The Terminal (12A, 128 mins)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci
Director: Steven Spielberg
TOM Hanks gives another of his sympathetic performances in this Steven Spielberg-directed film based on a true story.
In real life, Iranian political refugee Merhan Karimi Nasseri was left stranded at a Parisian airport when he ended up stateless.
In the movie, Hanks plays Viktor Navorski, who arrives at John F Kennedy Airport from an East European country not recognised by the USA.
As a result, Hanks finds himself without a recognisable passport and unable to leave the airport. So he settles in to make his life in the transit lounge.
Hanks is nice and sweet as the homeless man trying to make friends with everyone and running into various scrapes.
The film is populated by a number of excellent supporting performances, although Catherine Zeta-Jones as a lovelorn air stewardess who becomes involved with Hanks is sadly miscast.
The best performance comes from Stanley Tucci as the airport official whose career is threatened by Hanks's presence and is determined to do anything to get rid of him. His rages are among the film's high points.