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Terminal: Morbid Margot Robbie film noir fails miserably
August 5, 2018
“Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling, from glen to glen, and down the mountain side…” sings the harrowing and eerie whistle that echo’s in a gloomy, abandoned underground train terminal.
Within this dark, empty and sinister space, the smallest sound is intensified in the cold, blue flickering shadows. Absolutely not the kind of place anyone would want to be after hours alone, unless you’re Bill, (Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz) the retired teacher with an unknown and incurable illness, now leading him to ponder an alternative route to death.
Colliding with, not a train, but with Mike Myers’ (Austin Powers) peculiar caretaker character Clinton, who comes across as a lonesome, quirky nobody with a curious shimmer of mystery. “End of the line cafe, situated on the station concourse, open 24 hours a day, why not purchase one of our delicious sticky buns, only 30 pence” Myers to Pegg.
A seemingly less of a morbid ‘end of the line’ option for Bill, and it’s here that the location is set for the majority of his scenes in this film noir. Now, seen coughing over his coffee in the quiet neon lit café, he’s interrogated albeit accompanied in depressing one on one dialogue with a curious ‘bottle blonde’ waitress, Annie. (Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad)
But, there’s more to this creepy terminal than just old Mr Clinton. Suspicious missions that intrigue two incompetent hitmen into finding a cryptic briefcase stashed away in a locker from a notorious Mr Franklin, who only communicates via muffled telephone. This unconvincing yet likably duo Vince (Dexter Fletcher) and Alfred (Max Irons) don’t seem all that bothered that they’re knowingly working for a renowned murderous criminal. Their cockiness and self-involvement adds a splash of lighthearted comedy and colour for our enjoyment.
Annie, cunningly swoons her way in and out of each scene in various alluring and deceiving roles amongst our mix of characters. Her dark revengeful personality insinuates to us that she has a twisted revenge in motion, we’ve just got to put the clues together.
The best bits of the film for me were a couple of scenes between two young and inexperienced muggers that lurked around the terminal. Colliding with a suicidal Bill (Pegg) he passive-aggressively responds “This is ridiculous, you going to butter me to death? I’m very disappointed in both of you, you’ve let me down and you let yourselves down, something to think about isn’t it?”
Well, same might be said for this movie really, I was enjoying it for some of its peculiarity and the bouncy behavior between characters storylines. The anti-utopian-like set’s lit with glowing neon signs and the fantastic movie score by Rupert Gregson Williams were superb, but these likable elements unfortunately fell apart for me when the plot took a super weird turn and crashed full-speed into a disappointing ending. I wouldn’t go as far to say I wouldn’t recommend it, but I don’t think it’s all that award worthy, which is a shame really seeing as the cast are exceptional actors, made me wonder how they ended up in this one. Watch it for its melancholy and quirky scenes but don’t get too excited.
Terminal is out on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital and On-Demand on 6th August.
Review by Lisa Coleman @Lisa_D_Coleman
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