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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Director: Steven Spielberg / Actors: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta Jones ... / DVD released 31 January, 2005 at Dreamworks Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Box set, PAL, Widescreen

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      05.11.2013 18:21
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      A charming film with a very human element

      The Terminal, a 2004 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones, would seem at first a fairly unimaginative, plain plot which could not possibly be entertaining enough to keep anyone's attention for the 2+ hours it runs. The plot itself in a nutshell is that of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a Krakozhian national, being left stranded in a New York airport as his country falls into civil war and thus is no longer recognised as a sovereign nation. Unable to return to his country or to enter the United States, Viktor takes up residence in the airport, where of course love, friendship and emotive personal journeys all ensue. Reading this on a back of a DVD would not make this film an attractive option, but as with most hidden gems, the true value of this film is seen not in the gloss but in the end product itself. A terrific performance by Tom Hanks transforms this film and coupled with those light, human touches which we can all relate to (provided courtesy of Spielberg) creates a real connection between the viewer and the main character. Despite the cheesy Hollywood moments which will have you cringing in pain at several points in the movie, you keep wanting to watch and you share in all the ups and downs which the character experiences, which is the hallmark of any great film. I cannot abide spoilers and thus won't go into detail about the film's plot and development, but for those debating about whether to purchase this film, I can give an honest endorsement and say you will not regret it and will enjoy it many times after the first as well.

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        23.08.2011 13:53
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        Life is waiting for you to buy this DVD, a true gem by anyones standard.

        Opening Statement

        The Terminal is on first look a fairly basic film with a wafer thin plot which at the slightest knock could disintegrate leaving you with yet another Bargain Bin DVD. Luckily one key ingredient not only carries this entire movie but also helps produce a film that will have your imagination running wild and by the end of the film wondering how such a simple idea worked so well, that simply put is the acting.

        Facts of the Case

        Despite the films plot seeming rather unbelievable it is in fact based on the life of Merhan Neeseri, an Iranian refugee who from 1988 until 2006 had the unlikely postal address of Charles de Gaulle Airport, France. Granted the lead role in the Terminal, Viktor Navorski, doesn't have to wait 18 years until he's let out. Even so you will see he has very little luck stepping foot on American soil, only to find that his home Krakozia is no longer a recognised country leaving him with no Visa, no Passport and nowhere to go. The main battle he faces is with Frank Dixon, the man who runs the Airport who at first gives Viktor no choice but to live in the Terminal, but as time passes he finds himself trying to lure Mr Navorski into a number of traps in an attempt to get him out of his Airport. Viktor also finds himself befriending some of the staff including a very paranoid cleaner who is also using the Terminal as a sanctuary. His final obstacle is that of Amelia, an air hostess who he unwittingly falls for and you watch as he somehow manages to impress Amelia from the confines of Gate 67, the place he is forced to call home.

        The Evidence

        The light heartedness of The Terminal is it's biggest selling point. It's a very funny movie that will have you laughing at the smallest things. You'll feel sorry for him as he try's his best to tell one his friends not to cheat on the girl he want's to meet only for him to inadvertently tell him to 'Eat Chit'. There are no moments that make you wonder if that was purposely put in there to make you laugh, everything that makes you laugh is based on everyday actions that you would see any Tom, Dick or Harry do as they make their way through an Airport Terminal. The Human Interaction between Viktor and various workers also works perfectly, in example when the Guard is basically telling Mr Navorski that his passport has been revoked and he's not going anywhere you can't help but grin as he asks for a taxi and then tells him to 'Keep the Change'. It truly is a pleasure to watch Viktor as he does his best to make the most of his situation.

        The main role is of course played by the powerhouse that is Tom Hanks and this is by far one of the best cast parts in any movie I've seen to date. Hanks truly carries this entire movie from start through to finish, even on the rare occasion that it does drag he stills comes out and lifts the film always finishing with a flair. His Terminal sweetheart is played by Catherine Zeta Jones who you will struggle to connect with. Despite always wearing the quintessential British smile and giggle as soon as she explains that she is basically helping her boyfriend cheat on his wife you will dislike her and because Viktor is so loveable it's almost like a motherly instinct and you'll be trying to wave Viktor away from you saying 'she's bad for you' and 'you deserve better'. What's more I think she tries far to hard to live up to her co-actor Tom Hanks talents and sadly falls very short of the mark. Hanks was always going to be the key to this film and I don't think Catherine truly realised that and instead opts to play her part crudely, loudly and unprofessionally.

