The Terminal (2004, Movie) – 3/10 review

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer (Screenplay): Sacha Gervasi
Writer (Screenplay): Jeff Nathanson
Writer (Screenplay): Andrew Niccol
Writer (Screenplay): Sacha Gervasi
Producer: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks: Viktor Navorski
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Amelia Warren
Stanley Tucci: Frank Dixon
Chi McBride: Mulroy
Diego Luna: Enrique Cruz

Terminal, The (2004)

Viktor Navorski is travelling to New York from Krakorzia but en route a coup in his country means that his passport and entry visa become invalid. Not able to fly home or enter the United States he is told that he must stay in the International Flight Lounge until the situation is resolved. To everyone’s surprise, instead of bolting for the door, he does exactly as he is told…

3/10

Unconvincing. And that’s being nice. Despite three credited screenwriters the script has not had its bugs ironed out and this undermines the ever-brilliant Tom Hanks and the super-slick Spielberg coating. The fact is, this is two-minute news fluff and is here horribly stretched to a lifeless two hours. It’s pretty safe to say that this mistaken mess will be Spielberg’s worst and most worthless ever film.

This movie contains adult references and mild sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000, Movie) – 5/10

Nicolas Cage: Memphis Raines
Angelina Jolie: Sara “Sway” Wayland
Giovanni Ribisi: Kip Raines
Delroy Lindo: Det. Roland Castlebeck
Will Patton: Atley Jackson
Christopher Eccleston: Raymond Calitri
Chi McBride: Donny Astricky
Robert Duvall: Otto Halliwell
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Writer (Screenplay): Scott Rosenberg
Director: Dominic Sena
Scott Rosenberg: Private Doctor

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

When his younger brother, Kip, gets himself into serious trouble retired car thief extraordinaire Memphis Raines returns to his old stamping ground to try and help. Memphis must steal fifty luxury cars to order and deliver them within four days or his brother will pay for his errors with his life.

5/10

Empty. Remarkably, only British footballer Vinnie Jones emerges from this project with any kind of kudos; everyone else – including star Nicolas Cage and Oscar winners Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall – perform badly and cannot escape the trap of a deliberately unpolished script. Perhaps that isn’t a coincidence as his character only has one line. It also makes you wonder, have I ever seen a top car chase in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie? Because there isn’t one here.

This movie contains mild swear words and references to illegal substances and unpleasant scenes, strong violence and inferred sex scene.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.