A painfully withdrawn drama set in a train station, with only an ambiguous name to showcase afterwards
For a fleeting moment, Terminal looks to be a visual marvel with its incredible sets, neon signage and vividly quirky style spread across all of its production. But after watching even a minute of the bizarrely constructed story, Terminal’s reality as a painfully disastrous drama becomes vividly clear. It is unsaveable, and unsavoury, and Margot Robbie’s ‘Harley-Quinn-lite’ performance only adds to the shame, making it an absolute washout.
Annie (Margot Robbie) is a hit woman looking to clean up and control all contracts for a mysterious crime lord. With multiple targets living in the big city, Annie looks to remove them with a multitude of crazy methods, appearing as many different forms of her own unstable personality.
Beyond the odd interaction, Terminal simply does not make sense. There seems to be no motives for the actions characters take, no purpose to the words they say and absolutely no cohesion to any of the dialogue written in the script. It constantly feels roughed together with a glaze of neon and big names plastered on top, in the hope of the aesthetics winning over the audience.
The conversations are slow and stodgy and the mystery Terminal seems so hell bent on creating just becomes uninteresting and flawed. Director Vaughn Stein has sacrificed all of the film’s substance for one hundred percent style, offering a piece that looks bright but acts dull. Without any real intent, even its neon signs start to become an absolute eyesore.
Margot Robbie gives her crazed assassin some sense of intrigue, but it’s essentially her vision of Harley Quinn’s (Suicide Squad) shadow. Even then she far outshines the rest of the cast, and that says a lot when there are some big names donning the credits list (Simon Pegg, Mike Myers etc.)
Terminal is as pointless as it is weak, and shows exactly why so much of the time has been put into making it look like a modern, up to date movie. It offers no surprises, no pleasure and absolutely no quality, becoming a painfully withdrawn drama set in a train station, with only an ambiguous name to showcase afterwards.
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