Wednesday, January 22, 2014

'Cast Away' - A Review

From the Academy Award Winning Director of Forrest Gump, Cast Away is a 2000 American Adventure Drama Film starring Tom Hanks. The Protagonist Chuck Noland(played by Tom Hanks) is a top FedEx executive who strongly believes in Punctuality. Chuck's Life is ruled by the clock and he sees precision above anything else in the world. In an ordinary life, extra ordinary events can change a man forever. While traveling to Malaysia on a FedEx mission, his plane crashes and fate takes him to a lonely island. Little does Chuck imagine that he will need to spend four years of his life there. His Girlfriend's photo keeps him alive and becomes his hope and inspiration in the lonely times of extreme adversity. Chuck first gets very frustrated and has to struggle a lot for the basic amenities- food, clothing and shelter. He makes a lot of attempts to get out of that island and set himself free, but to no avail. He then learns to hunt, fish, produce fire, cook food, prepare his own calendar and take care of himself in extreme conditions. A Volleyball from one of the FedEx packages, actually a birthday gift for somebody becomes his personified friend(named Wilson) to whom he talks to like a real friend. Four years of struggle transforms him completely and he sets on a mission to go to his city. He loses Wilson in the journey and is unable to control the grief. He somehow reaches his city. His Dreams shatter when he discovers that his girl friend Kelly Frears(played by Helen Hunt)has married somebody else.

Wilson, the Volleyball
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Chuck then finds is quite difficult to the easy life in the modern world. One of the most inspiring monologues from the movie is: "I would rather take my chance out there on the ocean, than to stay here and die". Tom Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie.