Preview by: Jack Foley
HAVING announced that he and Tom Cruise are possibly to reunite
for a remake of The War of the Worlds, it is perhaps relevant
to check out whats in the more immediate future for Steven
The film in question is The Terminal, a romantic comedy, based
on a true story, which unites Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones
on-screen for the first time.
Due for release in America as part of Summers blockbuster
season, The Terminal tells the story of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks),
a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe, whose homeland erupts
in a fiery coup while he is in the air en route to America.
Stranded at Kennedy Airport, with a passport from nowhere, he
is unauthorised to actually enter the United States and must improvise
his days and nights in the terminals international transit
lounge until the war at home is over.
As the weeks and months stretch on, however, Viktor finds the
compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world
of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity
and even romance with a beautiful flight attendant, named Amelia
But Viktor has long worn out his welcome with airport official,
Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), who considers him a bureaucratic
glitch, a problem he cannot control but wants desperately to erase.
The most interesting aspect of the film, however, is its grounding
in reality, as according to a report in the New York Times, the
urban legend surrounding its inspiration is true.
Surrounded by a mountain of his possessions near the Paris Bye
Bye lounge at Terminal 1 in Charles de Gaulle International Airport,
Merhan Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian exile, is still there after
15 years - and has become a celebrity homeless person.
Filming began on Spielbergs take on the legend on October
1, 2003, in Los Angeles, and the majority of the movie's interiors
have been shot on a two-and-a-half story recreation of a full-size
operating terminal, which has been constructed in an enormous
hanger located at Palmdale's famed aerospace alley,
to the north of the city.
The support cast includes Chi McBride (of TV's Boston Public),
Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama, Tambien/Open
Range), Barry Shabaka Henley (Ali),
Kumar Pallana (The Royal Tenenbaums),
Eddie Jones (Seabiscuit) and
Jude Ciccolella (Down With Love).
Judging by Spielbergs form of late, following Catch
Me If You Can and Minority
Report (his Cruise collaboration), The Terminal should be
the date movie of the Summer, as well as another enjoyable light
production from the blockbuster king.
Hanks, of course, will be working with Spielberg for the first
time since their Oscar-winning collaborations on Saving
Private Ryan and the TV mini-series, Band