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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…
Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) has just arrived at JFK from one of the old Soviet satellite states. Unfortunately whilst he was flying revolution took place in his country meaning that his visa is no longer valid. More worryingly, neither is his passport - he can't enter the US and can't go home, so has to stay in the airport terminal. Those in charge of immigration would like him to try and escape so that he becomes someone else's problem, but Viktor is completely oblivious to all this as he befriends various airport employees.
I found the film unfunny (except for the telephone interview) but it was saved by its ending which I liked a lot.
De estas películas que existen para hacerte sentir mejor y convencerte de la bondad del ser humano. Con un poco/bastante de suspensión de incredulidad por tu parte funciona mientras la ves porque Tom Hanks es un amor, el mundillo del aeropuerto es fascinante y el humor a lo largo de la cinta te predispone a ser benévolo con un tramo final que chirría ya como la puerta de una peli de terror.
A veces parece como si el cambio de siglo no hubiera llegado a este aeropuerto (esa Catherine Zeta Jones que no puede ser sin un hombre, esa pareja que se casa sin conocerse en persona)... Pero bueno.
Pobre Stanley Tucci, se ha quedado anclado en papeles de calvo.
I have seen this film perhaps more times than any other. It's simple and far from perfect... and yet i love it.
The story is original, Hanks is great, and it has some beautiful moments.
My rating will likely be exceptionally higher than most... and I am AOK with it.
Tom Hanks plays a tourist from a made up European Country which has collapsed due to a coup, upon landing in New York and being named stateless is prevented from leaving the airport. This is possibly Steven Speilberg's weakest movie (Which i have watched). Stanley Tucci provides decent support as an over zealous security Chief. Catherine Zeta Jones appearance was minimal enough to ensure i didn't switch off entirely.
A surprisingly good feel good movie about a man with no nationality living in an airport. Tom Hanks is always excellent as the Everyman and ince again he is called upon to carry the whole movie.
What can i say? This film is great. He's such a poor guy and you don't know, until the end of the film, why he even wants to go to new york.
It's funny so often and sometimes i couldn't stop laughing.
It's just great, that's all!
forever a favorite
I guess I sorta liked this when I initially saw it upon release, but I haven't given it any thought since, which makes it one of the few Spielberg films that feels truly forgettable. It's not his worst, and it isn't even really bad, it just feels pointless, which is frustrating when coming from a master filmmaker such as Spielberg. He's basically trying to make a Capra-esque, feel-good fantasy but it doesn't work because it never commits entirely to how fanciful it exactly wants to be. It also doesn't work because Stanley Tucci's rote villain character is not only entirely superfluous, but his motivations make zero sense, and thus the entire movie makes zero sense. It still works as well as it does thanks almost entirely to Hanks' 100% committed and convincing performance. Even though very little surrounding him works (apart from Spielberg's expected technical excellence), he remains charming and charismatic enough to pull you through.
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