Of the endless number of kitschy, pop culture-related YouTube feeds out there, one of my favorites is 1A4Studios. They’re the creators of the “blink sixty times and you’ll miss it” Speedrun clips that distill entire films into just one minute’s worth of rapid fire animation, complete with high-pitched chipmunk voices that deliver slices of dialogue. Their latest is one hell of an effort, as they’ve cut down the 137-minute James Cameron sci-fi classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and even though they don’t spend the proper amount of time on the T-1000 getting frozen and shattered into a million pieces, we’re willing to give them a free pass.
Even though the video is only a minute long, it’s astounding how many of the film’s central scenes are included, from the initial biker bar arrival of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the seemingly endless chase scenes that John Connor leads all over the city. It works well that there are so many chases, since the motion in these videos are almost always left to write anyway. Am I the only person who wishes that there were an alternate version of this movie where Edward Furlong got his due comeuppance by getting his face shoved in a bowl of shit?
It’s most excellent that they also have one of my favorite bits in the film, when John’s foster mom/T-1000 stabs the foster dad through the milk and the back of the throat. Cinema gold! I also love the little sunglasses on T-800’s face. If you’re interested in seeing what some of those Terminator 2 locations look like today, just go here to get your mind blown. Things have changed rather a lot in 20-years.
If you’re interested in seeing another one of science fiction’s finer masterpieces given the Speedrun treatment, then look no further than their brilliant take on Blade Runner, where they break up the side-scrolling action in a rare moment. “You’re drunk, whore. Go home.”
It doesn’t help that every character in all of these videos looks like they’d be a replicant. Oh well. Got time for one more video, even if it has nothing to do with sci-fi? Great! They’ve also done a great job converting David Fincher’s Fight Club, seen below.