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Terminal, The (2004)

Life is waiting.

Original Title : The Terminal
Director : Steven Spielberg
Writer : Andrew Niccol
Sacha Gervasi
Sacha Gervasi
Jeff Nathanson
Genre : Drama
Romance/Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jason Hoffs (IV) , Laurie MacDonald (I) , Sergio Mimica-Gezzan , Andrew Niccol , Walter F. Parkes , Steven Spielberg , Patricia Whitcher
Music : John Williams (I)
Photography : Janusz Kaminski (I)
Distributor : Argentina Video Home (AVH) [ar]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13
IMDB ID : 0362227
Official site : http://www.theterminal-themovie.com/
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Terminal, The (2004) - Steven Spielberg
 

Starring

Tom Hanks Viktor Navorski
Catherine Zeta-Jones Amelia Warren
Stanley Tucci Frank Dixon
Chi McBride Mulroy
Diego Luna I
Barry Shabaka Henley Thurman
Kumar Pallana Gupta Rajan
Zoe Saldana Torres (as Zoë Saldana
Eddie Jones I
Jude Ciccolella Karl Iverson
Corey Reynolds Waylin
Guillermo Díaz I
Rini Bell Nadia
Stephen Mendel First Class Steward
Valeri Nikolayev Milodragovich (as Valera Nikolaev
Michael Nouri Max
Ana Maria Quintana Government Inspector
Bob Morrisey Government Inspector
Sasha Spielberg Lucy
Susan Slome Woman with Cart
Mik Scriba Transportation Liaison
Jim Ishida Yoshinoya Manager (as James Ishida
Carlease Burke I
Stephon Fuller Swatch Manager
Dan Finnerty II
Anastasia Basil La Perla Employee Julie
Lydia Blanco Burger King Employee
Joseph Davis II
Tonya Ivey Godiva Employee
Kevin Mukherji Soundworks Dave
John Eddins CBP Officer
Kenneth Choi CBP Officer
Cas Anvar CBP Officer
Conrad Pla CBP Officer
Danette Mackay CBP Officer
Ian Finlay CBP Officer
Janique Kearns CBP Officer
Eddie Santiago Man on Phone
Kevin Ryder I
Dusan Dukic Young Drug Trafficker
Mark Ivanir Cab Driver Goran
Matt Holland I
Benny Golson Himself
Buster Williams Bass
Mike Ledonne Piano
Carl Allen I
Scott Adsit Cab Driver
Robert Covarrubias Janitor
Terry Haig CBP Inspector
Jeff Michael III
Dilva Henry Anchor
Michelle Arthur I
Thinh Truong Nguyen Passenger (as Thinh Truong
Sandrine Kwan Passenger
Carl Alacchi Passenger
Tanya van Blokland Passenger
Evelyne de la Chenelière Passenger
Laurie Megan Phelps Homeland Security Officer (as Laurie Meghan Phelps
Cass Asher Ticket Counter Passenger
Hélène Cardona Stewardess (voice
Jennifer Chu I
Svilena Kidess (voice
Kurt Larson I
Tony Sagastizado I Salvadorian
William Alva Chess Player (uncredited
Claudia Barroso II
Dalton Brooks Boy in Brookstone (uncredited
Dan Chase I
Chad Davis IV
Kristopher Dolphin College Student (uncredited
Susan Engel II
Riad Galayini Chef (uncredited
Jerald Garner Food Court Patron (uncredited
Amber Havens Flight Attendant (uncredited
Jeffery Houston Starbucks employee (uncredited
Barry Julien I
Boyd Kelly Pilot (uncredited
Vladislav Kozlov Russian student (uncredited
Joram Moreka Swahili interpreter (uncredited
Martha Neavill Swahili Mom (uncredited
Benjamin Ochieng African Man with Wife and Child (uncredited
Nicole Rayburn Swatch Employee (uncredited
Mel Rodriguez I
Brad Rohan Ramp & Freight Cananda (uncredited
Mikayel Sharaff Traveler (uncredited
Aleksandr Sountsov Traveler (uncredited
Cynthia Wilber Amelia's Friend (uncredited
 

Plot

An Eastern European visitor (Hanks) becomes a resident of a New York airport terminal when a war breaks out and erases his country from the map, voiding his passport. He makes friends with the airport staff and falls in love with a flight attendant.
 

Comments

The premise sounded pretty bad, so I thought there must be something redeeming in this film to have attracted the likes of Spielberg, Hanks, Zeta-Jones, and Saldana... but apparently not. The movie is utterly uninteresting and poorly written. The situations are so contrived that it's nearly impossible to buy into any of the attempts to convey deeper meaning. It leaves plot threads dangling all over the place and the underlying messages are confused at best. And it's not funny at all. For a character-based film, it's shocking that none of the characters undergo any character evolution -- in the end everything is exactly the same as it was in the beginning, except that Hanks accomplishes his original goal. Whoop-ti-do. Under the tagline "life is waiting" you would expect more to come from the events within -- unexpected life changing events or deeply inspiring meaning. But you'd be wrong. There's none of that. If you try to get any deeper meaning out it, you've got to make it up yourself. I think the most annoying thing is that it COULD have been done properly without changing much. The actors were solid, and there was enough plot to work with. But instead they botched it at every redeemable chance. All in all, it is just pointless to watch.
 
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