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      18.01.2014 22:28
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      Highly recommended

      I watched this movie over the Christmas holidays - I can't believe I waited 13 years after it was released to see it! The movie was released in 2000 and it was one of many movies I recorded on Sky+ over the holidays.

      The movie stars Tom Hanks, who plays a busy executive for the company FedEx. He's hardly at home, as he's mostly halfway across the world making sure business is operating as it should be. In the opening scenes of the movie we see how passionate he is about work.

      The movie is actually set during Christmas and so we see him flying home to be with his girlfriend for Christmas lunch. Life seems pretty hectic for the 2 of them but they are very much in love. He has to go away again on the night of Christmas but he promises his girlfriend he'll see her again soon. What happens next I cannot tell you as it would spoil the film, but I can tell you that it's very much worth watching.

      I love Tom Hanks anyway. He's a brilliant actor. I loved him from the days of 'Big' and since then he's done some absolutely amazing films including 'The Green Mile' and 'Forrest Gump'. In 'Castaway' he completely lived up to any other movies he's done. The majority of the film featured just him and he did a great job at keeping me interested, despite being the only character to watch for roughly 90% of the movie.

      The story line of the film was really captivating. It's definitely the sort of movie that makes you think and reflect about life.

      I'd highly recommend watching this if you haven't already seen it.

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        08.06.2012 00:56
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        Just amazing!

        I must start by saying that Tom Hanks is my favourite actor, so I may be a little bias here, but personally I think this film is utterly awersome!

        I would imagine that most people know the general storyline but in a nutshell it is about a guy named Chuck who works for Fed Ex and ends up stranded on a desert island following a plane crash. He firstly is expecting to be rescued, but as the days pass he starts to realise that nobody has a clue where he is. After various attempts to attract attention, make SOS signals etc he realises that he really must learn to survive on this island as he has no idea as to how long he may be there.

        As the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months and the months turn to years we see how this character learns to provide himself with food and shelter, how to make fire, how to deal with a bad case of toothache with no dentist in sight and most importantly how to keep himself sane. He is helped along his way by the contents of several Fed Ex packages which have washed up onto shore following the plane crash and also by a photo of his beloved fiancee whom he fears he may never see again.

        Honestly I could talk about this film all day but I don't want to spoil all the best parts by giving any more of the plot away. Suffice to say that the journey this character goes on is portrayed amazingly by Mr Hanks; it is difficult to think of another film where for the majority of it there is only actually one character and the amazing thing is how it never gets boring despite that.

        It doesn't have your typical happy ending, it is a different sort of happy ending and that is also what makes the film great, they didn't just decide to say 'and everyone lived happily ever after', there was such a lot of thought put into how this would actually end if this was real life.

        If you have never seen this film please watch it, it is beautiful, touching, harrowing, heart-warming and very thought provoking.

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        15.11.2011 18:37
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        An ok film but one to rent and not buy in my opinion!

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        Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) plays a FedEx executive committed to his job which takes him traveling worldwide solving productivity problems for the company. Happy in a relationship with a student called Kelly (Helen Hunt) we are introduced to his very busy lifestyle and his relationship with her at a Christmas meal with family and shown how happy they are. However their Christmas is interrupted when there is a problem for the company in Malaysia and off he goes plane bound.

        However there is a bad thunderstorm on the way and the plane crashes into the South Pacific but Chuck survives after grabbing a life boat and travels through terrential rain and storm and lands up on an island....castaway and with no one knowing he has survived. Quickly realising that there are no other inhabitants on the island he has to learn a new way of life. With no contact with the outside world, food to eat, clothing or people to talk to he has to learn ways of surviving and fast.

        Luckily some Fed Ex parcels from the aircraft turn up on the beach, along with a corpse of someone else who was on the plane and there are then materials that can be used. One of the items is a Wilson branded football to who becomes the lonely mans mate and who he has regular conversations with (and arguments lol) and the other thing for company is a fob watch Kelly gave him with her photograph in it for Christmas.

