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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!
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.
In a sentence, Tom Hanks makes The Terminal a smooth take-off, thanks to his heartwarming performance. Give any genre to Steven Spielberg & he'll still be able to surprise you & that's what he did with this romantic comedy.
Based on a true story, this film is smartly directed with nice balancing between humor & other elements of this film, presents an innocent romance between Hanks & Catherine Zeta-Jones' characters, is elegantly captured by its wonderful cinematography and features superb performance from Tom Hanks & fine contributions from its supporting cast.
Even though the second half is less impressive than the first, on an overall scale, The Terminal is crafted with genuine care and remains a sweet, gently made, heartwarming tale of American dream, innocence, compassion & love.
Whether it’s from 1941 to Raiders of the Lost Ark to E.T or from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to The Colour Purple or even from Jurassic Park to Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg has proven himself to be one of the most versatile directors in the history of cinema. He once more proves it when making the shift from Minority Report to The Terminal.
The Terminal is a very basic yet very effective romantic comedy about an immigrant named Viktor Narvoski, played by the brilliant and charming Tom Hanks who is forced to reside within JFK airport when his country goes into war and manages to render his VISA useless.
The casting is terrific. Tom Hanks as Narvoski…
This film is yet another example how hit-or-miss Steven Spielberg has been in the last 15 years, though I would be inclined not to immediately dismiss him as a filmmaker (he is still one of my favourite directors currently working), but rather find an answer to the question why "The Terminal" sucks balls.
Having seen it last time during its theatrical run more than a decade ago, I had mostly fond memories associate with this film. And now that I've revisited it, I can see how I had these thoughts in the first place. Here I'd give Spielberg credit for doing a remarkable job as a film psychologist, because thanks to his sometimes overly sentimental approach to storytelling, he confidently…
SPIELBERG EN FASE TERMINAL.
El hecho de utilizar una cinta con un subtexto político (ficticio) que levita en segundo plano constantemente como filtro para que las grandes marcas estadounidenses se den la mano en un gozoso ejercicio de product placement documentado parecería una aberración si no fuese porque Spielberg es quién toma el cañón. En todo caso, es hasta comprensible.
Si alguien esperaba un drama lacrimógeno con referencias al 11-S y carga social adquirida, que se vaya olvidado. Y mira que Spielberg podría haberse adelantado a Greengrass y su 'United 93' (2006).
Una de esas cintas a las que Spielberg no nos tiene acostumbrados, y aunque no es su registro habitual, pasa desapercibida, quizás, por el poco empeño que le…
An overly long, overly sentimental film, that has some interesting themes such as what it is to be a immigrant in a strange land, and how we treat people in our society. But none of these ideas are really tackled in a realistic way, and Hanks plays it way too broad at times. The romantic subplot doesn't really work and slows down what is already a film that's episodic in nature.
A surprisingly entertaining, if overly sentimental tale of a man stuck for several months in an airport terminal, waiting for his home country's war to end.
Hanks is Victor Havorsky, an Eastern bloc citizen who is not allowed to leave JFK airport due to airport security boss Tucci's combination of rules and plain malice.
What follows is a fish-out-of-water scenario, though confined to the mall-like confines of the airport terminal.
What works is the way Victor wears down the airport staff and makes something of himself. What doesn't work is the awkward romanced that Victor strikes up with flight attendant Amelia (Zeta-Jones), which is forced in both concept and dialogue. It distracts from the film and ends up not paying…
Caused severe mood swings.
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport and must take up temporary residence there.
Uplifting human parable, made in good taste and humour.
I just don't understand the hate this one gets. It seems so sincere to me which is why I go along with it all. It is all done with the best of intentions and that is enough for me. Also, I would say Hanks gives a pretty good performance. It is not easy to do what he does and not be annoying.
SIlly and melodramatic, I love it anyway
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