17. Cast Away

17-cast-awayBackground info

Title: Cast Away
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Year: 2000
Run time: 2hrs 17m

“Tom Hanks “gives one of the towering screen performances of all time” (New York Post) as Chuck Noland, a Fed Ex® 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 just begun…”

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1:49 – It bodes well when a film starts with a real life crossroads.
3:58 – I have only just got the reference that the package is from his wife, and then at the end… Film Watch really does make me pay attention.
6:33 – Why do FedEx have those triangular tubes? How many things can fit in there really?
9:00 – I don’t leave answerphone messages, but if I do, I think I will always start them with: “Pick up, pick up, pick up, you’re not there.”
11:38 – This is a kind of redemption movie, right? But he’s not evil at the start. Just obsessed with time.
21:47 – How can he stand there and listen to the pilots concern and then not panic? He knows they’re in a storm, they’re off course, they’ve lost radio contact. My reaction would be: ARGH!
25:17 – This ranks as the second scariest movie plane crash, I think.
27:36 – To quote from another film: “Scariest environment imaginable.” Dark, stormy, wet, shipwrecked.
33:40 – It is a beautiful island, though.
34:35 – I like the fact that he just tripped slightly. I get the feeling that wasn’t directed, or part of the plan, but left in for realism.
38:56 – I wouldn’t know a coconut in its outer shell.
53:44 – I didn’t know it was possible to scream underwater. I guess if it hurts enough.
59:49 – It’s a good job they make FedEx boxes with easy open tabs or he’d have never got into them.
1:03:49 – Are you even allowed to FedEx ice skates? They seem kinda sharp.
1:09:15 – I don’t really understand how he made fire.
1:21:38 – Would the ice skate really still be sharp after four years?
1:29:20 – Wilson ball sales must have shot up. I know I want one.
1:35:55 – There is not a chance I would be dangling my feet in the water on a raft, especially with massive whales wandering about.
1:40:27 – I wonder how he will feel looking back on losing Wilson. It makes perfect sense for it to be heartbreaking, but afterwards, will it still be emotional or… embarrassing?
1:43:37 – I’m sad they miss out on his immediate recovery. I would like to see that.
1:59:16 – Does he remember to drive just like that?

Conclusions

I’ve seen this film before, probably a couple of times, and I even saw it in the cinema when it was first out. It always fascinates me that the film is 90% Hanks but not boring.

As good as I remembered, and on every viewing, I don’t understand how this film is interesting. Nothing happens. He makes fire. He knocks out a tooth. He spears a fish and drinks some coconut milk. But it’s great!

Rating: 5/5

5 comments

  1. Jordan Allen

    “There is not a chance I would be dangling my feet in the water on a raft, especially with massive whales wandering about.” – Christine.

    Of all the things to worry about while on a raft, you worry about Willy the Whale? Why watched “Moby Dick” one too many times or something?

    I think you need to bump “Jaws” up to next on your list of movies to see now….

    As to trianglar tubes for shipping, I imagine that these trianglar tubes are right-angled with the sides having a ratio of 1, 1, and root 2. If you take two such right-angle trianglar tubes so that the hypotenuse sides are touching themselves, they form a box with the sides having a ratio of 1. Volume size (compared to teh aircraft hold) they are the same, but if you can fit the same item in the trianglar tube as the box, then obviously, you can carry twice as many items per flight, to the max. payload weight of the aircraft, before BC freaks out on me…

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  2. Amy

    I recorded this off the TV onto my PVR months ago and still haven’t watched it. You’ve just reminded me it’s there and that I should get around to it one of these days.

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  3. Of all the things to worry about while on a raft, you worry about Willy the Whale? Why watched “Moby Dick” one too many times or something?

    I have never seen or read Moby Dick. Is it about a whale?

    That isn’t the only thing I would be worried about, for a start I don’t like getting wet! However, Tom was dangling his feet in the water when a big whale popped it’s head up and blinked at him. Tom just stared. I thought that was kinda brave.

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  4. Nick

    I belive the Triangular tubes are like that so it is easier to stack them onto palette’s and it stops them rolling off the conveyor belts in the sorting depots…

    i love this film, but its defiantly one you cant watch too often!

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  5. Jordan Allen

    “I have never seen or read Moby Dick. Is it about a whale?” – Christine

    Yup. Moby Dick is about a (White) Whale and Whaling when the only effective oil around was whale oil. As a story it is excellent – I highly recommend the 1956 movie version of Moby Dick starring Gregory Peck, as he kepts to the language of the 1850’s and all that. It is far better than the book. As a book, however, you are looking at close to 600 pages and 136 chapters, and enitre chapters can be skipped without losing any part of the plot…. You will find that it takes one chapter (4 pages long) to open a door of an inn!

    “That isn’t the only thing I would be worried about, for a start I don’t like getting wet! However, Tom was dangling his feet in the water when a big whale popped it’s head up and blinked at him. Tom just stared. I thought that was kinda brave.” – Christine

    I think I would do the same as him in that case. It is called being shocked stupid at seeing a whale at arm’s length, and has nothing to do with bravery! But you do need to see the movie “Jaws”

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