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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Stylish but violent, empty attempt at a modern film noir.

Movie NR 2018 95 minutes
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This modern film noir looks great, all shadows and neon lights, but the characters are shallow and all too obvious; even the twisty story feels routine. Crafted in the Pulp Fiction/Usual Suspects mold, Terminal marks the feature debut of writer/director Vaughn Stein. The movie's setting is inspired, generating an almost entirely artificial world devoid of daylight and using deep spaces to ominous effect. And Robbie is easily the best thing in the movie -- both smart and wicked, she uses her powerful allure to steal scene after scene. If the character were more nuanced, she could have been one of the great femmes fatales.

Alas, other actors don't seem quite as comfortable. The normally warm, funny Pegg seems wasted playing such a forlorn character, and Myers -- in his first live-action movie role in nearly a decade -- is all crazy makeup, fake accent, and fake limp. Fletcher provides some nasty fun in a role that's not too far away from the one he played in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, and Irons is a good foil for him. The problem is that Terminal seems too aware of its own cleverness. Its attempts to hide clues are a little labored, and then the final reveal comes totally out of left field, rather than from within the fabric of the story. With a little less style and a little more story, it could have been a solid crime thriller.

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