        Years pass by and the questions posed are will he survive and can he learn the skills to, will he be found or will he be his own rescuer and what if he did survive..... where is Kelly and what is she doing now? Years have past life and people move on after on with their lives after-all!

        My Verdict:

        The film for me was really slow gong. Of course though with one man pretty much acting his way through 3/4 of the movie it had no choice to be and I can't say Tom Hanks wasn't good in it cos he was and this was probably the best film he's ever been in (no that I'm a huge fan of his!). The special effects were very good, the music unmemorable though and the scenery was amazing and in fact I would have like to have been shown a little more of that.

        However I kept nodding off it was so slow and oddly enough the parts with Helen Hunt who played Kelly I found particularly boring. She isn't an actress I ever enjoy watching anyway and for me shes really wooden.

        However I did enjoy the ending of the film which I found sad and heartfelt which to me shows the cross roads of life and that we never know what the future may hold for us!

        The film lasted 143 minutes which for me and my mate personally felt was a little too long for us and it has a 12 rating which seems right to me just because there is blood in the film from where he gets injured!

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          27.06.2011 15:07
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          Fantastic movie about survival.5 stars *****

          CAST AWAY


          Released in 2001 (UK) this still remains one of my favourite movies. The film is mainly shot on an island Monuriki, which is sited off the coast of Fiji's largest island.


          The Plot

          The movie surrounds a FedEx systems engineer, Chuck Noland who lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his girlfriend Kelly Frears. Chuck's hectic work life interferes with their relationship as he is always away dealing with the business's problems.
          Whilst at a Christmas party with relatives Chuck is called away to resolve a problem in Malaysia. He gives Kelly a ring box as a Christmas present, and tells her not to open it until he gets back. He plans to propose on New Years Eve. Kelly gives Chuck a pocket watch with a picture of herself glued inside, which he takes with him.
          Chuck gets on the plane along with the pilots and his nightmare begins. They fly through a violent storm and the plane crashes into the sea. Chuck manages to escape the plane and is saved by an inflatable raft. He loses consciousness and floats all night in the raft before being washed up on an island. When he first arrives on the island he explores it to find it uninhabited. He becomes frustrated as he tries to survive. FedEx packages from the plane are washed up onto the island containing some unusually useful items, one of the items being a volleyball. Chuck's bloody hand leaves a subtle appearance of a face on the ball. He names it 'Wilson' and begins talking to it.
          We see Chuck struggle to catch food, start fires and find safe water to drink when he first arrives. He believes he will never be found. He finds a cave and uses it for shelter. The only company he has is Wilson and the pocket watch with Kelly's picture.
          Four years later Chuck is still on the island, with long hair, beard & looking thinner. Over the years he has learnt how to make something useful out of anything he finds. Chuck even contemplates suicide as he doesn't think he will escape. He doesn't go through with it and tries his hardest to send signals via HELP messages on the beach, and large fires. He realises his chances of being found are slim and does his best to survive. After years of experience he is a pro at surviving alone on the island, but never gives up on the hope of getting back to Kelly.
          I won't give anymore information on the plot as it could spoil it for people who haven't seen it yet.


          Characters

          Main

          Chuck Noland- Tom Hanks
          Kelly Frears- Helen Hunt
          Wilson as himself!

          Additional

          Albert "Al" Miller (Pilot)- Vince Martin
          Ramon- Paul Sanchez
          Bettina Peterson- Lari White
          Jerry Lovett- Chris Noth
          Stan- Nick Searcy

          The movie has more characters but these are the ones that play more of a significant part.


          Technical Information


          Director- Robert Zemeckis
          Writer- William Broyles Jr.

