The Terminal

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"Life is waiting."
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 2 hr 8 min
  • 7.4  (493,462)
  • 55

The Terminal is a heartwarming comedy-drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 2004. The movie stars Tom Hanks as Viktor Navorski, a man from the fictional country of Krakozhia who becomes stranded in the John F. Kennedy International airport in New York City. The film also features Catherine Zeta-Jones as Amelia Warren, a flight attendant, and Chi McBride as Joe Mulroy, a security guard.

The story of The Terminal revolves around Viktor's situation, as his country undergoes a political revolution, and his papers become invalid. He is not allowed to enter the United States, nor is he allowed to return home. Thus, he must make a life for himself within the confines of the airport.

Viktor's journey begins shortly after his arrival at JFK. He is placed in Terminal One, where he discovers a ragtag group of employees, including Mulroy and a janitor named Enrique Cruz (played by Diego Luna). Viktor quickly makes himself at home in the terminal, befriending several employees, learning how to navigate the airport, and even setting up a makeshift living space in the abandoned construction site.

As time passes, Viktor becomes a fixture in the terminal, drawing the attention of Amelia Warren, who is initially skeptical of his presence but eventually comes to be intrigued by his story. Though she is initially involved with a government official (played by Stanley Tucci) and has feelings of conflict, she ultimately becomes enamored with Viktor and helps him navigate the airport's many bureaucratic obstacles.

Throughout the film, Viktor learns English, befriends many of the employees, and even starts a small business selling snacks to fellow travelers. His story and presence transform the airport's community, as everyone becomes invested in his well-being and eventual success in navigating the complex bureaucracy that keeps him trapped.

As the film progresses, Viktor's situation becomes increasingly dire as his papers remain invalid, and he faces the prospect of deportation or being sent to prison. The tension reaches its climax when Viktor discovers a loophole that may allow him to leave the airport, but at a great cost.

Overall, The Terminal is a heartwarming and poignant exploration of the human condition, highlighting the resilience and ingenuity of a man faced with an impossible situation. Hanks delivers a masterful performance, perfectly balancing comedy, drama, and emotion throughout the film. The supporting cast is equally superb, with standout performances from Zeta-Jones and McBride. Spielberg's direction captures the magic and charm of the airport setting brilliantly, creating a warm and inviting world that invites the viewer to become invested in the story's outcome.

In conclusion, The Terminal is a must-see film for anyone who loves heartwarming comedies or complex character dramas. It is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a celebration of community, friendship, and the power of love in the face of adversity.

The Terminal is a 2004 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 8 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 55.

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    2 hr 8 min
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    7.4  (493,462)
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