        Other notable parts include Stanley Tucci as Frank Nixon who does a superb job of being the man who you just love to hate. From the get go you get that unnerving feeling as you watch him working in the Airport, he is one of those people who will quite happily betray, backstab and hurt colleagues only to further his position and that sly quality is pulled of to perfection by Tucci. Barry Shabaka Henley, Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana also put together some good performances which help lift Hanks's performance even more so.

        The Rebuttal Witnesses

        There are few bad points in the Terminal although there are a few things which I think could have simply helped polish this movie from a glossy coat to a high buff shine. As said before the weakest point is Amelia, played badly and almost seems crow barred in so that the filmmakers had a love story to play with which was unneeded.

        Also the ending drags and nearly ruins the film, simply finishing at the Airport doors with a 'Fade to Black' would have been perfect but instead your sat their as you watch the Director trying to explain how important Viktors journey is, when all you want is for the curtain to drop and to wipe the tears from your eyes.

        Closing Statement

        Apart from those very minor bad points this film is still a pleasure to watch. It flows so nicely from start through to finish and even when nothing seems to be happening on screen before too long your in histerics as you watch Viktor trying to crack the in's and outs of Gate 67 and the Terminal.

        You can't help rooting for him as he struggles to fight Frank Nixons long arm of the law and you will be stuck to your chair until the bitter end, hoping that Mr Navorski will be able to walk through the Terminal doors with Frank looking on in dismay.

        The light heartedness of this film makes it a perfect movie to watch on a lazy Sunday evening as you and your other half are couped up in bed with nothing else to do and if you haven't watched it yet you should already be in the car and on your way to Blockbuster. Tom Hanks once again proves why his asking price of 30million dollars a movie is worthy every million.

        The Verdict

        Life is waiting for you to buy this DVD, a true gem by anyones standard.

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        28.02.2011 18:07
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        This is a review of just the film.


        I first watched the film called The Terminal a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it so I was well pleased when channel hopping yesterday and found it on again.


        The film stars Tom Hanks as Victor Navorski, who is an immigrant from the eastern country Krakozhia. He comes to the Untied States on a mission to fulfil a promise he made to his late father but on arrival at the JFK terminal he finds he has a big problem. War has broken out and his country has been overthrown since he left there and now the US do not recognise his passport so will not let him gain entry into the country. They also can not return him as there is no country for him to return to so they say he must stay in the terminal until they find a solution. They give him some meal vouchers to last him a few days but little do they know that Victor will be with them for a much longer period.


        I thought it was such an original story line, it was fascinating to watch. I really liked the way he managed to adapt the areas within the terminal to make himself comfortable and I loved the friendships he made with other members of staff there. The film had a nice romance going on as well through the film although this was not just the main story. It had a lot of feel good factors going on like the ways he helped his friends and they way they helped him back again.


        Tom Hanks was just brilliant in this part playing the eastern immigrant. I loved his accent and the little mannerisms he gave the character. You could believe that he was this person and not an American himself.


        Catherine Zeta-Jones played the love interest for Victor in the film, namely Amelia Warren, an air hostess who meets up with Victor but doesn't realise he is actually living at the terminal.


        Stanley Tucci plays Frank Dixon, the airport security manager who is hoping for promotion and wonders whether keeping Victor at the airport is going to wreck his chances.


        Some of the friends Victor makes at the terminal are Mulroy played by Chi McNride, Enrique Cruz played by Diego Luna and my favourite Gupta Rajan played by Kumar Pallana. There is a really funny bit in the film when you see him doing some juggling and it really had me in stitches.


        I would love to have this film on dvd and will be buying it as soon as I can. It is such a good film and one I can watch over and over again and still find it warm, funny and just brilliant.


        The film is directed by Stephen Spielberg and it is rated a 12a in the UK. It lasts for 128 mintues.

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        20.04.2010 15:09
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        A man gets stuck in an airport after his country falls apart.

        The film.
        Tom Hanks stars as Viktor, a man arriving at New Yorks JFK airport who gets stuck in the airport because of bureaucratic glitches with his country. Because of this he is not allowed to enter the US and he cannot fly back to his country.
        Inside the airport, with no money, no friends, no where to sleep and a limited use of the English language, Viktor begins an adventure where he must master the English language and learn how to survive living in the terminal.
        At the same time as surviving the daily turmoil of finding food and making friends Viktor also meets a young woman who he gradually begins to fall for and who gradually falls for him. At the same time as all this is going on, Viktor also has a secret, a reason why he is in the US, a reason why he must find a way to survive life in the terminal and eventually complete his journey.

