Cast Away

I never should have gotten on that plane

From Cast Away, 2000

"Cast Away" by Robert Zemeckis is one of the finest American films of the millennium. At first glance, it seems to be updating the story of Robinson Crusoe, but looking deeper, it is mainly a reflection of the consumer society and its pitfalls. Tom Hanks, director of Federal Express, escapes a plane crash and is forced to live on an island for four years before returning to civilization. Wonderful interpretation of Hanks, who alone bears on his shoulders three-quarters of the movie and had to grow more than twenty pounds during the first part of the story. During filming breaks, Zemeckis shot the equally beautiful "Beneath" with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. A work not to be missed which explores in depth the human being and returns moments of surprises, too often forgotten.

Chuck Noland never has a minute to relax. Service manager at a large international carrier, he travels the world tirelessly to improve the performance of its business, refine its communication systems, initiate and stimulate teams able to work in a timely increasingly tight. Single point of reference, a haven of rest in this busy life: his wife Kelly, he found only a few hours a month, very little time for holiday dinner but dream to marry ... the day when he has time.

During one trip, Chuck is the victim of a crash. His plane sank in the Pacific, causing the crew to the bottom of the ocean. Clinging to a life raft, Chuck adrift overnight before running aground on a desert island. Alone in the world ...

Deprived of its traditional landmarks, the castaway must learn in basic emergency actions for survival. Any problem: finding water, food, to burn treated by makeshift means a wound or an abscess ... Patient and inventive, Chuck made his benefit of the few items saved from the crash and thus overcomes the physical tests . A small photo of Kelly, it looks in moments of anxiety, helps fight against loneliness and despair, a balloon, on which he draws his blood with a human face, becomes his favorite partner, his companion misfortune.

Four years pass, Chuck gets tough, unpublished reflexes acquires, develops a new approach to the world. Then fate throws on the beach a new relic in which Chuck sees a way out. Trying all for everything, he left his island towards civilization. Nothing will ever be. But he has gained in return the priceless gift: the freedom to choose their destiny.

Tom wanted to tell the story of a man stranded on a desert island and was suddenly deprived of all the amenities and conveniences of modern life. Engineers at the FedEx system, the trade of Chuck Noland is to" connect men to men "around the world and now he finds himself disconnected from everything."

From this point of departure quickly arise other questions: what would happen to Chuck Noland on this island? How can he survive his loneliness? In response, Broyles decided to share one-time experiences of his character. After contacting two experts primitive technology, it 's "failed" voluntarily on an island near the Sea of Cortes and tried to invent ways to survive.

Cast Away was an American film produced in 2000 by director Robert Zemeckis. The film stars Tom Hanks as the lone character for the majority of the film, during which time he portrays an employee of a well-known package delivery company who survives a plane crash in the Pacific, and washes ashore on a tiny deserted island.

The main character, Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks), enters the story as an efficient employee and delivery agent motivated by good organisation and management of time, which he considers to be a precious commodity. He is comfortable with the life that he has, and enjoys a long-term relationship with girlfriend Kelly Frears (played by Helen Hunt).

However, he is torn away from this life by an air accident which leaves him trapped and alone on an island, suddenly cut off from the convenient means of communications that he once enjoyed, and that he might have used to call for help. Like many old movies, the satire is incredible.

On the island, he finds himself in a different world, seemingly millions of miles away from civilisation. Cold and hungry, he struggles to survive the first stormy night under the palm trees, and the days after see him scavenging for food and drinkable water. Forced to fend for himself, he must command his ingenuity to let go off the comforts and conveniences of the past, so that he might achieve even seemingly simple tasks, like making fire to stay warm and dry or sitting in simple furniture in the comforts of home.

Time passes. Noland recovers some of the mail packages that are washed up by the sea from the plane crash, and searches them for usable materials. However, he finds one package marked with feathered wings, and perhaps taking this as a sign, decides not to open the package, but to conserve a small part of his old duty, and try to survive so that he can on day escape and deliver it to the addressee. Also, in a moment of despair and loneliness, the audience gains insight to the psychology of Noland, as he distracts himself after an injury by painting a smiling face on a salvaged volleyball and calling it “Wilson”.

The island continues to throw trials that Noland must learn to pass if he is to survive for any length of time, and a sore tooth, innocuous by any other situation, forces him to confront intense physical pain and overcome the instinctive hesitation to avoid self-harm.

More time passes. Weeks turn into months, and months into years. Four years later, we return to Noland to find him a worn, ragged but stubborn and persistent transformation of his former self. Used to being alone, he is nearly naked and deeply tanned by the relentless sun. He has also developed a deep and meaningful relationship with “Wilson”, his only friend, which itself has been transformed from a simple volleyball into an anthropomorphic being, capable of maintaining lengthy conversations and impressive arguments with Noland, if only in the latter’s mind.

Having repeatedly failed to escape the unusual tides that encompass the island, we see that the island has almost willingly denied Noland even the choice to take his own life, and so he has resorted to mastering the island and its unseen natural laws in an effort to exploit them and expedite an escape.

His time comes when he realises a rare annual change in the tides, and he resolves to use some materials washed up by the sea to build a raft capable of getting him out into the deep sea. But the escape is not without personal cost – he loses “Wilson” at sea, and the distress of his bereavement is tangible in Tom Hank’s performance. Alone at sea, on a wrecked raft with only the duty of delivering the final parcel that he has with him, he must survive long enough to be rescued.

Tom Hanks received an Oscar Nomination for his performance in this film at the 73rd Academy Awards.

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