing. The story follows the path of John Connor and his mother, Sarah Connor, as they reunite and run from the T-1000 at the protection of the new Terminator who is sworn to protect them by any means necessary. What James Cameron created was a sequel that brought forth the action, emotionality, and further created a storyline that would serve as a franchise that is still going to this day.
A review from long-time film critic, Roger Ebert, had this to say: “Terminator 2 has one, along with an intriguing hero and fierce heroine, and a young boy who is played by Furlong with guts and energy. The movie responds to criticisms of excessive movie violence by tempering the Terminator’s blood lust, but nobody, I think, will complain that it doesn’t have enough action.” He gave the film a 4.5 out of 5 stars, which was a rating that not many Ebert reviews got, ensuring that it would be watched by tons of people in the early 1990s. Ebert giving a high rating in those days was an insurance policy for any film, as his opinion was highly regarded. The end result was one of the most successful sci-fi films of all time and one of the biggest hits for Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day helped skyrocket Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career tenfold. The film holds a 95% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes to this day, making it one of the highest-rated films on the website of all time. Terminator 2: Judgement Day was ahead of its time as far as special effects were in the early 1990s and James Cameron was regarded as one of the best directors having pulled it off. Starting January 1st, fans can revisit one of the best movies that have ever been made when it begins streaming on Netflix.