        My Opinion.
        When I first heard about this film I must admit I was a bit dubious, not really sure how an hour and a half of watching someone live in an airport could actually be entertaining, but like Tom Hanks has done on many occassions, he changed my mind and made me a fan of the movie.

        Watching Hanks learn to understand how things work around him and understand how to communicate was brilliant, but the most fantastic thing of all was watching him slowly convert everyone around him to his gentle, kind way of thinking.

        The humour throughout was typical of Hanks and there were plenty of jokes to keep smiles on faces. He has this natural ability to just get you to laugh at how he reacts to things, especially in this where he is palying a foreigner trying to adjust to our ways of thinking.

        What really got me into this film other than the humour was the deep stroy of why Victor had made his journey. It was a stroy that slowly unravelled throughout the film and I had to keep watching just to find out what it was all about (you do find out at the end).

        All in all, I liked this film and thought Tom Hanks did his role justice. It is soppy at the same time as being funny.

        I would recommend giving this a go if you get a chance. You can get it for about a fiver from Amazon but I picked it up for £3.99 from Tesco.

        It runs for 2 hours and 8 mins and is rated a 12. No special features unfortunately by then again, who cares! ha, ha.

        Enjoy!

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          13.02.2010 20:12
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          A clever and insightful film

          The Terminal is not big fare for Steven Spielberg or Tom Hanks, but it is no doubt a very good film, and it's the sort of film that typically, the Hollywood elite make after they've won an Oscar and have comfortably established themselves as talented, acclaimed artists. Spielberg's effects-laden set-pieces are nowhere to be found, and instead, the Master tries his hand at something a little more down-to-Earth, in a classically old-fashioned yarn that's a whole lot of fun, and best of all, it's refreshingly unpretentious given how a film like this would so often be molded into "Oscar bait". With a perfect co-ordination between Hanks and Spielberg, as player and director, this is a great character piece that's got a real heart and soul while also being pretty hilarious.

          Given that Spielberg's direction is a bit more muted here, most of the praise goes to Hanks, who plays Viktor Navorski, an immigrant who winds up stranded in JFK airport, given that he is unable to come to the U.S., and hasn't got a home to go to either. In the airport, he meets people from day to day, making friends and often swapping absurd little anecdotes that provide a lot of the film's charm and humour. He also meets a potential love, in Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta Jones), and no matter what the outcome of each exchange, he leaves a stamp on everyone he meets. Hanks's endearing performance reminds us why he's so revered, even if it's not a hugely flashy role like Forrest Gump.

          The Terminal is a simple and simply effective drama that hasn't got pretensions to wide social commentary, yet it of course manages to field out a few important remarks on the immigration system and nationality as being representative of who we are. It's crowd pleasing from start to finish, offering up drama and humour in equal measure, and is one of those rare feel-good films that manages to put a smile on the face without it ever seeming forced, contrived, or overly saccharine.

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          12.02.2010 02:46
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          A different kind of film that deserves to be given a chance

          The Terminal stars Tom Hanks and is directed by Steven Spielberg which is about a guy named Viktor from East Europe who has travelled to the States and has ended up at JFK airport. However, his native country, Krakozhia has been destroyed which, effectively, renders his passport useless and US airport immigration are none too keen to let him through. So, Viktor takes up accommodation at the airport and meets some interesting characters who eventually become his friends. A flight attendant, played by Catherine Zeta Jones, comes into his life and the two become romantically involved.

          This is an unconventional film that plays out as both a comedy and a romantic drama.

          It's a little unlike Spielberg to direct a film of this nature but as the years have gone by, he has kind of wound down a little as a director and doesn't seem too interested in directing big SFX pictures anymore.

          This is an interesting film that charts Viktor's stay at the airport and how he copes with his day to day life there.

          The film deals with the differences between Viktor's culture and the USA's by showing some amusing scenes.

          The head boss of immigration, Frank, is absolutely desperate to get him out of the airport and into someone else's hands but is continuously made to be disappointed by Viktor's antics.

          One such example is when Frank literally lies to Viktor that he can walk through the doors into the US, thus framing him, but Viktor is too wise and doesn't dare to.

          These scenes are made to play out as examples of comedy as we see the frustration on Frank's face and just has to put up with Viktor as an unusual resident of the airport.

