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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.
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!
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.
Wow, only Steven Spielberg could make a movie that has virtually one setting and a main character who barely speaks english a great and fascinating movie. This movie had such heart and feeling. It was fun and very well done, it never got boring and had such life and emotion. Tom Hanks manages to seem like a lost and naive foreigner perfectly, and Catherine Zeta-Jones played a troubled flight attendant that balanced Hanks's role perfectly.
Right from the beginning you felt for the foreigner, especially after one has spent the night in an Airport. The script was unique and original and to be honest when I first saw the concept I scoffed and thought it sounded strange and like it…
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…
"Who the fuck gets married in an airport terminal to someone they've never met?" is, among others, one of the many philosophical questions asked by Steven Spielberg in the Terminal.
Some movies tug at your heartstrings. The Terminal, with its flagrantly feigned sentimentality, rips your heartstrings out and then proceeds to defecate on them. Once your heartstrings have been thoroughly submerged in fecal matter, it puts the concoction into a blender with a half-assed script and then attempts to funnel the resulting mixture down your throat for two hours.
Sorry for the imagery, but it was the best analogy I could think of for listening to Tom Hanks flirt for two hours about Napoleon in a horrendous Russian accent. This…
Sometimes, there are films that make me wonder why I even bother to watch cinema. I show respect to the picture by sitting quietly in front of it, allowing it to plead its case to me, and all who choose to watch. We hear its argument, and can then deduce whether the film is worth seeing again, or worth recommending to others. In the case of a film like Nacho Libre (for example), I am disgusted by the entire affair, and I wonder if watching movies and taking the time to critique them is even worth it. But ultimately, it is absolutely worth it. Because, for every Nacho Libre or The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I get to talk about a…
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. - IMDB
It's crazy to think that this is a Spielberg/Hanks collaboration. I feel like this is one of the more forgotten films from both of the legends of film from the past 30 years. Especially since it's them working together, and making a fairly decent movie here.
Remembering when it came out there was a lot of criticism around the film, mainly pertaining to the fake country of Krakozhia and the pretty scattered Eastern European accent that is used by Hanks. I can look past all that for some of the other elements of the film that I liked.
What I did like was the overall sentimentality that didn't reveal it's head until necessary. That blindsided me and was pretty heartfelt. So much so that it bumped this film up half a star in my rating.
I don't know about this movie. It's obviously well-made and Tom Hanks's performance was more than respectable, but it didn't make sense at places and felt tacky at others. Meh.
I've just recovered and republished another ten-year-old review.
Near the end of Steven Spielberg's new film The Terminal — an ambitious, whimsical and sentimental movie similar in tone and gloss to 2001's Catch Me If You Can — one of the characters proves to be quite a juggler. It's a delightful moment, primarily because we know we aren't watching a special effect. Kumar Pallana's really juggling those hoops and spinning those plates!
Likewise, Spielberg's film is a juggling act that keeps the audience enthralled with small wonders and dramatic crescendos, even though he drops several of the hoops he's tossed, and some of the ideas spin out of control and crash to the floor in a cacophony of Hollywood clichés.
Tom hanks is my favorite actor and every film that i watch that includes him are amazing, The Terminal has a touching story, finding out a way to survive, just to be able to fulfill a promise. falling inlove, making friends. amazing film, worth watching.
Yes it is overly sentimental, it is overlong and clichéd. But it is also impossible to resist the heartwarming, fuzzy feeling it provides. A film that is so calculated really shouldn't work. But it does.
The Terminal is a movie top heavy with ideas, originality, and talent. But ultimately, it’s a story without a base. There’s no bottom holding everything on top together. It lacks a reason for being. It lacks a significant message. But it makes up for this lacking in ways that are rarely seen.
Usually, no matter what genre of movie, cynicism will worm its way into modern, high-profile cinema. Modern, high-profile cinema is not “pleasant” by nature. For the most part, sincerity is shunned in Hollywood. Which is what makes The Terminal so strange, and so enjoyable - it’s a good-natured movie that wears its heart on its sleeve. The strand of cynic in me was kind of taken aback by…
When you think of Steven Spielberg, its easy to fixate to big blockbusters and forget that Spielberg has 100s of films with drama and heart. This is one of them.
Now, not knowing much about Internal law and regulations, I'm not 100% sure how feasible this films premise is. It seems actually inhumane. And at times its illogical. However, I knew this coming in, and I sat down accepting the premise and waiting to explore the situation and the world at hand.
Tom Hanks just reconfirms why he is my second favourite actor of all time (sorry Tom but that accolade goes to the legendary Jack Nicholson). Sure, his accent may falter or may not be 100% accurate, but he…
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