When James Cameron makes a film, the cinema trembles. Not only does the director, screenwriter and producer bring gigantic films like Titanic and Avatar to the screen. He is also interested in exposing the possibilities and limitations of these. Especially in Special Effects Area sets Cameron standards.
One of the most important films in this regard is Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which was released in 1992 and had a budget of around 100 million US dollars most expensive film of its time was. Cameron didn’t waste a cent of this considerable budget, especially with regard to the effects.
Blockbuster Milestone: Why the T-1000 is so special in Terminator 2
The biggest figurehead of Terminator 2 is the T-1000 embodied by Robert Patrick, his character the villain of the film. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800, the killing machine first appears in human form. However, since it is a more advanced model, it can change its shape.
The T-1000 in Terminator 2 Judgment Day
Where the T-800 bleeds, the T-1000 has a flawless finish that makes it seem downright indestructible. His body shines silverbefore he changes shape and effortlessly reaches through bars, as if none of the rules that limited the movements of the rickety predecessor model apply to him.
Cameron uses many practical effects in Terminator 2. The moments when the T-1000 turned into a constantly deforming mass transformed. Without the character, all of the CGI characters we see in blockbusters today wouldn’t have been possible.
$5 million of the Terminator 2 budget went to the T-1000. Although more than three decades have now passed, the transformation is impressive today. Last but not least, Cameron not only relies on the CGI effect, but supports it with all the staging tricks that are available to him as a filmmaker.