          Catherine Zeta Jones performance is quite generic. Not much stands out with her, apart from her obvious good looks, however she is there purely to be the love interest to Viktor. Her character is not at all interesting unless you consider her whining about how badly her ex boyfriend treated her, entertaining.

          You may also call this an adventure film of sorts, albeit, an unusual one with all the going on's in the airport and occasionally, Viktor comes to the rescue to sort out, for example, a security situation.

          The film can be quite fascinating when the film show you a realistic idea of what goes on in an airport 24 hours a day, especially behind the scenes.

          Anyway, I'm waffling.

          This is a film that's on for around 2 hours and while it may appear to sound dull for a film to take place at an airport for that amount of time, this is an entertaining one and probably a movie that you haven't quite seen the likes of before.

          Recommended.

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          25.01.2010 01:55
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          Entertaining and light hearted

          The Terminal is an original idea for a romantic comedy that features Tom Hanks as an Eastern European man entering the United States of America in the main role. I wasn't too sure about it when I watched it for the first time but watched it on DVD the other week and it's not too bad, if not highly improbable.

          We all know that airports can be bad places to be if you are delayed and very lonely as well. Well imagine if you were stuck there indefinately and couldn't leave! Tom Hanks plays Viktor Navorski in this movie and has a problem. He has just entered the United States from an Eastern European country. However, while travelling so in transit, a military coup has taken place in his country, rendering it no longer recognised by the international community. This means that he cannot enter the USA, and for legal reasons he cannot be deported back. Of course, he does not want to go back anyway as he has come to the country for a specific reason. This unfortunately leaves him in limbo in the airport unable to exit the airport into the US or go back to his home country.

          So, for Viktor the airport becomes his indefinate home and he has to start a new life there for the time being! Over his time there he learns English, gets to know the staff who work at the airport behind the scenes and even gets himself a job helping out around the airport. He then develops a romance with one of the stewardesses who passes through the airport played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

          The Terminal is an original idea for a romantic comedy, more original than most, but at the same time pretty unimaginable. This movie is in fact based on a true story and the combination of Steven Spielberg directing and Tom Hanks putting in a good performance makes this movie very watchable. His characters is very likeable and you do warm to him throughout really.

          Stanley Tucci plays Frank Dixon in this movie and is equally great. Frank Dixon is the man who has to deal with the situation in the airport and wants to stay within the law but also turn a blind eye and let Viktor leave discreetly as having him living in the airport is a problem for him. He is sort of the bad guy but you can never really hate him as he's trying to do his job. Catherine Zeta-Jones is the stewardess that Viktor falls for and she plays her character well too and adds warmth and feeling to the character.

          For me I found the movie a pretty good balance as there is drama but also a fair bit of humour mixed in, plus the romance interest going on all the time. It is for the most part a light hearted story but you do feel sorry for Viktor throughout. I found it quite enjoyable with a solid script, if not really plausible.

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            09.11.2009 15:44
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            A man is stuck in the terminal of an airport!

            The terminal is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones.Do I need to say more to tell you that you NEED to watch this film?

            Tom Hanks play Victor Novorski,an eastern european tourist who reached JFK airport but is not allowed to enter U.S since his country got involved in a battle which made him a citizen of no country(or none that US officials can recognize).Since he can't be deported back where he came from(Remember US officials don't consider himself from a recognized country),he is compelled to stay in the airport till the issue gets fixed.

            You might wonder how can the story move forward with such a plot? But it does and how! A lot of credit should be given to the writers for writing such an original piece of script. Victor can't speak proper english and doesn't completely understand what is actually going on. With the dream of entering US and also the strife to continue living inside a terminal with no service at his disposal he decides to get things into his own hands.

            The film is full of interesting sequences and you wonder how innovative the screenplay is.Catherine Zeta's entry as an airhostess and Victor's romantic angle with her is a treat for the vieweres.Along the way,Victor makes new friends in the airport and somehow affects their lives in his own small way.

            This film belongs to Tom Hanks! From the first scene,he catches the audience's attention and carries the weight of the film on his firm shoulders.His nuances and mannerisms are fantastic, and there is nothing better than watching the master at work here. A poor show here could have spoiled the film.Its his charming portrayal that is the soul of the film.The character experiences lots of emotions and Hanks portrays each fluently.Catherine Zeta has a small role but one that adds spark to the film.

