Tickets: €14.50 (€13.50 concessions)
In following up his 1984 classic The Terminator, James Cameron took a similar approach to Aliens, his maximalist sequel to Ridley Scott’s original, which was to turn all the dials up to eleven. The result was a masterpiece of breathlessly kinetic action cinema. Phenomenally successful – and expensive, it was the first film to cost over 100 million – T2 broke new ground in what computer-generated imagery could achieve. Playing with our expectations, Cameron reverses the roles of the time-travelling cyborgs, and it is Schwarzenegger who safeguards Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son John (Edward Furlong) against the seemingly indestructible, liquid metal T-1000 (memorably portrayed by a menacing Robert Patrick) that will stop at nothing in its mission to eradicate the future leader of the resistance.
Notes by David O’Mahony. Presented in association with Expert Air.
Screening as part of Dark Skies: Man Vs Machine, June 8th to 30th. A multi-film pass is available directly from the IFI Box Office – 4 films for €37, excluding Terminator 2: Judgment Day (70mm).