Why the Liquid Metal Man in Terminator 2 should have been made using Silicone.

Why the Liquid Metal Man in Terminator 2 should have been made using Silicone.

Terminator 2, Judgement Day, is the Science Fiction action thriller sequel to the highly successful film The Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.  In the original movie Arnold, The Terminator, is sent back from the future to kill Linda, (Sarah Connor), but in the sequel, Judgement Day he is sent back to protect her. It is Sarah’s Son, John Connor, played by Edward Furlong, who will save Earth from Skynet and Cyborgs in the future.  The Terminator’s new role of protector is almost thwarted by a prototype Cyborg called a T- 1000, played by Robert Patrick who is a highly advanced, shape shifting Terminator made of liquid metal. There are many fast and furious fight scenes between the original Terminator and the new liquid metal cyborg but ultimately good prevails and the evil prototype falls into a huge vat of molten steel which disintegrates it.

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Maybe if in the future Skynet had used a Silicone moulding UK company such as https://www.meadex.co.uk/, they could have created a cyborg that really was indestructible.  The silicone rubber in liquid form would have been resistant to both extremely high and low temperatures, have excellent stability and be incredibly durable. James Cameron who wrote and directed both Terminator movies, chose to use liquid metal for the advanced killing machine and between $94million and an incredible $102 million dollars was spent on the special effects.  At the time, this made the film the most expensive science fiction movie ever made.  However, the gamble paid off for Cameron because on its release it earned him between $519 – $520 million dollars!  The movie also won several accolades including a BAFTA, Saturn and an Academy Award.

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Terminator 2 is considered to be one of the best science-fiction sequels ever made and its specialised visual effects became the most influential of its time using computer-generated imagery. The film was made using various locations in and around California, scenes were shot in the neighbourhood of Canoga Park, inside the Santa Monica Place Mall, Northridge Fashion Centre, Lake View Terrace Hospital, and the Terminal Island Freeway. Maybe James Cameron deliberately chose to use liquid metal instead of liquid silicone for his lethal second terminator cyborg, the T-1000 because he knew he couldn’t achieve the ending he needed, with the evil machine being vanquished?

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