Blu-ray Review: TERMINAL

TERMINAL was written Vaughn Stein in his feature film directorial debut and stars Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons and Dexter Fletcher.

In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, 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.

Terminal takes place in a dystopian society that’s familiar looking yet it’s a completely anonymous location. The story centers around Annie (Margot Robbie) who makes her way in and around this neon lit city where she encouters these men who all have some kind of mysterious conncetion to her – but they aren’t aware of it until she lets them off the hook. There’s Bill (Simon Pegg), a chain smoking loner who Annie befriends in the restaurant she works in. There’s also Alfred (Max Irons) and Vince (Dexter Fletcher) who are kind of this hit men duo that Annie comes in between. Last but not least, there’s Clinton (Mike Myers), a mysterious custodian who also helps connect the dots to the entire story as well as add a huge twist to the playbook.

Annie is the kind of character you have to keep a close eye on because there’s two sides to her as she plays this messed up game with all of these men. There’s a reason behind what she’s doing because it’s all about revenge when it comes to her well executed plan that’s full of surprises as well as another major twist. As big as Clinton’s twist is, Annie’s is much, much bigger. The beauty takes care of business with each unsuspecting victim that she easily draws into her sinister traps. As the movie plays out, the connections between Annie and these men all come together but the big shocker is a super double dose of insanity as Annie’s killer journey comes to a satisfying ending.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Terminal was a fun watch but unfortunately it was also a flawed one. I think the story ended up being the weakest link here because it’s kind of messy and the characters weren’t as interesting as they should’ve been. I liked the characters but some of them were just missing something. Don’t get me wrong because the cast did a good job with them so I kind of have to chalk this one up under the writing flaws as well. The things I liked about it were the fantastic cinematography and set designs because Terminal is a stunning slice of cinema – that’s for sure. The eye popping comic book-style movie looks like it could take place just south of Sin City or down the street from Gotham and you’ll quickly notice this when you watch it. I’m aware that this was a passion project for Margot Robbie who also served as a first time producer as well as the beautiful lead character. She gives the movie its sex appeal as well as its killer instinct with the end result being a stylish noir thriller that’s worth a watch. Terminal will be available on Blu-ray on June 26th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include three featurettes that include interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at the movie and some images.

  • “The Cast of Terminal” featurette (06:14)
  • “Building the World of Terminal” featurette (06:14)
  • “From Concept to Creation” featurette (02:05)
  • Photo Gallery (00:18)

 

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