terminal

Director: Vaughn Stein (debut)

Starring: margot robbie, simon pegg, max irons, and mike myers

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★

A film noir taking place in a train terminal at night. Add 2 male assassins, female assassin, waitress, teacher, janitor and crime boss. Add revenge. Who says mystery is a lost art?

Robbie. Pegg. Myers. Irons. Fletcher. Can't go wrong, right? Unfortunately the results are terminal. Sorry. Had to be done. 

In the dark heart of a sprawling and anonymous city, two assassins carry out a sinister mission and a teacher battles a fatal illness, while an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress lead a dangerous double life. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind who is hell-bent on revenge.

Have you seen Terminal before? Its that dark noir set in a slightly dystopian fantasy world with intrigue and mystery around every corner. You have seen it before. And you've seen it done a lot better. 

First things first. The setting of the dystopian mystery city adds nothing to the film. For Children of Men the dystopian world setting was integral to the plot. Terminal could have happened in any present city environment and it just feels a bit wasteful. 

The pacing of the story is quite slow and if you haven't figured out the twists 30 minutes before they are revealed they are usually a trick that you've seen countless times before that doesn't really work. 

The cast, ably led by Margot Robbie, try valiantly. But even Robbie's flashy grin and best Harley Quinn impersonation can't save Terminal from itself. 

I'm sorry to inform you. Its terminal.  

★★

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Terminal is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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