FILM : THE TERMINAL
Ms. Ana Cheri
Film, “The Terminal,” is a sweet and delicate comedy, a film to make you hold your breath.
Tom Hanks is Viktor Navorski, from what was earlier USSR. He has arrived in this vast American JFK airport just as his nation, Krakozia, has fallen in a military coup. Therefore his papers, passport, visa, currency are all worthless. His country no longer exists, and he cannot go forward or go back. The film has all the time in the world. Just like Viktor Navorski. He isn’t going anywhere nor does he seem to be in any hurry.
The terminal is filled with other characters Navorski gets to know, such as Amelia Jane Warren [Catherine Zeta-Jones] the flight attendant, who is having an affair with a mature married man and finds that she can open her heart to this strange, simple man. “The Terminal” doesn’t have a plot; it tells a story. We want to know what will happen next, and we care.
In a scene Amelia is taken by customs officials to Frank Dixon’s [Stanley Tucci] office at the airport for questioning, whose impatience grows as he notices her closeness to Viktor Navorski who is staying at JFK airport, gate no: 67.
Amelia: All I know is that he’s a building contractor, living out of a suitcase. That’s it.
Frank Dixon: He is a contractor…? Yeah…? That’s what he said…? I am curious. You are the kind of woman who can get any guy she wants. Why Viktor Navorski…?
Amelia: That’s something a guy like you could never understand.