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Terminal, The


USA 2004, 128 minutes
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Comedy


Aroview: An Eastern-European traveller (Tom Hanks) becomes permanently stranded at JFK Airport, New York, and begins to lead a curious existence, unable to leave and gradually becoming the bane of a petty security bureaucrat.

Although based on a true story, this forgoes realism for an ambitious comic vision of the genial futility of the 'system', expressed in several wonderful set-pieces by dir. Spielberg. Perhaps suffering a little from a lack of courage, especially in light of presentday policies on immigration, this remains slickly orchestrated, with some gratifying final twists.

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  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired

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