“You’d be amazed at what people leave at airports.” In this case, from “The Terminal” directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Andrew Niccol, Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is the one left in the JFK Airport Mall, where he copes with all this waiting, after his plane was delayed for 9 months. It feels that Mr. Navorski was the only one who really could choose to wait, the other characters did not really have the patience, but why? What do you think the general message that the director and producers to say about the human nature of this film? Let’s explore all of these ideas into more depth and break down key components of this film.
“Alright Mr. Navorski we would like you to wait right here.” Viktor Navorski, the man from Krakozhia who is coming to fulfil his fathers dream of getting the last signature (Benny Golson) for his Planters Peanut canned filled of the other 57 jazz musicians. Mr. Navorski was living in a shopping mall at JFK airport and while he spent 9 months there, he found multiple ways to cope with waiting. His flight had been delayed due to his country being at war with itself, and the government. While they were at war, every Krakozhian was technically non existent. They did not have a country and thats what happened to Navorski. His visa was suspended due to him not having a country, and therefor could not exit the terminal and go home. Viktor was walking down this dark tunnel and later came toward the light, sort of like birth, you come from the dark but into the bright world, in his case he went into the mall. While being forced throughout this shopping mall Viktor faced some challenges that he had to overcome, he lost his food vouchers after Gupta picked them up from the floor after they slipped off of the seat when Navorski got up. So he had no food, for a little while, he later had figured out that after every cart you deliver get back a quarter. Navorski took advantage of that and started a little cart taking business. But later the Director of Customs and Border Protection Frank Dixon, who was not overly fond of Navorski, made some lady in charge of taking these carts and putting them away. Navorski was going to bed after a long day one day and he noticed a wall that was only half done, he became very crafty with his hands as he ended landing a job as a carpenter. Along the way he was making new friends and never was always there to assist, helping Enrique Cruz work up the courage to finally ask Dolores Torres to later marry him. He helped Gupta realize that always doing the right thing is a good thing, so later Gupta turned himself in after hiding from the Feds for over 23 years, after he stabbed a police officer. While he was working and helping friends he was also finding more ways to spend his time, including learning a new language and before the carpentry, trying to find a new job, he applied for a lot of jobs but nobody hired. Learning a new language for anyone is easy, but Navorski became very good at speaking english after he was using 2 books in his language, and in english to learn. Amelia Warren, a lady Navorski fell hard for her. He spent all his time waiting for her and she just kept going back to her “alpha male” Max.
“Stay away from me Viktor, I’m just as bad as Napoleon.” Napoleon was a man who was believed to be superior. He ingested tons of poisons into his body and had never died. Amelia keeps thinking that she is Napoleon in a way, by dating all of these men (poison) and this poison is somewhat making her weaker. Amelia is a first class flight attendant who has been waiting for such a long time for the pager to ring, and hope that it is the one who had got away from her. Amelia was very impatient when it came to waiting, an example is when she was on her way too the escalator to meet Max and catch her flight, but broke her heel off. Navorski was first on scene and helped her up and gave her a coupon, towards “Pay Less Shoes.” She was one of these character who could not wait overly much without running off. There was the Director of Customs and Border Protection, Frank Dixon, who could also not wait. He was trying to get rid of Navorski for quite some time, but couldn’t. Navorski had a feeling that Dixon did not like him overly much. Dixon tried so hard to get rid of him and when he couldn’t, he just became more obsessed with him. Frank told Viktor at one scene in the film that 2 guards would leave there post of guarding the doors for just 5 minutes. He was tempting Navorski to leave the terminal and become the FED’s problem. This is similar to the Devil tempting Jesus in the Juaean Desert where he tempted him with tons of nourishments. But Jesus refused. Later Satan vanished and the angels brought the supplies to Jesus after he fasted for 40 days. But Viktor while Dixon was watching through the camera was tempted, and thought about heading into New York, but in the end saying “I wait,” chose to stay.
The message to me in this movie from the directors point of view is that waiting is a part in life some people can cope with and others can’t. Viktor was eligible to wait on going into New York, and he was able to find ways to occupy it. Amelia Warren was different, she was one of the characters who could not cope with it. Waiting in life is always a good sign that you are a patient one. If you want something that you have to wait for, then wait for it. Don’t try and rush everything. Viktor waited on Amelia but she had other plans instead of Viktor. Gupta waited over 23 years to finally go home, and he finally turned himself in just to head back to his home town, to go and see his wife and kids. Frank Dixon was so obsessed with getting rid of Navorski he would do anything to get rid of him. But he also had a tough time to wait and tried to force Navorski out the doors. But Spielberg and Niccol did a great job of showing how if you were to want something that waiting is a good thing to do.
Jesus risked everything in his life for us to have the best life, and he would like us to have a grand society where you could keep everything in tact not have a bad place to live. Sacrifice is a good thing to have in your life, Navorski sacrificed his time to help everyone who needed help and Jesus sacrificed his life so we could be living here today. Its a good thing to wait, and the director really proved that in this movie the terminal. It was sort of like a Jesus life story which Navorski is the star. He proved that sacrifice and waiting is very key to having or getting what you want.