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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Compelling

    This movie is certainly not boring (as one viewer has noted). If one is expecting explosions, earth-shaking climaxes, alien lifeforms, or protracted romance this is not the movie to watch. Castaway demands attention--something most people can't spare today. It deals with man in isolation, in timelessness--the exact same kind of isolation/timelessness the previous review couldn't take. It moves a man to an island and strips him of all his stuff, all his companions, and sees what he becomes. The interesting part of this movie is the situation and the result it has on the main character, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks). It definitley tends toward the existential, culminating in the final scene where Noland (note the play on the name) stands at a literal crossroads after having lost everything. The acting is very well done; the direction and cinematography are wonderful. Even the quiet sound editing is artfuly reflective of the isolation of the main character. This is a movie for thoughtful audiences, not people who are looking for Tom Hanks tames the wild jungle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    very heart warming,TOM HANKS is the best actor of all time.....

    very heart warming,TOM HANKS is the best actor of all time.....

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Tom Hanks.....excellent!

    Excellent acting. This is a movie to keep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Cast Away" Is A Keeper

    This is a wonderful movie that is more encompassing than just a man who is stranded on an island for four years. It is a heartwarming, yet realistic film full of symbolisms and life lessons. Tom Hanks plays the part of Chuck Noland, a very organized and time oriented and driven individual. He finds himself suddenly jerked out of the safety of his world (quite literally), and thrust into a survival situation when a plane he is traveling on crashes into the ocean and he is washed ashore a remote island. The movie starts with a FedEx truck stopping by a farm house picking up a package to be delivered overseas. The woman in the barn is listening to Elvis Presley when the truck leaves, carrying a box that has an insignia of angelic type wings on it. The package is delivered to her husband who is being unfaithful to her in Russia, and is also where Noland happens to be getting a FedEx warehouse into ship-shape. As you get to know Chuck Noland, you find out he is a big Elvis Presley fan (hmmmm), and though he and his girlfriend (played by Helen Hunt) seem to be deeply in love, he is often taken away due to his busy schedule. When he gives her an engagement ring in the car before his fateful plane leaves, she goes white and confesses to him that she is "terrified". He kisses her, telling her to wait until he returns...taking her gift with him which is a family heirloom pocket watch with her picture inside. He wakes up to some turbulence on the plane later, and as he is in the bathroom taking a bandaid off of his thumb, the plane suddenly starts careening down to the water. After a harrowing plane crash in the water which he is able to survive, he wakes up the next morning on a beach, finding FedEx packages washing up as well. In some of these packages, he finds means to live (for example: Ice Skates he uses as axes, video tape which he uses as rope, and a Wilson volleyball which he befriends and actually carries on conversations with to help him keep his sanity). One package he does not open, and it is a package with the same angelic wings insignia we saw at the beginning of the movie. After he finds out that he is indeed on an island, he learns how to keep track of time, gather fresh water, find food to eat, and make fire. After 4 years, he finally has all the items he needs to build a raft, and he leaves the island for good. After being discovered by a ship, he is reunited with his friends and co-workers and finds out that his girlfriend has married someone else. He is finally reunited with her, and he finds she is happily married, with a daughter, a home and a new life. On impulse as he is leaving she runs out to him and after they kiss, she gets into the car with him. As he goes to shift the car into Drive, she stops him...and he realizes that he has indeed lost her, because she wants to go home. He is next seen talking to his friend in which he explains that while he was on the island, she was there with him...and he knew that he had to keep breathing and keep hoping because he never knew what the tide would bring into the shore. And now, he is having to do that again, having lost her for the 2nd time. He needs to keep breathing, keep hoping, because he does not know what the tide will bring each day. But the tide did bring him something, literally, while he was on the island. The one box he did not open, he goes to deliver, and finds the farm that the movie opened with, with nobody home. He leaves the box inside the front porch door with a note "This package saved my life". As he returns back to the main crossroads, he stops, gets out and looks at a map. A beautiful redheaded country woman pulls up in an old pickup truck and asks him if he need directions. After a few minutes of talking, she wishes him luck, jumps back into the truck and drives down the road towards the farm. Noland notices on the tailgate of the truck is the angelic wing insignia. He walks out into the middle of

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moving...moving....moving

    It made me think about people, when they confront their own internal solitude. They may reach a point of humanizing objects to talk to. Like little children talk to their dolls or stuffed animals. It makes me think of all the cultures that have cast themselves away from GOD and how that attitude has made them create their own idols for the sole purpose of giving love. And we have a tendency to give much time and attention to material things. I often ask people this question: If you were an astronaut stranded on the moon, not being able to talk to anyone, so far away from the earth and the people you know...whom would you talk to? Most of the time people answer without a hint of a doubt: ''WITH GOD.'' That means, earthly distractions somehow separate us from our creator. GOD also wants our love as badly as TOM HANKS wanted it from WILSON. But Wilson drifts away, in the open sea, ignoring how much value TOM had placed on him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful

    deep, moving, never boring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tom Hanks kicks major buttcheeks

    I have friends who say this movie made them fall asleep, there wasn't enough action, blood or gore to keep them entertained. However, those same friends thought ''Dumb and Dumber'' was a comedic masterpiece. So, despite the dismal review, I trudged to the theater by myself, to see it for myself. I connected to this film on a very deep level, as I'm sure most people did. The whole concept of ''Wilson'' breaks your heart throughout the entire movie. The character Tom Hanks plays is forced to re-evaluate his life, his situation, his past mistakes, and how to deal with the future...it's like a 5 year, mid-life crisis spent in total solitude...(I wished I was on that island by myself at one point)...only it leaves you feeling an immense strength of the human spirit, determination, conviction, integrity...man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. himself...things that most intelligent GOOD films provide to audiences who do not NEED a lot of action, blood, gore, or lewd language to enjoy. This movie makes you THINK, and if more people felt the same way, maybe Hollywood would get the clue and start making more films like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tom Hanks does it again

    This is an amazing movie, just as we have come to expect from anything with the name Tom Hanks in the credits. Definitely an Oscar worthy preformance, he shows that you don't necessarily need a large cast, or even other characters for that matter, to make great movie. He is the only character on screen for at least 3/4 of the film, yet the acting and storyline is so good that I never became bored with the monotony. How original! Unlike any movie I have ever seen. This is great drama that deals with one man's struggle against nature to make it off the island, but also his ethical struggles when he returns home and tries to re-establish the relationship he had after being gone for so long. An excellent movie that not only shows the virtue of self-reliance, but also how much we need and depend on others. Top notch flick... wouldn't change a thing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Tom Hanks Classic

    Cast Away is another of many many Tom Hanks classics. Then again isn't that to be expected from Hanks. This movie proves Tom Hanks doesn't need to have another actor with him throughout a movie. Throughout this fantasic movie, Hanks proves to be entertaining and joyous to watch from the beginning. I can't say anything bad about this movie. It is fantasic and any true movie fan would love it.

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