          Release Dates:
          USA- 22 Dec 2000
          UK- 12 Jan 2001

          Runtime- 143 minutes
          Age Rating- 12+


          My Opinion

          The idea of this movie is simple yet complex. It is a man trying to survive on an island. Whilst some people may find this kind of movie boring as there isn't that much talking, I found it extremely entertaining. There is a lot of interesting things going on in the film so it wasn't a problem that there was little talking. There is a lot of dialogue before & after the island so It was a perfect balance for me. People with an issue should have watched something else as It is to be expected!
          I found it hilarious when Chuck was having a conversation with the volleyball. He left pauses as if Wilson was talking back!
          Tom Hanks plays the part wonderfully. I was impressed with the way he looked thinner after four years on the island, he obviously had to lose weight for real. That's dedication to the role! They have left no stone unturned in my opinion.
          I liked the way Chuck made useful items from everyday things he found. The movie shows him develop his survival skills and adapt to the setting, gradually as opposed to instantly knowing what to do. You see him trying hopelessly to start a fire, his hands sore from twisting sticks. Small details like this makes this such a great hit. Then when he eventually starts his first fire, he is overjoyed with his achievement.
          Chuck doesn't give up trying to get home which I thought was touching. There is a mixture of things in this movie that makes it a brilliant watch. 5 stars *****

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            24.01.2010 05:43

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            An enjoyable Hollywood film that is probably not loved by everyone but should be seen by most people

            This is a very unusual film for Tom Hanks. Scratch that, it's a very unusual film for Hollywood!

            When I originally watched this film I wasn't too sure about it. I watched it again and loved it!

            There isn't much dialogue throughout the film at all so it is a bit weird to watch at first.

            However, this is a great adventure film set on a desert island.

            It shows you how strong the mental and physical spirit of a human being can be.

            We go on a journey with Tom Hanks in his fight to stay alive on the island and what he does to achieve that.

            There are some corny things about the film such as his friend, Wilson, the volleyball.

            I just couldn't take that seriously at all and didn't feel much when he and Wilson parted.

            CG was used to create a lot of the background scenery and it is flawless!

            Hanks performance is great as usual and Helen Hunt's performance as his wife is serviceable for the film.

            It has the type of ending that makes the audience wonder what happened after the movie finishes so the conclusion is not spelt out for anyone.

            This can work badly in some films but it works for this one.

            It is definetely a film that is an acquired taste and is probably not loved by typical movie goers although I could be wrong about that.

            But I will recommend this one, it is an adventure film of a different kind!

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            24.11.2009 17:49

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            A lengthy but rewarding outing

            note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

            Tom Hanks amazes me. The man has turned in so many brilliant performances over the years that it's difficult to think of what else he could do. Cast Away, however, was the ultimate challenge: as a man shipwrecked on an island, he dominates the screen for well over an hour by himself, and so the film has to largely rely on his charisma and personality. It's one of the bravest moves that a studio film has done in the history of cinema, but it paid off dividends, as the film was a huge hit, and Hanks was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards.

            Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) works for FedEx, ensuring that all delivers go according to plan, which doesn't leave him with much time for his girlfriend, student Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt). However, when he leaves to oversee a delivery, he gives her a box for Christmas, with the inference being that it's an engagement ring, and that they can open it together when he gets back. However, the plane goes down and he is the sole survivor, washing up on a small, deserted island, where he will have to fend for himself or otherwise succumb to the elements. A lot of time passes, and we get a glimpse at various aspects of the confinement: dealing with an injury, foraging for food, and fending off total dementia by pretending that his football is a friend.

            One of the bravest films of the modern Hollywood system, Cast Away remains compelling despite little dialogue thanks to Tom Hanks' immersive performance, complete with apt musings on the man vs. nature debate, and an ending that side-steps schmaltz surprisingly.

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            16.10.2009 22:17
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            An interesting and enjoyable film

            We recently got this DVD on offer in HMV. It was reduced to only £3 so we thought we would buy it as we had enjoyed watching the film before. Castaway was originally released in 2001 in the UK.

