Terminal List series review: Chris Pratt’s military drama is a boring affair with an indulgent script (Latest Exclusive)

The review of the terminal list series: Chris Pratt just can’t win. Recently, the actor has launched such lackluster projects that you have to look back on his career and think about what went wrong. Gone are the days of Parks and recreation and guardians of the galaxy (however, he has some interesting upcoming projects), and we have entered the era of Jurassic World Dominion and Tomorrow’s war. Pratt definitely needed a win. Watching The list of terminals trailer, I thought this sounded like a great thriller to check out and Pratt is out of his comfort zone here. Much to my disappointment, it was just another military schlock that ended up being a dull, boring affair. The Tomorrow War Movie Review: Chris Pratt’s Sci-Fi Actor Has A Solid Concept But Is Disappointed With An Incoherent Script (Latest Exclusive).

The list of terminals is written by David DiGilio and is based on the novel of the same name by Jack Carr. Following Commander James Reece (Chris Pratt), we see him leading his entire platoon of Navy SEALs in an operation that turns out to be a setup. Heavily marked by it, he returns home with a very disjointed memory of the events that have taken place. As new evidence arrives, Reece realizes that all is not as it is and discovers that there are people after his life, as well as his family.

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The list of terminals begins with a covert operation to apprehend a high-priority target. This opening scene of the show was perhaps the most entertaining part of it, after which it regularly dips. With pickets in the air and a tense atmosphere being created, it is revealed that the enemies were actually waiting for the soldiers on the other side and a massive firefight erupts. After Reece takes a heavy toll on his team, they decide to back down and escape.

Now the reason why this is the most interesting part of the series, because it was the only point where the plot moved at a normal pace. It was well thought out, the plot was present and the action well shot too. After that though, it’s just a series of people watching to sit around and do nothing.

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For a thriller The list of terminals barely delivers on it. Every trope you might have expected from a project like this is present here, and it makes for such a monotonous viewing. Much of this has to be partly tied to how uninspired Chris Pratt’s character feels. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Chris Pratt, and he does his best with the material that’s given here, but a lot of his writing feels uninspired. A military man who does military things while trying to uncover a conspiracy. There’s nothing for him other than Pratt trying to elevate that role with his skills. Even efforts to anchor him with his family ended up being a failed attempt to try to get the public to sympathize with him. Elvis Movie Review: Austin Butler’s Elvis Presley Biopic is a bold, exuberant film fueled by the eccentric direction of Baz Luhrmann (Last Exclusive).

Constance Wu always manages to bring her an A game. Playing journalist Katie Buranek, she has that sense of curiosity that keeps her from being boring. Perhaps the most interesting character in the series. Taylor Kitsch as Ben Edwards also provides some meaningful heartfelt moments, while Jai Courtney and Sean Gunn are quite enjoyable in their appearances here. Overall, the actors do their best, but they can’t get rid of a rather poor plot beneath them.

A photo of the list of terminals (Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video)

So many The list of terminals is not only inclined to want to be a military drama, but also a spy thriller in which it ends up losing all its flair. There’s no sense of levity or even personality to the story framing here. It will make you want to do drugs after the first episode. After James Reece’s umpteenth pedantic research into what really happened, I wondered what the point was. Even well-framed action scenes can’t save it.

The list of terminals feels like zero dark thirty (interestingly, also featuring Pratt) mix with The Bourne Identity, and it’s a recipe for disaster considering how different they are. Even Antoine Fuqua’s directing here couldn’t salvage this banal plot, and this man is known for making clichéd stories very exciting. Interesting ideas are presented at every turn, but The list of terminals throw those away for more superfluous drama. The Black Phone Movie Review: Ethan Hawke and Mason Thames’ horror flick is a thrilling experience with a supernatural twist! (Last exclusive).

A photo of the list of terminals (Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video)

The list of terminals sometimes can even be borderline self-indulgent with the way he tries to convince you it’s smart. Had the plot twists been delivered with proper buildup, the landing might have been better blocked, but it’s just mired in layers of fuzz.


The cast does its best


Uninspired plot

Boring and monotonous

Final Thoughts

The list of terminals is everything you shouldn’t do when creating a thriller. From the banal written character of Pratt to a plot devoid of any levity, this is a thriller series that doesn’t capitalize on, well, the thrills. The list of terminals premieres on Amazon Prime Video on July 1, 2022.

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