This is a movie to keep watching to the end (by cosmoastro)
This movie is a gift. After watching multimillonaries films. This has everything. Action, suspense, and a sci-fi touch. From the start, you don't know what will hapen. It's a matter of time, and until the end, you won't know the true. The actors did well. Of course, the actors aren't soo famous. That's why is underrated. But the acting is well done. The family don't inmerse in an ouwful drama. The issue keeps around a mysterious artifact. It is for good or for bad? Many answers. But instead other sci-fi movies all the questions will be answerd. The visual effects are <more>
credible, you notice they worked very hard. And the actors did a great job, even they don't requires a great acting. You won't loose your time. Give it a chance.
I just watched this movie with some friends and was blown away by how good it was! It is quite literally one of the best movies that I've seen.I loved the cinematography and the foreboding sound effects. Those two elements along with the compelling story line, well thought out characters, acting and script, make this movie really great.This movie is a slow burn, and it simmers to make a tense and dramatic and action- packed thriller. It's like a soup that takes a while to cook but ends up tasting better because it cooks at a low simmer.I want to say "Awesome job to everyone <more>
involved with this film." This movie is a lot better than some of the 100-million-dollar and higher movies that I've seen that use the same A-list actors but have terrible plots and don't give us a reason to care about the characters.In this movie, I was given a reason to care about all the characters.Excellent movie all the way around. Highly recommend.
Please ignore the pseudo movie critics (by onlinesurvey98)
So many pseudo critics writing out of a basement who think they understand SCi Fi. This is not a cowboy and aliens movie nor another episode of Star Wars. This is an intelligently scripted piece of cinematography that actually shows some character development following a solid story. This movie is about the destructive nature of the human race who will stop a nothing to see this planet obliterated. As expected, the help will come from above in an alien form sent to save us from total annihilation. A well written, played and directed Adam and Eve story which will not disappoint despite the <more>
fact that this is a low budget movie. Please, ignore the bad reviews and give this movie a try.
I specially write this review hope it will help in some ways in promoting this film. I almost did not want to waste time to watch this movie due to some negative comments of few critics who says its boring etc... Well.. Luckily i did not believe them totally.. I just try out to watch it without expecting much. When i finished this movie.. I find it meaningful and i enjoyed it.. I don't see there is any problem with this movie and certainly its not boring to me.. I hope there are people out there who are willing to give a shot watching this movie and enjoyed it like i did. Thanks to all <more>
This is not a movie for those who expect a typical Hollywood sci-fi flick. Definitely not.The movie shows an oppressing picture of an Orwellian, dystopic America - not in the far future but right now in the present. It is reducing itself to the point and is pretty straight-forward and sincere about it. It does know exactly that it can only cite because a lot of those scenes are very well known already, which makes it even more intense in my opinion. Also the dialogs are reduced to the essential, no smart tricks, no lengthiness. To the point.The movie doesn't try to tell you something new, <more>
it recaps and reminds. And it still holds on a tiny friction of whats left of hope. Because hope dies last. From my European view this makes it a very American movie what I like - although its an Australian movie which was surprising for me. But it has a clear, universal message, that is pretty much addressed at me and my own country as well. A message that has been told before, right, but is nevertheless worth telling again and again.I can see why this movie might look like one big cliché. But I object. Its a great movie with great pictures and great actors. It doesn't pretend to be something else than a straight-forward punch in your face.
Frankly, Terminus is smarter than those leaving the exaggerated negative reviews here. That might explain the "booooring" reactions to this very nicely turned, intelligent plot line that places character development at the center of an interesting take on how an alien intelligence is responsible for a hinted at 21st century version of Adam and Eve. Jai Koutrae, Kendra Appleton, and Todd Lasance turn out terrific, understated performances; the script is compelling and held my interest from the opening moments. The Brian Cachia score is first rate and sustained the almost nourish mood <more>
throughout. It's sometimes forgotten how important the music is to driving the plot line . To echo another reviewer's comment, Mark Furmie's direction is indeed, "motivated and inspired." If you're expecting the typical dumbed-down, mind-numbing tripe that passes for sci-fi née fantasy these days think auto-bots and Marvel comics , you'll be disappointed. But if, for example, Ex Machina and Under the Skin appealed to you, and you're looking for low-key, intelligent, well performed and directed story-telling, you'll enjoy Terminus.