            The story of the film is based around a man who works for fed-ex (the parcel delivery company). Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) loves his job and travels all over the world to make sure the company get parcels to people in the quickest time possible. Chuck is obsessed by time and likes to time everything within his life. He is so busy with his job that he doesn't get to see his girlfriend Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt) as much as he would like. Unfortunately on christmas eve he gets dragged away from Kelly and his family for work. Before he leaves Kelly gives him an ancient pocket watch that belonged to her Grandfather with a picture of herself inside it. Chuck sets off on his journey on the plane, but on the way the plane gets caught up in a massive storm and ends up crashing into the sea. Chuck manages to drift away from the wreckage in a life raft and ends up on a deserted island. What will Chuck do now? Miles away from civilisation and even the watch he was given has stopped working.

            I think the story of the film was a really interesting one. It was quite a serious storyline but one that was good to follow. There were elements of romance, with Chucks relationship with Kelly and also a few elements of humour along the way. The story sets itself up well and makes you understand the characters. It goes on just long enough for you to get a good feel for what is going on before the main part of the story happens. I am not usually a fan of more serious films but I liked this as the other elements of it made it still enjoyable. It is also based on a situation that you could actually imagine happening so you have more empathy with the characters.

            The love story is quite an interesting one as Chuck is seperated from the woman he loves, Kelly. I found it really touching how throughout the story she is very important to him. It is also a bit different from the usual man and woman meet and fall in love story. There are some other parts in the film that also show the impact all this had on their relationship, which i think again stray from the normal type of romance within films.

            I really liked the main character Chuck. I think he seems like a person that is likeable throughout the film but you can easily see the faults he has from the begining. This makes him seem more like a human though and does make you feel for him throughout the film. His character definitely changes throughout due to the circumstances he is under but he does still remain the same person deep down.

            Tom Hanks was the actor who played the main character Chuck. He is well known for his part in many famous films. He had a tough job with this film as for the majority of the film he is on his own and has no other characters with him. For an actor to have to do this must be hard as it means they have to showcase their own acting without using someone else to support them. I think Tom Hanks did a great job though and was incredibly convincing. He managed to play the character well through romantic , scenes and calm scenes. He showed that he has a great versatility which was needed for this film. Considering a lot of the film he was talking to himself or 'Wilson' (a football), he demonstrated how someone may be if they were left on their own for so long.

            The other actors and actresses in the film were also very good although they did not have as big a role as Tom Hanks did. I think Helen Hunt played Kelly well, as someone who went from being happy to very confused. I was surprised to also see Chris Noth (Mr Big in sex and the city) to appear towards the end.

            I wasn't overly keen on the ending of the story but I think it was an OK ending. I would prefer to know exactly what will happen rather than be left hanging a bit.

            I think the film is suitable for women and men which is what makes it a great film to watch together. There are elements that a lot of people will enjoy.

            Cast Away is 138 minutes long, which I think is a good length. It is quite a long film but it didn't get boring to me.

            Overall I think Cast Away is an interesting and enjoyable film to watch. I would recommend it.

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              05.08.2009 21:59
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              An Excellent Film

              Well it just so happens I am watching Castaway on TV as I write this review. But I love this film and have been meaning to get round to writing a review on it for a while, so now seemed like as good a time as any.

              Castaway came out back in 2000. It was a massive hit at the box office and got nominated for two Oscars. The film stars Tom Hanks and also has a brief appearence by Helen Hunt.

              The film is the story of Chuck a FedEx worker who is on a plane when it crash lands in the middle of the ocean. He survives the crash and makes it onto a life raft. Next things he knows he is washed up on a deserted island all alone. The story tells how Chuck (Tom Hanks) goes on surviving.

              There is very little dialogue in this film, as most of it is just one character on his own. I know some people did not like this fact and found the film somewhat boring. I am not one of these people though, I love the way the film shows how Chuck learns to cope with life on his own and how he survives. He learns from his mistakes and teaches himself all the skills he needs in order to survive.

              Tom Hanks' acting in this film is wonderful. It must have been so difficult acting on his own with nobody to act along with. His emotions really come through and he gives a very convincing performance. As the story progresses we are becoming emotionally involved and really wanting things to work out for Chuck.

              The DVD itself is rated 12, there is very little in it that is offensive. The odd swear word and some slightly disturbing scenes in places. But nothing to serious and doubt it will ofend many people.

