Arnie will blow your socks off

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 September, 1993, 12:00am

AFTER months of promos, World has finally got round to showing Terminator 2: Judgment Day rather than just talking about it . . . so fasten your seatbelts for one of the best action movies ever made.

In 1984, writer/director James Cameron created the terrifying sci-fi movie The Terminator (which is being shown on Pearl on Sunday). It was a heart-chilling story about a virtually indestructible cyborg sent from the future to kill a bewildered Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) the mother of as-yet-unborn rebel leader John Connor who would one day lead a post-holocaust resistance movement.

Ten years after that first encounter, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (World 9.30pm, original running time 136 mins) takes up the grim story in which 3 billion human lives are destined to end in a nuclear war on August 29, 1997, a date which survivors will call Judgment Day. Having survived Armageddon, these humans now face the war against the machines.

Linda Hamilton again plays Sarah Connor, transformed from the wimpy waitress of the first film to a muscle-bound fighter, whose warnings about what the future holds have led to her being shut up in a high security mental institution.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the killer cyborg from the future, but in a neat plot twist, this time he's been sent to protect Sarah's son, the future saviour of the world John Connor (Edward Furlong), not destroy him.

That job goes to a rival and more advanced terminator the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a liquid metal creation which can clone itself into anything it touches.

This is one robot that has to be seen to be believed - when weapons blow holes through him, he just heals and seals up in seconds. The T-1000 is just one of the relentless array of special effects in T2 that will blow your socks off. Even reduced to the small screen, nothing can detract from the impact of Linda Hamilton's holocaust dream sequence.

The effects, both visual and sound, won numerous awards, but it's a pity that the film as a whole was not given more praise. Far less inherently violent than most action movies, it's a riveting piece of work. Hamilton too deserved more recognition for her chilling portrayal of shotgun-pumping Sarah, the mom with whom no cyborg in his right mind would mess with.

THE alternative is gentle comedy Pretty Woman (Pearl 9.30pm, ORT 119 mins), a surprising box-office smash given that it's a formula Hollywood love story - successful, but cold businessman made to discover he has feelings, after all, by modern-day tart with a heart.

Much credit for the film's popularity goes to Julia Roberts who's delightful as not so happy hooker Vivian. She's hired by sour businessman Edward (Richard Gere), to escort him for a week and disarm the opposition. A Pygmalion-style transformation comes over Vivian, and you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce the rest.

THE Hits (MTV 1am) is a new series made by MTV Europe in which stars take viewers on a musical tour of their own discography and music videos. The shows aim to reveal insights into the making of videos, as well as providing backstage gossip on the star.

The series premieres with a special episode on the grandma of rock, Tina Turner. It will feature Tina's Grammy Award-winning song What's Love Got To Do With It?, which is also the title of a much-vaunted new film documenting Tina's life before, during and after Ike. Critics in America are raving about it.