            This is fantastic storytelling from Steven Spielberg.This film does show his tight grip on different genre of films and certainly adds another feather in his cap.

            Don't miss this at all!

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              15.09.2009 11:41
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              An enjoyable film with clever subplots and acting

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              I have been meaning to watch this for a while, but the thought of a story about a man who is stuck in an airport for days on end didn't really appeal to me. Having now watched it, I urge any of you under the same impression to give it a go. It's light-hearted and funny, with some marvellous acting and a good collection of subplots that keep it going.

              Viktor Navorski is visiting the US from his Eastern European country. While in the air, there was a revolution, and by the time he lands, his country is not internationally recognised. This is how we are introduced to the film, as the poor guy is grilled by Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), in charge of Homeland Security for JFK Airport, despite not understanding a word of English.

              Dixon explains that they can't let him in, nor can they send him home, so he must stay in the international lounge until it is all sorted. Viktor then sets about making the place his home, despite Dixon waiting for the chance to deport him if he breaks international laws by trying to escape through the double doors and into New York City.

              While this is the main plot, it would flop on its own, and be boring. There are subplots galore, with the various airport staff, their romances, lifelong wishes and daily routines all playing a part in this quirky and enjoyable film. Hanks is fantastic as Viktor, entirely convincing and full of charisma and innocence. Catherine Zeta Jones plays the trolley dolly who whistles in and out of Viktor's life every time she comes through, and Tucci is entertaining as the fast talking official who just wants Viktor gone! The remainder of the cast give strong performances, with everything being a little bit tongue in cheek and relaxed.

              If I were to have a criticism, it would the realistic nature of the film. Most of the events just wouldn't happen, and Viktor learns the language quicker than anyone has ever learnt any language. Security is rather lax in places, and the staff seem to go anywhere and do anything whenever and wherever they want, without any restrictions. In short, the whole place would be open to smuggling and corruption on a daily basis were this actually the setup. The real deal is a lot stricter.

              I really enjoyed watching this. It comes in at around the 2 hour mark, and is full of entertainment. The gentle pace of the music adds to the atmosphere, and the enjoyment factor is heightened by the different subplots that Viktor becomes involved in. Okay, it's not an astounding film that will knock you off your socks, but it's well constructed, well acted, and very enjoyable. I recommend you give it a go.

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                01.09.2009 15:25
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                enjoyable and funny film to watch.

                Introduction

                The Terminal was a film released in 2004 and is classed as a comedy drama. It has some great funny moments and also contains more serious situations and dialogue. It is an enjoyable feel good type film and I believe it works quite well without being too complicated.

                Plot

                The plot involves the character of Viktor Navorski who is a man from a fictional Eastern European country (Krakozhia) and is travelling to New York , America. While Viktor is flying to JFK Airport, his country Krakozhia has been overthrown with no nation recognizing the new regime, therefore all government papers such as passports, visas and currency issued by Krakozhia are also not recognized internationally. With only these papers in hand when he arrives at the airport, he is not allowed entry into the United States.

                Navorski is a man with a country that the U.S. cannot recognize. However, he also can't be deported so he is told by the Security Manager, Frank Dixon(Stanley Tucci) that he has to remain in the airport until his status can be fixed. To complicate matters Navorski doesn't speak English well, so no one can talk to him and he also finds it difficult to talk to anyone. He somehow adapts though and sets up residence in the airport, which makes the man who placed him there unhappy because, it seems he is line for a promotion but Navroski's presence might cause problems in that. So he tries to get Navorski to leave but Navorski remains where he is. Navorski makes friends with some of the people who work in the airport and is attracted to a flight attendant he runs into whenever she comes in,Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones).

                Opinion

                Instead of going for the latest in special effects or new original ways of storytelling and editing, Spielberg goes back to a simpler form. This results in a film that is quite different to most and in itself is surprisingly refreshing. It is a movie about characters, not plot. About emotion, not CGI. It's a true heart felt piece of work. It's funny, it's cute, and it always keeps you interested.

                Tom Hanks leads an exceptional cast as Viktor Navorski, a man stranded in JFK airport, not welcome in the U.S. and having no country to come home to. Throughout the experience he makes friends, a love interest, and a rival. He changes all of their lives during the process. That's to be expected from a movie like this. Tom Hanks is totally believable as the character he plays. He is supported by a cast which helps the movie and the comedy tick along nicely. Catherine Zeta Jones also plays her role well.

