Wow, She’s Good
One of the most impressive acting scenes ever has to be Sarah Connor’s escape in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Imagine this: You’re in a mental hospital because, like the ancient Cassandra, you know the future, and everyone else is betting that you’re wrong. Your son, your whole reason for living, is with foster parents whose neglect and hostility send him into a world of denial and delinquency.
You plot your escape, learning from previous attempts and failures. Then, one day, boom! you are on your way out, ready to rescue your son and, with him, the world’s fate. Joy and elation energize your strides, until…
The greatest terror you have ever known appears in front of you.
In a half-second, all that joy and elation melts into a “flee at all cost” instinct.
Watching Linda Hamilton’s facial expression transform, just like that, in slow-motion, is perhaps the most striking performance I have ever seen on film.