Solid film making in the almost non existent Australian Sci Fi genre (by timbosssss)
The core premise of Terminus is an interesting one, involving one mans journey of redemption in a world headed for apocalypse. What unfolds is a solid film that could be the beginning of a promising career for director Marc Furmie. The viewer must understand how hard it is to make a genre film in Australia. But this is never an excuse for poor storytelling. The script is good but not great- the story definitely borrows from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and Marc Furmie shows his respect to classic films from the 70's and 80's. There aren't too many original ways to spin a <more>
sci fi yarn these days and this one goes for the heart, with a believable father and daughter relationship that isn't overpowered by action and special effects which are very well executed . One has to admire a director who can work with a limited production budget in a local film industry that is extremely difficult to get a film off the ground at all. The story unfolds carefully, we are introduced to a troubled man David Chamberlain Jai Koutrae who has lost his wife, and things are hard as he struggles to provide for his teenage daughter Annabelle Kendra Appleton . From here he has an encounter with an alien life form with healing powers that draws the attention of some government operatives with ulterior motives to use the extraterrestrial powers for purposes in a global war that is at the threat of nuclear destruction. Jai Koutae's performance conjures a little bit of Matthew McConaughey, and his quest is quite believable as a man with a past who follows his convictions. The standou performance is by up and coming actress Kendra Appleton. Her portrayal of Annabelle feels at all times real and she does well with the above average script, delivering her lines with conviction. She elevates the film and we care about her character. The peripheral characters are quite cardboard, obviously put there to drive the events forward disgruntled sidekick who gets into bar fights and helps the main protagonist achieve his goal and government agents working against the protagonist with nasty motives . The choice to set the film in a small American farming town but actually filming in Sydney, Australia was one to obviously attract an broader audience is somewhat questionable to me. The thing that made District 9 work was the fact that it embraced Johannesburg, South Africa as a setting. The Australian actors doing American accents do a good enough job, but they don't feel grounded in reality, the intangible character nuances of small town US folk are all missing from their performances. Kieren Fowler's cinematography is classical with its use of dollies and tracking shots, only going for hand-held at certain key moments. This was a good choice however the lens flares are a little overbearing at times. The score feels like your standard sci fi flick, Brian Cachia manages to rouse the emotions in the later half of the film but unfortunately it feels a little derivative and uninspired at times. I would recommend this film to Sci Fi fans, don't expect anything new, but there is a bright future for director Marc Furmie and up and coming actress Kendra Appleton.
For a low budget film this one is "must see"! (by Autarchus)
I have read a number of reviews on this site and disagree with most. I have read nearly 330 science fiction novels and with the exception of a few you can pretty well see what is coming. This movie was a delight in that the end was never obvious until you experienced the climactic scenes. This movie is a low budget masterpiece in the same vein as "Crawl or Die" which was done for $6,000.00. I am sure the budget for this film was higher but I liked both equally in that the endings were surprises. The cast was great, the acting was spot on. The character development was complete if <more>
you pay attention some have criticized it . One reviewer noted that the actors were "obviously" meant to be cheap replacements for Christian Bale and Guy Pearce. I agree and throw in Amy Smart while you are at it. These actors did all three proud if that is what the intention was. The cinematography was done with low cost equipment but it was very well directed giving the audience the views it needed when needed. I, frankly, was amazed at the quality. One possible drawback to some is how the depressing the overall mood is at the beginning but that is integral to the story. Just so you know, I am a big fan of this type of film ... two of my past favorites are "Zardoz" and "The Quiet Earth" to give you an idea. If you liked those films you will enjoy this one.