                The movie is not complicated at all and probably one of the good things about it is it's simplicity and also because it is a bit of a feel good film. It is a bit slow moving in places but overall it is an enjoyable and funny film to watch.

                Film details:

                Directed by Steven Spielberg

                Produced by

                Steven Spielberg
                Walter F. Parkes
                Laurie MacDonald
                Andrew Niccol

                Written by

                Andrew Niccol
                Sacha Gervasi
                Jeff Nathanson

                Starring Tom Hanks
                Catherine Zeta-Jones

                Music by John Williams

                Cinematography Janusz Kamiński

                Editing by Michael Kahn

                Studio Amblin Entertainment

                Distributed by DreamWorks

                Release date(s) June 18, 2004

                Running time 128 min.

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                  26.07.2009 16:54
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                  A Really Good Spielberg Film but not Brilliant

                  In 2004 Stephen Spielberg created one of the most convincing and exciting movie sets of his entire career. A superb, custom-made terminal in a New York airport. The construction of this fantastic wonderland was designed by Alex McDowell. His realistic but magical world was a fitting environment for the camerawork of cinematographer, Juanusz Kaminski.

                  In the Terminal, Kaminski uses his camera like an agile athelete flitting from manically driven tourists, security guards, airport employees, bustling immigrants pushing and shoving; in pursuit of airline tickets, souvenirs, alcohol, food and information. Like a cross section of an engine we see the internal mechanism of a terminal; with a fantastic mixture of textures, fine details and a kaleidoscope of colours and light. Filled to the brim with extras the set becomes a small, complete world of American life; frenetic consumers, a bombardment of advertising, excessive information, fast food, post 9/11 anxiety, and frothy cappuccinos.

                  Deep in this goldfish bowl Spielberg plunges a foreign guy, by the name of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), into an overwhelming situation and traps him there. Navorski learns form the blabbing airport TVs' that his homeland, Krakozhia, is in trouble. Its government has been overthrown by a military coup. In real terms, he doesn't have a country anymore and can't return even if he wanted to because American planes aren't allowed in. Also, he isn't allowed to step foot on American soil. Viktor can only speak a few words of English, and he has no friends to help him. He is abandoned, bumbling around the terminal under the watchful gaze of the airport's top security officer, Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci).

                  Krakozhia is a fictional country but the film is based on the true story of an Iranian refugee, Merhan Nasseri, who lived in Terminal One of Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris for 18 years. His life spent in the terminal was one of reading, writing and studying economics.

                  The choice of Tom Hanks to play the lead role was an obvious one. The role of Viktor is a combination of Hank's previous roles. Like a child ensnared in an adult's body (Big), Navorski's trying to behave like an American citizen; learning the language and manners, but at the same time clinging on to his dignity and self-assurance. He is struggling to make sense of this detached world just as Forrest Gump did his best to make sense of the outside world. Like a guy deserted on a far away island (Castaway), he's trapped, and striving for survival without the immediate tools at hand, desolate and isolated even though its teeming with people.

                  I have always admired Tom Hank's in most of his roles although I wasn't too keen on him in Angels and Demons but I put that down to the awful script rather than his acting. What I find interesting is that he has taken on some difficult roles and in lots of ways is like a movie stuntman rather than an actor. Sometimes this is always not a good thing because when talking about one of his movies you tend to discuss the performer and his amazing accomplishments rather than the character and the story. This nearly happened in the opening scenes of Terminal as I couldn't stop thinking about the way he looked and how many pounds in weight he had put on and how good his accent was and I became distracted by this. But not for long because Navorski the character has so much to do in the film I soon forgot about the flawless accent and concentrated on the human being Hanks was portraying. I think this is possibly his best role.

                  I wish I could say that the rest of the film has the same credibility. I think Terminal is an inspiring movie but Spielberg has tried to be too ambitious by fitting so much into a film of two hours. In some parts of the film he has wanted to give us a realistic view like in the scenes of cultural conflict. This is a complex subject and you can feel the tension and anxiety - this is illustrated well but then he moves on to the sweet Hollywood scenes where he wants us to believe in the romantic fairy tale. This is all very nice but totaly unbelievable and I am a great romantic but to be honest, I thought this was a load of nonsense. It's as if Spielberg can't make a film without throwing a fragment of Hollywood schmultz into it.

