TERMINATOR 2 by James Cameron
INT. PARKING GARAGE
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John is frantically pumping the kick-start of his bike,
scared shitless and the damned thing won't start. His
hands are shaking so badly he can't find the choke.
He looks up to see --
The T-1000 running down the corridor toward him.
John fumbles with the choke. The bike catches. He slams
it in gear and spins the bike out into the main aisle of
John looks back... the T-1000 is behind him, running.
He twists the throttle and guns the little bike forward.
Incredibly, the T-1000 is gaining.
This nightmare isn't happening.
John races out the exit ramp, and charges right into the
John shoots into the busy traffic. Cuts off a BIG-RIG TOW
The DRIVER swears. Hits his air horn. What the driver
doesn't see is the cop, running faster than O.J. Simpson at
the airport, who emerges onto the street and runs back at
IN THE TRUCK
The driver hears a thump as something slams against his
door, then feels himself pulled right out. T-1000 slides
in and takes his place. The truck is still rolling along
about 25 mph.
T-1000 accelerates after John without missing a beat. It
can see him, up ahead, weaving through traffic.
Out of the garage entrance, Terminator roars onto the street
on the Harley.
He accelerates after the others.
EXT. FLOOD CONTROL CHANNEL
John slides his bike down the service ramp faster than he's
ever done it before. He races along the bottom of the canal,
turning into a narrower tributary which has vertical sides.
He looks back. No sign of pursuit.
Suddenly he sees the sun blocked out by a great shadow.
The Kenworth tow-truck... big as a house, all chrome and
roaring diesel engine... crashes through the fence and launches
itself right into the center of the canal.
It crashes down, 15 feet to the ground, going about 60, hits
at an angle and tears into the concrete wall with a hideous
grinding of metal. It ricochets back and forth between the
walls then, bellowing like a gunshot stegosaurus, it just keep
on plowing forward, gathering speed.
John looks back and sees this wall of metal almost filling the
narrow concrete canal and he milks every last bit of throttle
the little bike has.
The Kenworth is all muscle, tearing along the canal like a
train in a tunnel. Its big tires send up huge sheets of muddy
spray, backlit in the setting sun. It looks like some kind of
demon. And... it's gaining.
On the service road running parallel, Terminator is fighting
to overtake them. He looks down and sees John with the tow-
truck from Hell catching up to him. It is only about twenty
feet behind him and still gaining.
ANGLE IN THE CANAL
Looking back past a desperate John, at the wall of metal
filling frame behind him.
Terminator cuts the bike suddenly hard to the left, leaving
the road. Hitting an earth embankment just right, he jumps
the bike into the air like Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape"
and vaults the fence bordering the canal.
It slams down at the edge of the canal and tears along, inches
from the drop-off on a dirt path, accelerating past the truck
in the canal below.
John hits some water and slews momentarily, loosing speed.
The massive push-plate on the front of the truck slams into
his back fender. Panicked, he pulls a little ahead.
All this is happening at about sixty miles and hour.
Top speed for the little dirt bike.
As Terminator jumps the bike again. This time the 700-
pound Harley sails out into space and drops into the canal.
It arcs down between the truck and John, hitting on its wheels.
It bottoms out, an explosion of sparks under the frame.
Only the ultra-fast reflexes of a machine could keep the bike
upright. Terminator fights for control.
He guns the throttle and the powerful bike roars up beside
John's tiny Honda.
Terminator sweeps the kid off his machine with one arm and
swings him onto the Harley, in front of him. John's Honda
weaves and falls, smashing instantly under thundering tires.
The Harley roars ahead. It hits eighty. Ahead is an overpass,
and supporting it is an abutment which bisects the canal into
two channels. The Harley thunders into one channel, which is
essentially a short tunnel.
The truck can't fit on either side. Neither can it stop, at
that speed. Tires locked, it slides on the muddy concrete and
piles into the concrete abutment at seventy.
Terminator and John emerge from the tunnel, looking back to see a
fireball blasting through behind them as the truck's side-tanks
Terminator stops the Harley. John peers around his body to see
the destruction. A burning wheel wobbles out of the tunnel and
flops in the mud. Terminator revs the bike and they roar away,
down the canal, disappearing around a bend.
ANGLE ON THE FIRE
As a column of black smoke rises from the overpass.
Smoke boils from the tunnel as well, and inside it is a solid
wall of flame.
A figure appears in the fire.
Just an outline. Walking slowly... calmly.
The figure emerges from the flames.
It is human-shaped but far from human. A smooth chrome man.
Not a servo-mechanism like Terminator is underneath, with its
complex hydraulics and cables... this thing is a featureless,
liquid chrome surface, bending seamlessly at knees and elbows
as it walks. It reminds us of mercury. A mercury man. Its
face is simple, unformed.
Unruffled by thousand-degree heat, it walks toward us.
With each step detail returns.
First the shape and lines of its clothing emerge from the
liquid chrome surface, then finer details... buttons, facial
But it's still all chrome. With its last step, the color
returns to everything. It is the cop again... handsome young
face, blond hair, mustache. Icy eyes.
It stops and looks around.
It is a perfect chameleon. A liquid metal robot. A killing
machine with the ultimate skills of mimicry for infiltration
of human society.
As several police cruisers and a fire truck pull up.
T-1000 climbs out of the canal behind them. More cops arrive.
T-1000 blends in perfectly. There are always cops at diasters
and scenes of violence. We now see why its choice of protective
mimicry is so perfect.
It walks among the other cops unnoticed.
Gets into one of the squad cars.
Starts it and drives away.