Review by Gene
Jim Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an accomplished insurance attorney with a history of being on the prosecution team at the Nuremberg trials. He’s a patriotic, old-fashioned type of American that we all envision when looking back on the “greatest generation.” But when he’s asked to defend a Soviet spy in the early stages of the Cold War, he becomes hated by all.
Review by Elliott
When I think of Steven Spielberg, the first movies that come to mind are Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan. Serious movies with lots of action sequences and violence. The Terminal is neither of those. I would describe it as a light-hearted comedy with some similarities to Castaway. Like Castaway, this movie features a lot of Tom Hanks. “To much Tom Hanks”, is always the complaint I hear when discussing Castaway, but considering he is my favorite actor, it didn’t bother me in the least. What sets this apart from Castaway is that Hanks is joined by a handful of other great actors. Well that and the premise is totally different. They really aren’t that similar except for Tom Hanks, I just wanted to bring up Castaway… (Watch the Trailer Here)
In deciding to become a regular reviewer of films, there are some things that quickly become clear that film critics know that the general audiences doesn’t usually care much about. One of those things is ample knowledge of directors. It’s a bit of a feather in the cap if you can speak intelligently with another movie-lover about directors, their tendencies, their shortcomings, etc. We don’t pretend to be professional critics by any means, but we do have some directors we always look forward to seeing.
Two hundred years ago the idea of cloning a living organism was just that; an idea. Today it is a reality and society is no longer dealing with the question, “can we do this”, but rather, “should we do this”. That’s one of those pesky things about science. It can show you how to do all kinds of things. What it can’t do is tell you is whether you should do those things.