                  What I also found to be overplayed was the way Frank Dixon watched over his prisoner from Krakozhia. In a real world would a security officer get so stressed and tweeked up about a guy straddling around the airport just doing his thing and not really bothering anybody. Why did he see him as such a threat?? If he wanted to know more about him and what he was doing in New York, why didn't he get a translator? What was also bizarre was that all those months in the airport how come Viktor never bumped into a fellow countryman who could speak the same language?

                  We never saw Dixon concentrating on any other part of his job or saw any scenes of his life outside of the airport. This was very unrealistic - surely a top security officer in one of the country's biggest airports should be working hard on ways and means to keep the airport secure not fretting over how many cappuccino's Novorski has had,

                  As for the welsh beauty, Catherine Zeta Jones, I didn't recognise her at first. She looks so much younger in this role and quite feisty. Unfortunately, she is hampered with a terrible dialogue that is so false and manufactured. She comes across as being cheap and tacky - not too far from the pin up beauties modelling in the glitzy ads throughout the airport.

                  Members of the supporting cast are a lot of fun and very colourful actors. I liked the customs officer, Ray (Barry Shabka Henley), who is always understanding and sympathetic towards Novorski. Enrique (Diego Luna), an employee in the food service department and the poker playing luggage handler (Chi McBride) who liked to gamble for prizes that he had found in the lost property department. Each of these characters provide Viktor with sporadic opportunities to display his capabilities of survival and show us that he stills has morals.

                  I really enjoyed the Terminal and thought it was a very good film but it wasn't brilliant. I can't fault Hanks at all and at times I was mesmerised by his comical face, bumbling antics, shuffling gait and his moments of panic amd melodrama. I loved him in this - at times I saw the same look on his face as he had in Philadelphia - humble and pitiful, like the whole world was against him and out to harm him. I really liked Viktor as a character and I cared about him and what happened to him. Here Hanks was Viktor and not just a great performer. He was a great actor doing his job well.

                  I loved the idea of a man living in an airport. I love airports and over the years have spent hundreds of hours in this environment, I can understand the attraction of an airport and could easily make it my home if I had nowhere else to go and wasn't allowed to go back to my home country or touch down on American soil. I didn't really mind the soapy, syrupy romantic angle in the film. I loved the set and the filming - the hectic buzz of people being processed. But and there is usually a but - I didn't like the fact that the film didn't have a main theme. It was too fragmented with too many themes bobbing and diving throughout the film.

                  Some of the sub plots are quite effective - like how the film illustrates how difficult it is for immigrants to fit in to a fast paced, competitive and complex society. How people are striving to find true love; how Viktor longs to go home but at the same time manages to be resourceful - making new friends and using his time and talents to create a new life, how people are always waiting for something whether it be delayed flights, retirement or waiting for that chest of gold to fall out of the skies. These little stories start off well in the beginning but fizzle out and become incongruous. The whole film is like a grand musical overture with flashes of brilliance every now and again and an unsatisfactory ending.

                  Actually, the ending is very disappointing. Because of the flashes of brilliance I fully expected a fantastic ending like we once saw three decades ago in Close Encounters of a Third Kind but it never appears and the conclusion is rushed, sentimental and very predictable.

                  However, it is still a great film and worth watching on DVD. If you like Tom Hanks you will like him in this role and if you are a Spielberg fan you will love the wonderworld he has created. I think 4 stars is the correct award for this film. Not quite a masterpiece.

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                  Rating is PG 13 for some strong language and drug references. Nothing to scary here - the rating is correct, in my view.

                  Length of movie 2 hours 8 minutes - quite lengthy but there is so much stuff packed into it time doesn't drag.

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                    29.06.2009 20:20
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                    Hanks is one of those actors who doesn't really have a specific genre. He suits many different roles and although I wouldn't consider this his greatest, it was still a great performance. It must have been a difficult part to act as well.

                    Viktor Navorski is a Krakozhian who arrives at New York only to find his passport is void due to a war breaking out in his home country. As a result, he is unidentifiable and denied access to New York, or anywhere else for that matter. He is officially a resident of the airport. Viktor more or less sets up camp here, finding money, using vouchers for meals, making a bedroom and falling for a flight attendant who he frequently bumps into while living in the airport.

                    Obviously, the Director of Customs (Frank Dixon) expects Viktor to leave as no normal person would live in an airport for longer than a day, maybe two. Viktor ends up causing complications, although with good intentions and what follows is a surprisingly funny and well directed movie.

                    The Terminal is a very good flick to rent. If you're bored and running out of movies you haven't watched then this is certainly enjoyable even though not being Hank's best.

