11 May 2018 | tomholland2016
Terminal is the Movie that Lets You Wait at the Station for Hours...
Unknown, bewildered and mysterious. Those are the words that appear across your mind as this tarted-up noir feelings cartoon shows itself with flamboyant colors spread around the hollow space of the ominous underground of terminal.
This dark tale focuses on a few key characters and their conversations and meet-ups with a deranged waitress played by none other than the charming with talents, Margot Robbie. The Terminal opens with Ms. Robbie as Annie who meets with a priest that will lead to a number of assassinations and overly complicated double crosses which is unbeknownst to the audience before the story uncovers itself layer by layer.
The plot is hazy and foggy for the first ride of 20 minutes but it does take shape beyond that that gives the thinking of alerting the audience to stop daydreaming and start paying attention as the story begins to properly revolve and complete its messy puzzles.
Most of the plot and character developments here willingly to take in the form of twists. There are three major twists deliver within this movie and two of them are quite unexpected but stay to its relevancy of the unnecessary draggy and hard-boiled dialogues.
Encountering the frequent odd happenings and disjointing scenes, time doesn't always move in a linear fashion here. The reason here is because Terminal is mainly relegated to two separate narratives that never quite intersect as a whole. It touches briefly upon another and moves on again with their story back and forth. What is even worse is those two separate entities entitle to slow down the front gear with the misdirection of irrelevant talkings however, they later on become somewhat important for the twists at the end gear that the audience could never see beforehand.
Robbie serves as the personification of what we imagine a femme fatale would be, she delivers her character deep into dark territories as her face morphs into an evil-smiling mad scientist and scary-looking enchantress, hoping that the people watching may madly falling in love with her overly done character, or so you thought. Of course, Robbie does well with her performance as usual but the servings of the substances for the movie lacks the foundation of a truly good movie even far from being a masterpiece artistry of work.
While the recent trailers and neon-lighted posters let on that this is a revenge story, well not so much. It's more of having a porn-fashioned movie with mesmerizing colors and sparkling environments igniting the dark empty world of crime.
Verdict: 49/100. Hands down, I can guarantee it is one of 2018's best looking visuals, the visually stunning colors and dazzling cinematography mimics Suicide Squad, another movie with the presence of Robbie of a different genre that holds the identity of the true definition of 'style over substance'. Robbie may save this movie, cracking the judgments on two sides of which she may or may not. If you love Margot Robbie, then give it a try. Her performance here is the solid proof for her to get that Harley Quinn spin-off film made, already.