I find Hanks attempt at a portrayal of non-English speaking foreigner offensive. Why is anyone who doesn't speak English in America portrayed as a forest gump type character with a mental age of 6? Yet when American films feature Americans abroad they're always portrayed as intelligent, resourceful, brave, heroic, etc.
I thought Speilburg would have been a bit more intelligent than to portray a foreign like this. In no way was it complementary at all. I mean, the part where he started dismantling the seats - do Americans really think that foreigns have never heard of an airport and have no idea what seats are?
I'm probably the only one, but I found this film verging on offensive. Half way though I wasn't sure, is this film about a man from an ex Russian state in civil war stranded at an airport, or was it about a mentally ill bafoon with a mental age of 6?
I accept that the character would likely be lost and confused as he doesn't understand English in a largely mono-linguistic country, but still I can't think of any sane person who would act in the way he did in the film, even if they couldn't understand the language. The film was based on the Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri who was denied refuge in France and subsquently spent many years living at the airport. Yet I'm pretty sure he did not behave in the manner that the character portrayed in The Terminal did, I believe he behaved as a normal sane person.
brilliant movie...don't you dare mock it! he had an iq of 75..what do you expect?
I've not seen it but the fact you were offended makes me want to stomp on your face. Get real mannnn.
I'm with the OP, Tom Hanks portrayed the character as if he was from another planet rather than another country.
Well, i bet he has friends...... Even with that low IQ
Completely disagree with OP - his performance is of someone who speaks no english; that's what you'de look like in that situation in many other countries. Or maybe you can look suave and sophisticated when you don't know what's going on and you don't speak the language?
hmmm, you should complain about forrest gump and his potrayal of an american with the brain of a 5 year old
OP - if you went to somewhere not knowing the language, the locals didn't speak english and you had no idea what was going on or what they were saying you would appear just as stupid to them as tom hank's character even if in reality you were a genius who just didn't know their language.
In the film he's portrayed as a very capable if not talented building contracter who creates things with limited tools etc. Plus, he learns English (supposedly) from a single handbook. Yeah, real age of a 6 year old you cretin.
Some people are such poon tangs in this forum