DocEmrick wrote:Terminator 2 was a cash-in cheesy action flick with horrible lines like "Let me try mine," and the others. Furlong's acting is horrendous. Terminator ends perfectly, with the viewer to draw their own conclusions about judgement day, etc.
That being said, I still enjoy all of the films (yes even 3), I just think Terminator would have worked fine as a stand-alone movie.
That's not the point of a sequel tho..... by definition any story should work as a standalone movie, or it shouldn't be made into a movie in the first place.
There was a desire to make a sequel from the earliest days of the original film's release, but various legal, financial and technical issues kept inhibiting development efforts. When the original film was released it wasn't exactly a juggernaut at the box office; according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, it's total worldwide take was only $38 million, good for only 21st of all the films released in 1984. (Top dog that year was Beverly Hills Cop which raked in $234 million.) Granted, it only cost $6 million to make, so the return was fantastic. But it cost the producers nearly that much just to secure the IP rights to even make the sequel, so even if you ignore inflation you're still starting in a $5 million hole at the outset on a sequel.... and sequels, historically, aren't as successful as the original film.
So I don't think that T2 was a cash-and-grab.
T2 and T:Salvation? Different story.
Also, I don't really see any qualitative difference between "Let me try mine" and "Hasta la vista, baby" and whatnot and lines from the first movie like "I'll be back" and the exchange with the gun store owner.