Film Review – THE TERMINAL (2004)

Terminal, The (2004; USA; Technicolor; 129m) ∗∗∗  d. Steven Spielberg; w. Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson, Andrew Niccol; ph. Janusz Kaminski; m. John Williams.  Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna, Barry Shabaka Henley, Kumar Pallana, Zoe Saldana, Eddie Jones, Michael Nouri. An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. Although based on real events, this feel-good movie has feels manufactured for a mass audience despite some satirical sequences. Hanks is excellent, as usual, as the European refugee, but the scenes with Zeta-Jones and the increasingly clichéd approach to the airport authorities betray the manipulative and predictable nature of Spielberg’s film. [12]