The cast and crew are half borrowed from the director's previous venture - Catch Me If You Can. The director, lead actor, cinematographer and one half of the screenwriters are the same.
The story line is though simple, yet holds the audience together. The sub plots are feel-good, mushy types - sometimes give the impression of some sitcom sans background chuckles.
An airport's transit lounge is a world in itself. Hanks has played the character of a middle-east native, who knows little English but has sharp brains for his innocent face. He is stranded over there, literally penniless, and has to survive. The way Hanks has performed, one can really feel the character's predicament. He virtually lived the character.
Chief airport officer don't want him there; Hanks is a crisis in his affairs. Stanley Tucci does a brilliant job here. But there is airport crew which helps him in small ways. A newly developed camaraderie between Hanks and them is enjoyable.
The only glitch in the story line is the romantic angle. It seems Catherine Zeta Jones had no business being over there as her character and sub plot is very loosely built. Got bored during those encounters, but thankfully it was not carried for too long.
In the end, a nice movie. Those two hours were well spent. Don't miss it, never mind if it's a flop in US.