“Cinema is truth at 24 frames per second.”
“Cinema is lies at 24 frames per second.”
The following twenty four questions are prompts for a critical engagement of the film. Some can be answered immediately after watching, while others might require further research.
The Terminal (2004)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Andrew Niccol, Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson
- What is Viktor Navorski’s mission?
- Who “sent” him on this mission?
- What is significant about the title of the film?
- How does Frank Dixon’s name connect to the theme in the move?
- Does Frank love his job?
- How is Frank contrasted with Viktor?
- What happens as people come into contact with Viktor?
- How is Amelia Warren revealed through her name?
- What does Viktor do with his hands throughout the film?
- What does Frank do with his hands throughout the film?
- Why did the writer’s chose a goat for Viktor’s story over the heart medicine?
- How does Viktor repair relationships throughout the film?
- How is Viktor like/unlike Napoleon?
- What is the role of music in the film?
- How does language and miscommunication play in each relationship with Viktor?
- What is the role of gifts in the film?
- What is the role of barriers in the film?
- How does Frank embody Law?
- How does Viktor embody Grace?
- Who else, like Viktor, is between worlds (“unacceptable”)?
- Why would the film end with Amelia “unacceptable”?
- Is Law abandoned at the end or is it reborn?
- What are common themes and elements in Andrew Niccol’s films?
- What are common themes and elements in Steven Spielberg’s films?