Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Nischala's Blog-o-Review | Movie | The Terminal

Name of Movie : The Terminal
Director : Steven Speilberg
Actors : Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta Jones
Made in : 2004

The Storyline
Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) arrives at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, only to find that his passport is suddenly no longer valid due to the outbreak of a war in his home country (Krakozhia). As a result, the United States no longer recognizes Krakozhia as a sovereign nation, and he is not permitted to either enter the country or return home. With no other choice, he settles in at the terminal with his baggage, and makes it his second home.

The movie revolves around the people Viktor Navorski meets at the air-port, the everyday struggle to take care of his basic needs - like food, etc. , the many friends he makes with people working at the airport, how he helps them in many interesting ways, how he finds employment at the airport, his short lived love affair.. and also how he finally completes the mission on which he came to USA for - One to fulfill his father's dream.

And finally after 9 months, Thanks to the culmination of the war  - How he can finally go back home! Though I think the movie could have had alternate endings.. May be happier or more abstract.. But then it did end the way it did!


Movie Ruminations
* I personally liked the storyline - Unique, and not something which happens to most of us on a daily basis, but definitely a possibility that can occur to someone you know.
* Makes you realize how we take so many things in life for granted. For e.g.: When you write your nationality on any form, you hardly think (about the importance and significance of your roots, and about bilateral relations which another country) beyond completing the form. But the fact is that "a situation of war" in your country can change your life in unimaginable ways - especially if you are in transit / stranded at an airport
* Its also interesting to see how unexpected life situations can sometimes connect you with people in interesting ways - and how you can find friends, love and the strength to stand-up for people / causes you truly believe in
* Adversities in life are sometimes a blessing - They teach you so much about life, people, yourself. It is in those "vulnerable" moments that you sometimes "truly understand" the larger canvas of life.

Overall Rating
I don't think that this is a movie which everyone will like. But if you're the kind who likes comedy / drama / Tom Hanks - you should watch the movie. Story line and acting is good!

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