Character Driven, Introspective, Apocalyptic Sci-Fi_Not "Cowboys & Aliens" (by blackcabprod)
"Terminus": Starring Jai Koutrae "Death's Requiem", "Benjamin Troubles" , Kendra Appleton "In Your Dreams", "Blue World Order" , and Todd Lasance "Vampire Diaries", "Spartacus: War Of The Damned" , "Terminus" is tautly directed by Marc Furmie "Death's Requiem", "Airlock" .What can I say about "Terminus"? The logline reads and I quote IMDb here : "Following a near-fatal accident, David Chamberlain makes an unprecedented discovery that will not only determine the fate <more>
of his family, but of mankind." Well, that's your typical movie sound-bite that makes Hollywood film producers wet their pants by telling the Attention-Deficit-Disorder public everything and nothing in one sentence. So let me fatten that up a bit and clarify not really any spoilers here, so do not fret . After the so called "near-fatal accident" Jai Koutrae drags himself from his overturned vehicle, in effort to follow the lead of some mystery figure person? who may or may not be a mere hallucination brought on by a major concussion. Rebuffing the likely delusions perpetrated by brain injury, Koutrae manages to find himself a life-giving "pod". This "pod"––obvious to any Sci-Fi geek or anyone not suffering brain trauma––has to be from outer-space. OK, now that's all I'm willing to reveal about the story. Go find "Terminus" and watch it, if you want to know more. It's worth the search. On that note...Marc Furmie's directing is motivated and inspired, which is somewhat belied by the cerebral quality of the film––my latter point meaning, Mr. Furmie places a greater emphasis on the drama and the characters driving the story, than the trappings of the typical Sci-Fi CG effects heavy, alien monsters laden, blah-blah-uhggg, movie. Thank you, sir, for your impassioned focus. Which brings me to Jai Koutrae.Koutrae has again pulled off an intense performance; one that often appears as placid as a cold lake, but flares with explosive poignancy revealing just how much pain his character is suffering right below the waterline. His portrayal of David Chamberlain, an out-of-work, small town, backwoodsie, middle-American tough-guy-with-a-broken-heart, is realistic to a T. And although Koutrae is an Aussie from Downunder, his American accent is flawless.The next outstanding performance comes from actress Kendra Appleton, who plays David's Koutrae's equally heartbroken and nearly estranged daughter. Her character, Annabelle Chamberlain, is truly the pivot the heart around which "Terminus" arcs. Appleton exudes great depth of sentiment, but not cheap sentimentality. She's young, beautiful, and full of hope and compassion for her father, but is also haunted by her equally tormented soul. And when it comes down to the wire, like her father, she can be pretty damn tough and merciless in fight, too.Our third lead in "Terminus" is actor Todd Lasance. His performance of the itinerant––potential danger and baddie––Zach, is solid as a rock. At first an angry loser coming from nowhere, and on his way to some other nowhere, he quickly reveals his deeper pain and compassion, as well as his hard-boiled anger at the world. The human destruction he has witnessed, and been participant in, has scarred him emotionally, very nearly to the point of no return.In "Terminus" the planet is on the brink of global nuclear war. This is only a backdrop at first, but eventually floats to the forefront as a very real possibility. Overall, "Terminus" is populated with dark characters trying to make there way through an even bleaker world; each fighting for hope and life in their own way. Even the FBI agents threaded throughout the film, are doing their damnedest to perpetuate hope and life, although their poor decisions and near radicalism constantly made me wonder if they weren't the true evil in the story. Possibly they were Marc Furmie's way of holding up a simple mirror to reflect back the infinitely complex nihilism and savagery that has plagued humanity since the beginning of time.I highly recommend "Terminus" for its grim, yet inspired view. Its morbidity and its sometimes-violent passions and compassion. The film is not unlike a single flower that somehow blooms in the middle of a deep, dark death-valley.