              The film runs for 143 minutes which is along time really. And if I'm honest it does drag towards the end a little. Maybe they could have knocked 15 mins off the end to wrap it up quicker. But most of the film flies by.

              The DVD has all the standard extras you would expect, trailers etc... But to be honest you should buy this for the film itself rather than any extras.

              Overall this is a great film. Have seen it a few times now and always enjoy it. The story is really good and the acting excellent. This is really one that everyone should watch. Go get yourself a copy today.

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                28.06.2009 19:13
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                Highly recommend you give it a go

                Castaway was released nine years ago in 2000 and stars Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland; a FedEx executive who is involved in a plane crash leaving him alone on a tropical island, with only parcels to keep him company. The movies shows his struggle to survive in this new place and Hanks gives an admirable performance of being helpless and afraid. Robert Zemeckis then jumps forward four years to show an almost unrecognisable Chuck, who has learnt some new skills and made a new friend!

                I felt the middle of the movie weakened but it must have been difficult to create sub-plots so although it was a little tedious, I wasn't put off. It doesn't become boring or silly and Robert Zemeckis keeps it realistic and produces some memorable scenes that will later be done as a Family Guy scene.

                Tom Hanks always leads a movie very well and this is no exception. His personality change from an enthusiastic and energetic workaholic, to a deflated and hopeless castaway was flawless. The supporting cast were decent, more so at the start of the movie than the end. The ending itself is much better than I was expecting and it wasn't predictable or dull. It was very nicely done.

                Castaway is a must watch movie. It's one I would put on a list of movies to see before you die. Not because it's the greatest thing on film but because it was very elegantly made and I think it will become a very memorable movie in the future.

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                  **** What Led Me To The Film ****

                  Having been poorly over the last few days, I have been spending alot of time in bed so I decided to watch a few movies, that i own on dvd some of which have not been watched since I originally bought them.

                  Castaway is a film that I purchased nearly five years ago and it has been collecting dust ever since, so I thought I would dust off the cobwebs and re-watch it.

                  **** Basic Plot ****

                  It starts with a sucessfull Fed Ex worker Chuck Noland ( Tom Hanks ) who has to board a christmas flight in order to make sure Fed Ex are delivering packages in the best possible time. However the weather takes a turn for the worst and plummets into the ocean killing everyone on board except Hanks.

                  After hours in the water Chuck is washed up on to a deserted island, where he awaits rescue which never comes.

                  So the basic plot revolves around Chuck ( Hanks ) going through the ups and downs on tring to survive on the island alone. he learns to fish, make fire and even forms a friend ship with a football called wilson.

                  After four years Chuck takes matters into his own hands and tries to escape the island, but this also adds to his adventure.

                  I will not spoil the film by going into to much detail, but all I will say is the it is a very gripping watch.

                  **** My Views ****

                  Considering Tom Hanks basically carried this whole film off alone, it was a fantastic watch. he kept me entertained from start to finish and even managed to stir up my emotions from time to time.

                  With this film I had many emotions such as tears, laughter, sorrow and happiness with a huge element of wonder that kept me guessing right to the end.

                  if this is afilm you have not yet seen I strongly advise your watch it as I is amazing and as I said before Hank's performance is faultless right up untill the end.

                  You can buy this for as little a £1.99 on play.com and it is currently 3.00 in tesco.

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                    A truly remarkable film that should of seen Tom Hanks get another Oscar for his acting.

                    Tom Hanks is fat, and then he loses over two stone all in the art of acting. Yes the big makes some personal sacrifices in making Cast Away, including taking a year out of filming just so he can lose the weight and grow his hair and beard.

                    The story follows Chuck (Tom Hanks) who works for FedEx, he is one of their main men and helps FedEx around the world improve their times on delivery. One night during Christmas party he is called out and has to leave his love of his life for his work, they exchange presents one which looks like an engagement ring, and promises he will back for New Year. During his flight over the Pacific the plane encounters extreme turbulence and crashes into the ocean. With Chuck being the only survivor, he is washed up on a deserted island, in only the clothes he wears and a few packages washed up from the plane crash. The film then follows his fight for survival and the ever important question of if he will ever escape the island.

