Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing monster films from the 2000’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Destined to be a blockbuster!
Terminator 2 only feels like a vague remake of the original in how it justifies Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return; this time defending the woman his previous incarnation attempted to kill. He helps returning actress Linda Hamilton's character and her son, played by the excellent Edward Furlong. Standards have been upped a notch. Action predominates and the horror aspect is put aside.
This is the first film in history to successfully juggle with 3D effects. It achieves this with great talent, but, more precisely, because the new villain is made of malleable liquid metal. Blinn textures flatter the camera and convince the audience more easily than fur, hair and other particles. The visuals are not only ground-breaking, but also scripted not to be subject to bad CG.
Two unstoppable killing machines fight each other; the strongest trying to kill two mere humans, the other defending them at all cost. Extended car chases, big guns, explosions, gore; you get it all! It’s brilliantly written and rigorously directed. The movie is virtually flawless and arguably one of the best ever made. It explores every cinema genre seamlessly and with constant intensity.