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                    01.06.2009 22:41
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                    An excellent film that provides some great entertainment throughout!

                    The Terminal has to be one of the best films I have ever watched, it really is a brilliant film. The film was originally released in September 2004 and was directed by the gerat Steven Spielberg who once again does an outstanding job. The film stars Tom Hanks who also deliver's some superb acting throughout that really does make it great to watch. There is also Catherine Zeta Jones who plays her role very well also. The film is of a comedy and adventure genre and it won both of the awards that it was nominated for proving its quality.

                    The film is about an Eastern European vistor who is played by Tom Hanks, who finds himself stranded at the New York international airport. As a result of this, he makes it his home and has some gerat tricks to get him through his stay there! He cannot get to his home because war is in his country and his passport can therefore not be used. He makes friends during his stay with many of the different staff at the airport including a flight attendant who he has a relationship with.

                    The story is a fantastic one and I could not recommend it more, it really did keep me entertained throughout. There was the most amazing set built for the film that really does look very impressive and just like the airport! I found the film to have something for everyone which is what I liked most about it. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this.

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                      16.05.2009 19:44
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                      a must see

                      This is a great film - which is also suprisenly funy.

                      Basically Tom hanks stars as a man called Krakozia who is stuck in an airport terminal in New York and can not get back to his country because his passport is now invalid because his country has been taken over by rebels. So the remainder of the film is what he gets up to while he is stuck in the airport terminal.

                      I love the story line in this film it sounds boring but is actually suprisenly funny because he finds himself is such a strange situation. It is so different from other films which makes it very interseting to watch because you have never seen anything like it before. Most importantly Tom Hanks portrays his character very well which allows us to emphasise with him. What i found so interesting about this film is that you can see the whole world moving on as time passes by but Tom Hanks is stuck and has no where to go, it is asif he is just watching time pass by.

                      I love this film, it is great and i highly reccomend it. It is a great watch for because everyone can understand the story line and emphase with the main character and there are also some funny parts which make it a very enjoyable film for the whole family to watch.

                      The film was Directed by the world famous Steven Speilburg and made by Dreamwork pictures in 2004 and it is 128mins long.

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                        a great film

                        This is a great comedy starring tom hanks that was aired earlier this evening on bbc1.

                        Having seen this film a few times now it never looses its appeal or it comedy value, as with all of his films tom hanks plays the part well and makes the film everything that it is.

                        The story to this is that tom hanks travels to new york to get a famous jazz players autograph for his father, during his traveling there his country goes to war and when he arrives in america he is refused access to there country because he has the wrong paper work, he isnt allowed to leave the air port or he will be arrested but they cannot force him to board a flight either so he decides to just stay put in the air port in the hope that they will give him the documentation needed, his ways of surviving wholst there are very comical, the goverment agencies cotton on to his ways of survival and dont like it one bit, they put obstacles in his way all the time, over the cource of his 9 months in the air port he makes loads of friends and learns the language very well, he gets a job as a builder inside the air port and eventually the war finishes in his country so they can legaly send him home but will he get the autograph he traveled so far for and waited so long for, watch it and see.

                        A brilliant film about a man and his ambition, you have to admire the sheer determination of him and what he went through to get what he wanted to, the movie is great it is well worth watching and is very enjoyable.

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                        Like an airport running at peak efficiency, The Terminal glides on the consummate skills of its director and star. Having refined their collaborative chemistry on Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me if You Can, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks mesh like the precision gears of a Rolex, turning a delicate, not-very-plausible scenario into a lovely modern-age fable (partly based on fact) that's both technically impressive and subtly moving. It's Spielberg in Capra mode, spinning the featherweight tale of Victor Navorski (Hanks, giving a finely tuned performance), an Eastern European who arrives at New York's Kennedy Airport just as his (fictional) homeland has fallen to a coup, forcing him, with no valid citizenship, to take indefinite residence in the airport's expansive International Arrivals Terminal (an astonishing full-scale set that inspires Spielberg's most elegant visual strategies). Spielberg said he made this film in part to alleviate the anguish of wartime America, and his master's touch works wonders on the occasionally mushy material; even Stanley Tucci's officious terminal director and Catherine Zeta-Jones's mixed-up flight attendant come off (respectively) as forgivable and effortlessly charming. With this much talent involved, The Terminal transcends its minor shortcomings to achieve a rare degree of cinematic grace. --Jeff Shannon