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Cast Away [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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After Forrest Gump, it took 8 long years before the duo teamed up again for something quite different but which would be just as powerful and poignant.
In the hands of lesser directors and actors, the film would have crumbled under such high pressure: an actor alone on a deserted island with next to no dialogue, and a script that could undo it all if not handled perfectly.
To both ends, Cast Away is a brilliant success. Hanks proves most capable to endorse anything thrown at him and Zemeckis handles the material with grace without becoming ever too graphic or too exploitive. A tough act to balance, Cast Away has its mixture of comedy, drama, suspense and many heartbreaking scenes.
The film may already be 12 years old, but slightly dated effects do not drown its ever important message.
The second disc is worth a watch for all its special features do not appear on the blu-ray and it doesn't look like it ever will.
Drama, 143 minutes
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks was probably the biggest box office draw for around 10 years, starting with Philadelphia in 1993. Like Meryl Streep, his performances haven't always won the awards they deserved. We expect excellence from Hanks and Streep, and it's never easy to add an Oscar after you have already won twice. Cast Away sees Hanks give one of his best performances, and that's saying a lot.
The opening part of the film introduces us to the life of Chuck Noland (Hanks). He works for FedEx and is obsessed with time. Everything has to happen according to schedule or he considers himself a failure. Noland is in love with Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt), but his life is too busy for him to make her his main priority. They have to exchange Christmas gifts in the car on their way to the airport because he doesn't make time for anything more significant. This is a common theme in the lives of too many people. We rush around, earning as much money as we can, barely slowing down long enough to spend time with the people we love. You don't miss it until it's gone.
Noland's plane crashes and he's the sole survivor. He manages to swim ashore and finds himself alone on an island. This isn't a new idea, but the execution is excellent. Noland is used to a comfortable life and has to learn how to survive in his new surroundings. Where will he live? What will he eat? Will he need to protect himself? What if he's ill or in pain? How will he remain sane? How will he escape and make his way back to civilization?
I enjoy Cast Away because it's such a peaceful movie. All we hear are natural sounds while Noland is trapped on the island.Read more ›
(In regards to the previous review concerning the package. I believe that he returned it to the person who had SENT it, hence the angel-wings on the box--the symbolism of which is obvious enough.)
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A Fed Ex employee ends up alone on a Gilligan's Island. He befriends a ball.Published 8 days ago by ellison
I was absolutely absorbed in this story. The acting was great. Tom Hanks carried the whole story.
I will watch it again.
Excellent performance by Tom Hanks. Great story and a wonderful film to watch.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer