Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
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.
(at 29:43-31:40) in the cafe scene between Annie and Bill, Annie's pencil appears and disappears behind her left ear. See more »
There is a place like no other on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say to survive it you need to be as mad as a hatter, which luckily... I am.
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.
I don't think you're supposed to smoke in here.
Guess I've sinned again then.
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Yes, this movie is probably not everyone's cup of tea. I very much liked the chamber play like reduction of characters, scenes and places, and the gaudy but dark colouring (no oxymoron here). However, I can understand if this strikes some viewers as exaggerated or arty. The same is probably true for its plethora of cultural references and slow pace.
Apart from that, Terminal is a solid mystery thriller with some nice twist, for which enough hints are delivered to anticipate them, but still enough doubt is being spread to keep you guessing. What I liked most is that more or less all characters are introduced as likeable, even if some of them are not.
For better viewing pleasure, I would recommend not to learn too much about the film in advance. I was lucky enough to know only a few details and would have preferred not to know that revenge is part of the plot.
The writing was great, it featured enough humour to let the drama get close to you, eventually. The cast was at least convincing but mostly excellent.
By the way, if you wonder about the headline: go see Terminal.
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