Cast Away

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Tom Hanks “gives one of the towering screen performances of all time” (New York Post) as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island. As Chuck struggles to survive, he finds that his own personal journey has only just begun… essential video
Cast Away is a good movie that wants to be much better. While director Robert Zemeckis’s earlier film … More >>

Cast Away

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  1. The first disconnect involves the physics of the jet hitting the water and the resulting vectors of anything with mass, which certainly includes our hero. OK, the film’s director/advisers never took physics in school.

    However, the circuit-breaker is the volleyball, Wilson, and all of the invested emotions surrounding it. It’s a spiritual tragedy when it is lost at sea?

    Why not have the protagonist adopt an orphaned (deformed/crippled) baby bird, for instance. Imagine a fragile and utterly dependent entity filled with energy, song, and the joy of each new sunrise. Now imagine this crippled little life that you’d carefully nursed and nurtured for years; your entire reason for surviving, blown out to sea and lost in the maelstrom because of a moment of exhausted inattention.

    This solitude could have sown a deep spirituality and profound respect for all life. Did our boy grow to honor the lives that gave him life? Obviously not, as he callously throws down the crab’s leg and takes no notice of the other wasted lives at the company’s banquet.

    Solitude can be a path to enlightenment, as it has for many of history’s sages. Our hero? He moons around his old, now married, girlfriend? He mopes around hotel rooms speaking of loss? He had no substance to lose, except adipose…

    What was the point? Always carry a volleyball in your carry-on?

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. There. That pretty much sums it up.

    OK, I’ll tell you a bit more. Tom Hanks is some work-obsessed jobsworth postal worker guy who MUST deliver all his packages in record time (clearly a work of complete fiction), and, oh-ho – in one of life’s little ironies, he gets trapped on a desert island.

    Now, the thought of Tom Hanks running around in little more than a loin cloth for more than an hour wasn’t exactly appealing to me either, but I stuck with it. I really wish I hadn’t.

    The stuff on the island is decent enough, but then of course ol’ Tom goes nuts. He finds a football washed up on shore and it becomes his best friend. He paints a face on it, gives it a name and has full blown conversations with it.

    But then, the really annoying part? When he gets OFF the island, all traces, every single one, of madness are gone. He becomes a fully functioning human being again. So, er, what was the POINT OF THE WHOLE MOVIE THEN?????

    A waste of time. And not even a GOOD waste of time.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. I can’t believe people waste money on this bloated Fedex infomercial! They must be the same people that keep voting Republican or Democrat and thinking that each time they will get a different result.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Tom gives such a tremendo… what the hell am I saying… this movie is perfect for those nights where you just want to close your eyes and drift off to sleep to the sound of the ocean. Tom’s infrequent, frantic outbursts only stir imagery of a better world where people like Tom are tortured and left to die on a island filled with no scripts. Oh how I long for just 4 more years of no Hanks films…. aye but it tis the way of the beast. But seriously – hanks can go to hell, other than that one of my favorite movies.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. I was definately NOT impressed with this movie whatsoever. I think it could have been done a different way and been an ok movie but it wasn’t Over half of the movie is him alone on an island doing absolutely nothing and looking horrific.I could actually smell him stinch when watching. HOWEVER…if you are into watching a man lose his mind on an island for 2 hours and do nothing but talk to a ball then buy it. I thought this movie was one of the worst produced movies available today for purchase. Tom Hanks at his worst.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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