Just saw this movie today, and you can imagine my delight at seeing that Viktor Navorski (sp?), Tom Hanks' character, is Orthodox Christian.
He does the eastern sign of the cross before he eats at one point...and his (fictional) country of Krakozhia borders Russia, which to me is further proof that Krakozhia is meant to be a small Orthodox country. Viktor follows all the rules, will not break the law to gain his freedom, but will
bend a few rules here and there where innocent lives will be affected.
The only HUGE complaint I have with the movie is the dumb (REALLY dumb!) love story the filmmakers attempted, that failed miserably. Catherine Zeta-Jones' character does NOTHING to further the plot, and the "love story" is just such bunk, and so ridiculous, it completely clouds the story of a man who leaves his homeland to fulfill a promise he made to someone very dear to him (I will not give any more away
), and all the lives he touches as he goes.
I am also curious about the language he speaks...I am pretty sure it is some form of Russian, because at one point he speaks to a Russian man, but I would be curious as to what they did to pure Russian (if there is such a thing
) in order to make it "Krakozhian," if they did anything at all.
Overall, a good movie, but would be SO MUCH better if the whole Zeta-Jones plotline were CUT OUT.
If anyone else sees it, I would be interested in your opinions.