The Terminal

"Life is waiting."

The movie The Terminal is a unique and heart-warming drama about a man forced to live in an airport. The story revolves around a man named Viktor Navorski, played by Tom Hanks, who comes from a fictional European to the United States on a mission that involves a mysterious jar of peanuts. While he was flying, a war broke out in his home country and now the United States no longer recognizes his country, meaning he is not allowed to enter the country, but because there is a war going on he is unable to go home either. Thus, he is forced to live at the airport, living off of coupons for fast food restaurants inside the terminal and sleeping on a cot outside of an unused gate.

The movie explores both Viktor's struggle to find a solution to his problem and enter the United States as well as his struggles to adjust to living in an airport terminal. While Viktor is living in the airport, the head of customs of the airport, played by Stanley Tucci, makes it his personal mission to see that Viktor is kicked out of the airport. However, Viktor does make plenty of friends while in the airport, including a caterer, played by Diego Luna, a janitor, played by Kumar Pallana, and a baggage agent, played by Chi McBride.

In addition to a nice group of friends, Viktor also meets a flight attendant named Amelia, played by Catherine Zeta Jones. Amelia takes a liking to Viktor's good-hearted nature, but Viktor is confused by her sometimes aggressive approach, as well as her complicated situation brought on by affair she's having with a married man.

Ultimately, we find out why Viktor came to the United States and what exactly is in his peanut jar. It concludes an endearing story that is wonderfully acted by Hanks and his surrounding cast in what is a sweet feel good movie.

PG-13
| 2004 | 2 hr 8 min | 7.3/10
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Director
Steven Spielberg
Language
English
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