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Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. While quarantined in the transit lounge until authorities can figure out what to do with him, Viktor simply goes on living -- and courts romance with a beautiful flight attendant.
This is about a man who is stuck in an airport terminal and he can barely speak English. I'm not quite sure how Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg pull this off, but they did.
I don't know how many times I've watched this film. One more time I caught it on tv and I couldn't resist.
Viktor Navorski is probably one of the sweetest characters in cinema and one of my favorite Tom Hanks performances.
It's so sweet and warm, I always feel great after watching it!
Marking the third collaboration between Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks after Saving Private Ryan & Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal is an intimately crafted, light-hearted, feel-good romantic comedy that, thanks to Spielberg's assured direction & Hanks' heartwarming performance, succeeds with a smooth take off, stable flight & safe landing over the course of its runtime.
Inspired from a real-life event, The Terminal tells the story of Viktor Navorski who arrives at JFK airport from a politically unstable country only to find himself trapped at the terminal for his passport is no longer valid & he can't be deported back because of the outbreak of war in his homeland. Stuck at airport for an unspecified time, he ends up making this new place his…
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The Terminal was a film that was frequently visited in my adolescence, a favourite within our home, evoking an accessible and sentimental tone that once in a while strikes me, filling my insides with warmth; a film that immediately places a smile on my face right from the start. This is Tom Hanks not in his most complex and demanding of roles, but it is the one that got through to me since my initial viewing; powered by primarily nostalgia, the loneliness and heartbreak he endures is worthy of my sympathy, and it cannot be helped, but I gain a sense of awe in his ability to create an entirely new language…
I've seen The Terminal at least six times, and it never gets any less entertaining. It is charming, simple, lighthearted, and refreshingly isolated. The entire film takes place in an airport, and the entire film focuses on Tom Hanks building relationships and learning the ways of American life. He is the nicest man you'll ever meet, and people enjoy him for it. There really aren't any thematic or existential ideas to write about, but that does not take away from the film at all. Many consider this a wasted collaboration between Spielberg and Hanks, they couldn't be more wrong. Sometimes cinema is best when it functions as the most pleasant way to pass time.
So, the best way to learn a foreign language is to get stuck in its airport?!
But that annoyance aside, Spielberg proves he is the master by turning what should be shit, into a brilliant movie. And in Victor, Tom Hanks has found a character fit for his talents.
The Terminal is a film that tells a story that can only ever be real within the wonders of cinema. And The Terminal is a film that makes each and every one of us love the wonders of cinema.
What a delightful film.
Lovely film - Hanks is brilliant. A few sideline stories that are too short to be captivating, but the main thread is delightful even without being realistic.
It's strange that Spielberg would make something so generic and safe at the point in his career where he had began to become increasingly critical of American ideals and the idea of escapist cinema in general. The film begins as a promising indictment of the ways that the mantra stated to Viktor upon his arrival "America is closed" has become the norm in the paranoia following the 9/11 attacks. However, the film quickly loses interest in exploring anything emotionally and ideologically complex and instead becomes loosely organized around the idea of waiting (Viktor for the war to end and for the chance to fulfill his promise to his father, Amelia for her relationship with a cheating man to work itself…
Film 20/30 of Scavenger Hunt #1!
Task #9: "A film where a character, or characters, goes into an airport!"
Technically, he never goes into the airport, he tries to get out.
Finally, I got to watch The Terminal, which was for a long time on my watchlist. First I was afraid it would be too simple and repetitive for a two hours long movie and it would not draw enough potential of the premise.
It is the best Spielberg-Hanks combo I have seen. The movie is wonderful and emotional, Tom Hanks as the lost and confused foreigner Viktor Navorski gives one of his best and most likable performances. The excellent direction creates the Spielberg-moment through the most intense scenes.…
My favourite Spielberg/Hanks pairing. I am grateful to my parents for introducing me to this film.
Film # 17 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 8" Challenge
Task # 9: A film where a character, or characters, go into an airport
And then there was “The Terminal”, a movie so likeable and sympathetic that it’s hard to be critical about it. Spielberg has done it again, to show us a small, goodhearted person in a big, bad world.
Everyone who has passed an American shark at an airport knows what Viktor Navorski is going through when his passport isn’t accepted: free America is closed because of some dumb rule. Viktor is forced to stay at the airport, for a little longer then he wanted. It’s all very original.
Tom Hanks, my favorite, is again sublime…
My mentioning that I like this one on Facebook while watching it proved more controversial than any political opinion I've ever shared on there - even Spielberg's most ardent defenders mostly hate this one, it seems. I won't make any major defense for it - it's slight as hell, and it'd be better off without the romantic subplot - but it's one of Tom Hanks' best comedic performances, and it's fun to watch Spielberg apply his prodigious understanding of filmmaking craft to a light comedy like a master chef making French toast. Also, viewed now, its generous, humane take on post-9/11 America makes for a nice contrast with the many bleak and ominous movies from the same period. I know you're all rolling your eyes at this, and that's fine. Krakozhia!
Film 1/30 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task #9: 9. A film where a character, or characters, goes into an airport!
5 out of 5 (Enjoyed the film from start to finish)
This is my second time watching The Terminal and I've grown to appreciate it very much. It's a really well done movie - more so that the film largely takes place in an airport and very minimal visuals of glitz Hollywood stuff. Viktor's (Tom Hanks) character is very endearing. He's such a sweet character and Tom Hanks portrays him really well. The story itself is very interesting. While in mid-air, Krakozhia, Victor's home country, is in turmoil. He arrives in the JFK airport…
Film #2 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task #A film where a character, or characters, goes into an airport!
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from The Terminal going in. On the surface it looks like a bit of fluff that might be a bit too schmaltzy and feel good but I remembered it getting a good critical reception and when I saw it was Spielberg I knew there would have to be something more going on, and there is. While The Terminal is a great excuse for some silly slapstick, weird accents, family friendly humor, and a feel good ending it's not without some darker and more contemplative themes. The Terminal…
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