Movie News
The Terminal

The Terminal



Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana

Arriving at an international destination can be very confusing, especially if you do not speak the language of the nation you are visiting. Such is the case for Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), who is visiting New York and America for the first time from his Eastern European nation home.
As he is preparing to clear immigration, Viktor is detained by security and is informed that he is unable to enter the country due to a coup in his homeland that occurred while he was in the air. Viktor has become a man without a country as his government no longer exists causing his passport to become invalid and leaving Viktor unable to leave the airport or return to another country.

As difficult as this is for Viktor the head of the airport security Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), finds it even more intolerable, not for any humanitarian reasons, but rather that Viktor complicates his life, especially when he is about to get a big promotion. Dixon believes that in time Viktor will grow weary of waiting and will slip away into the city where he will become someone else’s problem allowing him to concentrate on other matters.

Things do not go as planned as Viktor remains faithfully in the terminal finding all manner of ways to cope and sustain himself through his ingenuity and the kindness of some airport workers, especially a food service worker (Diego Luna), who provides food for Viktor in exchange for help in wooing an attractive immigration agent (Zoe Saldana), As the time passes, Viktor meets an attractive flight attendant named Amelia (Catherine Zeta Jones), who is taken with Viktor’s kindness even though she is having issues in her life due to her involvement with a married man.

As time passes, Viktor adapts to his ongoing situation, makes friends, and becomes closer to Amelia, but never loses site of his goal to enter America as his spirit and endurance help him gain support and admiration from all he meets save Dixon. Hanks is charming as Viktor as he has a naivety about him that is balanced by wisdom, compassion, and integrity that make him a believable yet sympathetic character. The supporting cast is good especially Tucci and Luna who come across as very realistic characters as their motivations and intentions are well-defined and they do not deviate from them yet show other facets that enable them to come across as well-rounded characters. Zeta-Jones has a great chemistry with Hanks making you wish they could have had more screen time with each other.

Praise also goes to Spielberg who keeps the film moving at a steady pace but avoids many Hollywood clichés and allows events to unfold in a natural manner without making it seem forced. I was very surprised by “The Terminal” as it is a very solid and entertaining film that will delight Hanks fans. Yes, the film does require you to suspend certain realities but the majority of the events around Viktor are plausible and allow the audiences to learn about Viktor as he learns about America.


Rating :


Reviewer : Gareth Von Kallenbach



Latest Stories

Are We Scared Yet?
Cube takes Cary Grant template, turns it into sequel...

From DJay to P.D.R
The next movie for Terrence Howard...

Enough to make you Chuck
Sandler gets it on with James?...

del Toro about to make a Killing
"Hellboy" helmer doing fantasy-thriller...

Gossip Monkey - 9/2/06
This Week : Arnie and Sly eyeing a team-up?...

Zorro returning to the screens
The Next Generation to take over?...

Deathlok finally on the move
Confirmed as McGuigan's next project...

My Big Fat Gump Wedding
Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos teaming up...

Mattfleck is one again
Damon and Affleck reunite for lawyer drama...

Resident Evil 3 attracts director
Or was it Milla Jovovich that attracted him?...

Moviehole MailBag - 8/2/06
Episode : "The One with the Omen hype"...

Stallone directing Rambo 4?
Going straight from Rocky to Rambo...

Burmeister Jammed into thriller
Alongside Emma Lung, Kate Atkinson and more...

James Cameron speaks Alien 5
Why didn't it happen?...

Dali goes West
When a "Dali" Calls, you Answer...

New Line doing new Elm Street film
Question is, which one?...

Clooney to produce Ocean's TV Show
Based on "Ocean's Eleven" and "Ocean's Twelve"...

Spielberg's Lincoln Project halted
Project now "up in the air"...

Buscemi gets into the Millers
Replacing Will Arnett in the comedy...

Barker gets his Thief
1992 juvenile dark fantasy novel turns film...

Who's The Tripper now?
Arquette, Harris and oodles of debauchery...

Toy Story 3 is back on!
Disney didn't want it, but Pixar do...

Baywatch returning?
The Hoff has plans for a relaunch...

Interview : Harrison Ford
Paul Fischer talks to Han Solo...

This Week in TV - 8/2/06
This Week : "Everwood", "Veronica Mars", "Next Top Model"...


Latest Reviews

 
Copyright 1998-2004 Moviehole.net. All Rights Reserved.
All other trademarks and images are the property of their respective owners.
The opinions expressed in this website aren't necessarily those of the editor.
This site is in no way connected to an official film studio.
Contact Moviehole About Moviehole Home DVD Store Buy Movie Posters Shop for DVDs Latest GiveAways USA DVD USA Cinema Australian DVD Australian Cinema GiveAways Movie and DVD Reviews Interviews Movie and Entertainment News