Nobody messes with Annie
5/10 - More style than substance, Terminal looks cool but the narrative doesn't quite work
Release Date: 
Friday, July 6, 2018
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Margot Robbie plays a mysterious waitress obsessed with death in this noir thriller


Margot Robbie's production company LuckyChap Entertainment got off to a successful start, with its first release I, Tonya landing a Golden Globe nomination and Robbie getting an Oscar nod.

Although it's unlikely that Terminal, the company's second release - which was actually filmed first - will enjoy the same acclaim, given that it's s a messy, confusing movie.

The film follows separate storylines - Robbie plays Annie, a mysterious waitress who works at a dingy cafe in a disused train terminal.

One evening, she strikes up a conversation with a teacher named Bill (Simon Pegg), who is battling a fatal illness, and they discuss death and the pros and cons of suicide.

Other patrons of the cafe include Vince (Dexter Fletcher) and Alfred (Max Irons), two assassins who are awaiting a message from Mr. Franklyn about their next job, while Mike Myers makes his screen comeback as an oddball janitor Clinton, who roams the halls of the terminal.

Terminal is a hyper-stylish movie, with every scene beautifully shot and lit - from the disused terminal to the city's dark landscape, which is reminiscent of Batman's Gotham City, but with added neon signs.

Robbie's character is a master of disguise, so she gets to wear a multitude of incredible looks, including drastic hair and make-up changes.

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WhileTerminal may be great to look at, but there is no depth to the story at all - it is all very surface level.

You never know who anyone actually is so you can never get invested in what happens to them.

Pegg's storyline seemed like it didn't really belong in the film and was an added bonus, even though his conversation with Annie was one of the highlights of the movie.

The story jumps between the different storylines in a confusing way, as if the director/writer Vaughn Stein is trying hard to make you wonder how their stories connect, what Annie's involvement is, and the identity of the mysterious criminal mastermind Mr. Franklyn.

The latter can be guessed a mile away, but luckily, there is one last twist you won't see coming, and it comes to a weird, bloody conclusion that still fails to satisfy.

Robbie lights up the screen and captivates with her glamorous looks and kooky British accent, but the same can't be said for her supporting cast.

Myers, covered in a ton of prosthetics, is just plain weird, in a baffling way, while the others didn't get much chance to stand out.

Terminal looks incredible and has interesting characters,but unfortunately it didn't know what to do with them or how to make their storylines connect in a satisfying way.

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