The Terminal List: Review That Draws Blank on Amazon

The Terminal List: Review That Draws Blank on Amazon

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Chris goes to war

At the beginning of the first episode, Chris Pratt’s voice-over recites a passage from the Bible while his character, in full dress uniform, attends a military funeral with a serious and sinister expression. The scene shows him planting his Navy shield on a coffin along with the last of the three hits of the three-volley salute, then the narration returns.two weeks agoto explain how it got there.

In just one minute terminal list brings together almost all the unbearable clichés of a bad series of the genre and will continue to pile on the others for the nearly hour-long eight episodes that could have easily been condensed into a two-hour feature.

The terminal list: photo, Chris PrattThere’s Chris Pratt and lots of American flags blowing in the wind.

In this series adapted from the first of five Jack Carr novels about the same character, the actor plays James Reece, a squadron commander of NAVY Seals who was massacred during a special operation featured in the introduction. One of the rare flashy action scenes and almost well shot..

Returning home with a nasty concussion, hazy memories, and worrying post-traumatic symptoms, the elite soldier tries to figure out what happened and ends up (quickly) discovering that he is at the heart of a military conspiracy which was aimed at him and his men (or his “brothers”, as they call each other).

The terminal list: photo, Chris PrattThere’s Chris Pratt and Riley Keough, sometimes fast

The story could have stopped at what the trailer foreshadowed, and that would have been pretty cool. However, what starts out as a fairly basic paranoid thriller it suddenly turns into a silly punctuated revenge story when James Reece decides to make a list of the people more or less involved in what happened to him and kill them one after another. From there, the narrative structure becomes even simpler than in a video game: each episode corresponds to a new target to kill in the name of these values ​​that are justice, patriotism and love.

After accepting that the dialogue doesn’t make sense and that the photography is terribly flat (or horrible flat) from start to finish, terminal list maybe I could have enjoyed it as a kind of Punisher of the poor, if the series were not taken so seriously and the characters were characterized a little.

The terminal list: photo, Chris PrattThere’s Taylor Kitsch, often on a boat with Chris Pratt


Like Chris Pratt, who became a lavishly paid stoic mass of empty muscle, terminal list It has no nuances, it has no emotion and follow this soldier who eliminates Mexican hitmen, shady businessmen, terrorists, and corrupt soldiers without distinction or restraint.

Even if some are played by fairly recognizable faces, like Nick Chinlund, Sean Gunn, or Jai Courtney (surprisingly good, compared to usual), all the characters on the list only exist to being bad and executed by James Reece in outrageously graphic violence most of the time.

The list of terminals: photoThere’s Jai Courtney and her really inconvenient minions who want to get Chris Pratt.

When he’s not planning his attacks, shooting whatever’s in front of him or hooking a guy’s intestines to a pipe before ordering him to walk to his death, the flashbacks come to outline his story, but these sequences are unable to transcribe her trauma or make the character only human.

It doesn’t matter if the other good guys keep saying James Reece is a good guy, a war hero, or a “victim“, his crusade is no more virtuous or cathartic, and even the show doesn’t seem to know whether to condone their actions, condemn them, or denounce the war. and the system that spun him out of control.

That’s arguably the most unnerving, aside from the predictable twists, dripping symbolism, and programmatic characters: throughout the eight episodes, terminal list pretends to have a richer and deeper story to tellWhat minesweeper Where american sniper.

The list of terminals: photoThey are JD Pardo and Christina Vidal, following in the footsteps of Chris Pratt

Constance Wu plays a reporter specializing in Navy SEALs and corruption who investigates Reece and his squad, while Jeanne Tripplehorn plays a Secretary of Defense who tries to alert the government and the public about the mental health of the special forces deployed every time. more frequently. Two intrigues that would at least have made it possible to address issues with some resonance, but that remain woefully underexploited alongside the “hero’s” obsessive and bloody quest for revenge.

Same for the rest of the cast. Riley Keough, though mentioned in the credits, doesn’t seem like enough to express his fabulous talent, and every time he removes his sunglasses for the camera to capture his dark, brooding gaze, Taylor Kitsch Proves She Deserved To Be In Chris Pratt’s Place in the title role instead of playing a former Navy SEAL turned CIA agent.

The terminal list: photo, Chris PrattThere’s Chris Pratt showing off Chris Pratt’s rusks

Despite the poverty of the writing or the realization, the few sequences they share contain an amazing alchemy, bringing authenticity, humor and emotion which is sorely lacking elsewhere. When they storm a camp in Mexico with shotguns and flash grenades in the pouring rain while looking out for each other, the series would almost make you want to reconsider season 2 of true detective and that Reece adds a name or two to his list to go on other missions with his old comrade in arms.

The first episode, directed by Antoine Fuqua, can at least take advantage of the director’s experience to bring tension, nervousness and some control to the image. Instead, once he gives way behind the camera, the staging offers nothing original or forceful, even during the action scenes, which they are essentially based on overexcited cuts, pyrotechnic effects and blank bullets fired in all directions.

The list of terminals: photoThere is Constance Wu who does not want to be there and investigates Chris Pratt

Alternating between psychological drama, frantic chase and speedy justice, the series ends up copying The fugitive, The fall of the Black Hawk, Rambo and some Tom Clancy adaptations for try to fill a lack of ambition and ideas It shines a little brighter with each episode.

As a last resort, terminal list mostly looks like a new attempt by amazon after reacher for find a replacement Jack Ryan before retiring introduces another character from best-selling novels waiting to be adapted in future seasons.

The Terminal List is available in full on Amazon Prime Video from July 1

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