September 06, 2004

Film review:The terminal

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) arrives at JFK en route to New York from a fictional East European state, and becomes stranded at the airport when his country vanishes in a coup and he is stripped of any citizenship or rights. He has no passport or legal status so is forced to stay at the terminal, where he becomes quite at home. He builds friendships with a wide range of people at the airport including Catherine Zeta-Jones (Amelia).

Based loosely on a true story of an Iranian refugee stranded at a Paris airport, the film is both funny and poignant. I am a real fan of Tom Hanks, and in this he plays a multi-faceted character that initially arouses sympathy, which then develops into profound respect. Continually rejected in his application to leave the airport he makes the most of a bad situation in the most imaginative ways. Its a feel-good Spielberg film which satisfactorily abstains from a cheesy ending.

Worth a trip to the cinema!


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