In The Terminal, Steven Spielberg creates an alternate universe within an airport where its citizens are fluid and ever changing.
However, a strange twist of fate causes one man to become a permanent citizen. The Terminal reunites Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg since their last outing on Catch Me If You Can.
This time instead of globe trotting around the world, Tom Hanks’ character Viktor Navorski, an Eastern European citizen of an imaginary country Krakozia, is stranded inside John F. Kennedy airport. His country has dissolved in the midst of political upheaval while his passport has been declared invalid; complicated red tape insidiously disempowers him from rectifying his situation.
Originally in New York to fulfill his father’s dream, he ends up staying at the airport for around a year. The movie takes its liberties from a real-life tale of an Iranian who spent an even longer period at a Paris airport. In the beginning, Navroski speaks threadbare English and has no friends.
However, instead of experiencing profound dislocation (think Bill Murray in Lost in Translation), or sorrow over his country’s political turmoil, The Terminal (check out the Widescreen Edition) cheerily puts these themes aside. Navorski embarks on pseudo-magical ‘adventures’ in The Terminal, and even finds love with Amelie (Catherine Zeta Jones), a flight attendant he meets along the way. To enjoy this show, don’t question its possibility – smile and cheer as if you were at a magic show.