Terminal

review by Bobby Blakey

I love films that are a bit out there especially if they offer up something worth checking out. There are films that feature a great cast, but for whatever don’t get the big release and more often than not it quickly becomes clear to way. The latest Terminal features a great cast including Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Matthew Lewis, Max Irons, Dexter Fletcher and Mike Myers in his first feature in years, but does it bring anything interesting to the table that helps it stand out or will it fail to make the hit?

 

Terminal follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress leading 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 hell-bent on revenge. I knew nothing about this film going in other than I loved the cast. The majority of the film is interesting enough, but isn’t overly exciting making it a bit of a struggle to fully get into it at first. Thankfully that doesn’t last long as things start to interlock and take on a darker tone.

 

The cast is all great with Myers getting to step into a seemingly smaller role, but one that is great fun to watch and offers up the most entertainment in regards to standout characters. Simon Pegg plays a more serious role here as a man dealing with an illness. He is an interesting everyman that is something this film needed but in the end is more than you might expect. The rest of the cast are good, but this is Margot Robbie’s show all the way. She brings her usual charisma, beauty and power to the role creating a character that is not just another pretty face and way more layered than I had expected.

 

There is a lot here that I cannot say without spoiling it but that is what made it work for me in the end. Where the first half of the film is average at best, the second half offers up some great twists that viewers will no doubt love. Sure some of them are easy to figure out early on, but there is more to it all and when it all comes together makes the film at as a whole so much better. This is one of those films that is not for everyone and I can see how some might not like it and I was one of them until that last half sucked me in.

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