Terminal (2018)

Brace yourself for a trip down a rabbit hole where each character is equally mad as a hatter. This dystopian Noir has all the essential cinematic elements (e.g. literary references, an anonymous setting with faint whiffs of Americana), which masterfully serve the plot rather than the other way around, to the extent the multiple nods to various familiar stories feel as though every influence has led to—and culminates in—this dark comic come to life. Restraint and consistency keep it from drifting into the cartoonish realm of flat caricatures, fizzling story lines and sloppy plot holes. As the king said to Alice in Wonderland, “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

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