                    For me this is one of Tom Hanks better roles, you really do feel for his pain and suffering trying to imagine what it might feel like trapped on a desert island. The bare essential needs of food, shelter and water are all examined closely to show how much we take these simple things for granted. He really puts great emphasis on how his life has turned upside down and how slowly but surely he adapts to his new life. The desert island itself was perfect, they didn't choose a paradise island and instead a more hostile island that you would want to avoid yourself.

                    Cast are as follows-
                    Tom Hanks- Chuck Nolan
                    Helen Hunt- Kelly Frears
                    Nick Searcy- Stan
                    Anne Bellamy- Anne Larson


                    I have the two disc box set of the DVD which consists of the usual making off the movie features, a couple of trailers and a very informative audio commentary from Robert Zemeckis the director.

                    A truly remarkable film that should of seen Tom Hanks get another Oscar for his acting.

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                      A great film that keeps you interested the whole time.

                      I have heard and read so many opinions on this film.. some saying it was absolutely rubbish and i just stand there completely gob smacked.. Ive heard people say "but there is no talking hardly in it?" errrmm what do you expect its a guy on an island lol.

                      Castaway is one of my most favourite films every made. It is truly amazing.

                      Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) a fed-ex executive, he goes on a business trip by plane but the plane hits troubles and crashes into the sea. Chuck is the only one to survive the crash and is washed up onto a deserted island. He has to survive and find his way..

                      I don't want to give too much away about the story because you really must see it to appreciate it.

                      This film leaves me thinking "what if", how does someone survive such a situation because you never know what could happen to you. The isolation.. how do you cope being on your own for such a long time?

                      Director Robert Zemeckis captures this film in such a realistic and believable way that it leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat.

                      A brilliant film, a must see...

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                        An Interesting movie to be watched with family

                        Cast Away was a story about a FedEx courier who got an airplane accident and landed in an deserted island. After some failed attempts to go back to the maindland and tired of tring to reach a help, he should received the reality that he had to live alone in the island.
                        Having no shelter, food nor something to support life, the man tried to discover any way he could to survive.

                        The story was flowing very slowly but yet it was something which was very entertaining. It was almost a whole movie of monologue done by the very famous actor, Tom Hanks. I was very impressed of his performance in Cast Away. He transformed himself to a thin bearded guy which experiencing psychological breakdown after some times in the land.
                        I love watching this movie because it would draw lots of curiosiy of how this man could survive. The visual was really great, the view of the deserted land and the beach was very beautiful. And also, there was a very entertaining storyline and a smooth ending for this movie.
                        Sometimes I thought that it was a subliminal FedEx advertising in this movie but well, since the movie was very god, I don't think I have the problem with that.
                        I would recommend this movie for those who like some drama with a psychological game in the movie.

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                        Castaway is Amazing.

                        This movie is absolutely wonderful and heartmelting and warming. It is a highly acclaimed drama that has been revered all around the world. It is a little bit long, but the moving story that this movie tells is well worth the time it takes to watch this awe inspiring film.

                        Chuck Noland, played fantastically by Tom Hanks, works for Fed Ex as the efficiency supervisor. It is Chuck's job to travel all around the world evaluating different Fed Ex's operations efficiency. On Christmas Eve Chuck receives an emergency assignment that he must attend to at that moment. Before he leaves, he proposes to his long time girlfriend Kelly, she says yes of course and gives him his Christmas present, an engraved pocket watch.

                        While this trip seems just like any other. Chuck's plane runs into some horrific weather and crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Chuck is the only survivor of the crash and finds his way to a small deserted island where most of the rest of the movie takes place. Chuck spends YEARS surviving alone on this island fending for himself and trying to form a plan of escape by building a raft. The rest of the movie is about how he keeps himself alive by hunting and fishing for food, building his own shelter, and he even creates a friend for himself out of a volleyball that he gives a face and calls Wilson. Chuck's only reason for living is finding a way off of this island and back to the love of his life.

