LIFE IS WAITING.
When his passport is revoked and the authorities forbid him from leaving the JFK airport, East European tourist Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) creates a life for himself in the terminal. It’s really a tragic story, but Steven Spielberg nevertheless comes up with a romantic comedy. It may be a bit too saccharine, a bit too protracted, but as a simple fantasy it does work. Hanks is one of few superstars who can play a regular guy in a credible, likable way; Stanley Tucci also gives an excellent performance, although his mean-spirited security chief is too much of a cliché.
2004-U.S. 128 min. Color. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay: Jeff Nathanson, Sacha Gervasi. Music: John Williams. Cast: Tom Hanks (Viktor Navorski), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Amelia Warren), Stanley Tucci (Frank Dixon), Chi McBride, Diego Luna, Barry Shabaka Henley… Zoë Saldana.
Trivia: The situation described in the film is similar to what happened to Iranian citizen Merhan Nasseri in 1988. Five years later, the story about the stranded Iranian was filmed in France.