While Steven Spielberg would tackle post-9/11 paranoia in a much darker way in 2005's WAR OF THE WORLDS, he explored it with a lighter touch in THE TERMINAL, a charming tale of a man stuck in a New York airport when his visa is invalidated by a military coup in his home country. Pokes gentle fun at American bureaucracies at a time of heightened fears, easing the pain with a lovely, humanistic touch.
Watch Tom Hanks trapped in a US airport terminal and also in the worst film of both his and Spielberg's not inconsequential careers. A slow first half nods knowingly to the comedies of Jacques Tati before nodding off completely while the second is a turgid slough of manipulated sentiment. The corporate
product placement is as shameless as the shallow and soulless film-making. Barely watchable and irredeemably trite.