                        This is a touching and daring story and if you rent or buy this movie I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

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                          17.10.2008 16:02
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                          A remarkable journey

                          Studying Robinson Crusoe as part of my English degree course Cast Away is one of the film that it is recommended that you watch. Eager to do the very best I can at University, who wouldn't when they've paid over £3000 for a year, I went out and purchased the DVD.

                          Cast Away was released in 2000 and stars Tom Hanks. The film is in short a really spectacular piece of viewing and Tom Hanks certainly deserves a great deal of credit for this. To introduce you to the film I am going to quote one of the tag lines from the DVD box: "Discover the unforgettable journey of hope, courage and survival".

                          Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is a FedEx systems engineer. The clock rules his life, as he places great emphasis on the on-time delivery of the parcels under his care. This means that everything around him is quite often put on hold whilst he deals with the company that in many ways rules his life. The film first joins Chuck during the festive season and we see just how great a part stopwatches, timers and pagers play in his life. This is brought more to the forefront when he rushes away from a Christmas dinner and towards an airport after being paged. In the car on the way to the airport Chuck exchanges gifts with his girlfriend and before departing to board the plane he hands her a small box, which he tells her not to open until he returns.

                          Returning as quickly as he had planned however proves more difficult than he could ever have imagined because when his plane falls into difficulties and eventually crashes killing the rest of the crew onboard Chuck finds the fast-paced existence is his used to come to an abrupt end. Isolated on a desert island Chuck must do everything he can to survive. In doing so however he comes to realise that his own personal journey has only just begun...

                          Cast Away is in my opinion a true masterpiece, as the story it tells is a powerful one and highlights the strength of the human spirit as well as how a want and a will to survive can quite often be the key to doing so. Tom Hanks truly is remarkable in his role and gives a powerhouse performance throughout.

                          The role itself is quite a difficult one as throughout three-quarters of the film Hanks must act completely on his own yet it is this that I feel he really excels at. The emotion he manages to convey simply in a look or a minute action is something that should definitely be commended. The relationship that he founds with a volleyball he names Wilson is also exceptionally touching and brings to the foreground the idea that human beings need companionship and when living companionship cannot be found they must create their own.

                          The overall feel of the film is also fantastic. The surroundings are amazing and plunge the audience into the reality of life on the island. The filming of the film is also masterful and adds a great sense of realism to the wonderful tale being told. The air crash is harrowing and at times uncomfortable meaning that the audience is placed right into the centre of the action and therefore is in the right mindset to understand the thoughts and feelings of the character they are going to spend the rest of the film with.

                          In contrast the scenes on the island are shot with a greater delicacy and in this way help to portray that the island is free of danger apart from the danger which Chuck can create himself - the danger of his own mind. Similarly the scenes towards the end of the film where Chuck attempts to escape from the island are also shot with a great tenderness especially those concerning the relationship between Wilson and Chuck. These are however juxtaposed with much rougher and harsher scenes whereby the sea throws about the small raft. This works brilliantly and helps to distinguish what Chuck can control, his emotions and relationships, and those he cannot, nature.

                          The entire film is aided along by some subtle yet brilliantly placed music that help to heighten each emotion that Chuck films yet also control the pace and tempo of the film. Quite often it is the music and the facial expressions of Chuck himself that guide the film in the correct direction and make it such a pleasure to watch.

                          In conclusion I have to say that Cast Away is a truly outstanding film. I will admit that the film may not be something that everyone will enjoy but it does in my opinion suit a wide audience, as although the story is simple, the issues behind it are far more complex than they may at first seem.

                          Cast Away can be purchased relatively cheaply from most DVD shops. My copy cost me £5 and was definitely worth the price. So go on grab yourself a copy and let yourself live the journey of one mans self-discovery.

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                          A FedEx executive (Tom Hanks) must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.