Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D was premiered at Empire Cinemas in Erbil.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A day ahead of cinemas in the Middle East, the film ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D’ premiered at Empire Cinemas in Family Mall in Erbil, much to the delight of attendees.
Moviegoers watched a restored 3D version of Director James Cameron’s sci-fi classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger on the original film’s 25th anniversary.
The film isn’t being shown until midnight (12 a.m. Thursday) in theaters in Dubai. Rudaw Media Network and other companies co-sponsored the exclusive premiere in Kurdistan.
"As an athlete, I am really pleased to watch this movie due to an offer from Rudaw before the world countries. This is not the first such movie that has been premiered for our people," said Sarhang Mohseen, a former Erbil Football Club goalkeeper who attend the event.
The restored Oscar-winning film has been called the “cinema event of the year” because of its cross-generational rebirth.
Mohseen hopes this trend continues: "I am very happy that [Empire] Cinemas is setting a precedent for the people of Kurdistan."
The 2 hour, 24 minute action film is now being shown for the general public at Empire Cinema in Family Mall.
Another attendant said he enjoyed being able to see the movie before people in other nations have.
The 3D conversion of Cameron’s 1991 blockbuster uses 4K Ultra HD technology and was recreated by the film director’s own production company Lightstorm Entertainment.
“Terminator 2 has stood the test of time and is still hailed by critics as one of the best sci-fi movies in film history,” Elizabeth Frank, Executive VP at AMC Theatres told Variety magazine in June. “Now, the newly restored version of the classic will take the already extraordinary special effects to a new level.”
Terminator 2: Judgment Day required a $102 million budget to make in July 1991 — the most expensive film made at the time of its original release date. It has grossed $519.8 million worldwide and won four Oscars.
The late film critic Roger Ebert's website gave the movie 4 out of 4 stars.
"The film's reactionary politics are essentially dated, though there are several modern fanatics who embody the paranoiac impulses that compel self-styled freedom fighter Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) to fight against mental institutions, the police, and common sense to stop artificially-intelligent computer system Skynet from obliterating humanity in a nuclear war," read a review from Simon Abrams, a film critic on the website.