History Film / CastAway

16th Feb '17 9:01:19 PM NWolfman
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This was Zemeckis's second and final live-action film (after ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath'') made during the 2000s, the rest of which he spent making MotionCapture films before returning to live-action eleven years later with ''Film/{{Flight}}''.

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This was Zemeckis's second and final live-action film (after ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath'') after ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath'' and his last overall to be made during the 2000s, the rest of which he spent making MotionCapture films before returning to live-action eleven years later with ''Film/{{Flight}}''.
20th Jan '17 4:01:34 PM RobTan
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* RobbingTheDead: About a week after the crash, the pilot of the FedEx plane's corpse washes up on the island. Chuck takes his shoes and flashlight, but buries him and the rest of his belongings.
11th Jan '17 9:15:22 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CaliforniaDoubling : The movie was filmed on one of the small uninhabited islands belonging to {{UsefulNotes/Fiji}}, even though the movie's island is supposed to lie somewhere south of the Cook islands (which are very close to Fiji).
1st Dec '16 9:53:11 AM teachzebra
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** Debatable. We're told that his island was near the Cook Islands which means it was near major shipping lanes. We also know he drifted about 500 miles which meant he had to be out there for at least a week if not longer. Therefore the odds of coming into the path of a ship are very good. Likewise it's a container ship. The cargo has to be constantly checked for various reasons meaning several crew members are always on deck. Finally there would be several people on the bridge who would've spent days seeing nothing but an endless expanse of ocean. Anything out of the ordinary would catch their attention.
22nd Oct '16 1:47:43 PM R.G.
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In many ways, it's like a modern-day ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''. The film was a massive commercial and critical success, with Hanks being praised (and eventually nominated for the Best Actor Oscar) for his performance, which required him to undergo a drastic physical transformation and spend the majority of the film alone on screen.

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In many ways, it's like a modern-day an [[SettingUpdate updated version of]] ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''. The film was a massive commercial and critical success, with Hanks being praised (and eventually nominated for the Best Actor Oscar) for his performance, which required him to undergo a drastic physical transformation and spend the majority of the film alone on screen.
3rd Oct '16 6:25:59 AM antimisa
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Chuck Noland has everything: success in a high-pressure, high-paying job with [=FedEx=], close friends, and a woman who loves him. The only thing he doesn't have enough of... is time. This changes when he is in a plane crash and, finding himself the sole survivor, washes up on an uninhabited tropical island where he has to figure out how to survive. Now Chuck has all the time he could ever want... and nothing else but his own wits and his two hands.

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Chuck Noland has everything: success in a high-pressure, high-paying job with [=FedEx=], [=Fed-Ex=], close friends, and a woman who loves him. The only thing he doesn't have enough of... is time. This changes when he is in a plane crash and, finding himself the sole survivor, washes up on an uninhabited tropical island where he has to figure out how to survive. Now Chuck has all the time he could ever want... and nothing else but his own wits and his two hands.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Chuck escapes the island and became a celebrity with an upcoming autobiography, but his lover Kelly is already married, and agreed to be BetterAsFriends. However, time till tell if either of them are happier about it and Chuck still feels alone.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Chuck escapes the island and became a celebrity with an upcoming autobiography, but his lover Kelly is already married, and agreed to be BetterAsFriends. However, time till will tell if either of them are happier about it and Chuck still feels alone.]]



* BrickJoke: At the start of the movie the female welder sends a [=FedEx=] package to her husband in Moscow, who we see is cheating with a young Russian girl. At the end of the movie his name has been cut away from the sign above the entrance to her house.

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* BrickJoke: At the start of the movie the female welder sends a [=FedEx=] [=Fed-Ex=] package to her husband in Moscow, who we see is cheating with a young Russian girl. At the end of the movie his name has been cut away from the sign above the entrance to her house.



* ChekhovsArmoury: After a while, Chuck opens the Fed Ex boxes that washed ashore with him, and the contents appear to be comically useless for his situation: video tapes, a volleyball, ice-skates and such. He finds a use for all of them, ''especially'' the volleyball.

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* ChekhovsArmoury: After a while, Chuck opens the Fed Ex Fed-Ex boxes that washed ashore with him, and the contents appear to be comically useless for his situation: video tapes, a volleyball, ice-skates and such. He finds a use for all of them, ''especially'' the volleyball.



* ChekhovsHobby, a very subtle one: Right before the family diner scene, the audience briefly sees Chuck's sailing certification and sailing awards. No wonder then that [[spoiler: he finds the right solution to overcome the powerful wave that prevented him from leaving the island and manages to do it when the weather conditions are optimal.]]
* ClockKing: Chuck Noland starts out as this, a Fed Ex "efficiency expert." Then he's marooned on an island where he literally has nothing ''but'' time to spare.

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* ChekhovsHobby, a ChekhovsHobby: A very subtle one: Right before the family diner scene, the audience briefly sees Chuck's sailing certification and sailing awards. No wonder then that [[spoiler: he finds the right solution to overcome the powerful wave that prevented him from leaving the island and manages to do it when the weather conditions are optimal.]]
* ClockKing: Chuck Noland starts out as this, a Fed Ex Fed-Ex "efficiency expert." expert". Then he's marooned on an island where he literally has nothing ''but'' time to spare.



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: By this time, Wilson is Chuck's BFF and has his own "hair," while Chuck's has gone almost completely blond from bleaching in the sun.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: By this time, Wilson is Chuck's BFF and has his own "hair," "hair", while Chuck's has gone almost completely blond from bleaching in the sun.



** That said, he'd obviously become a massive celebrity, and likely a bestselling autobiographical author and sought-after motivational speaker.

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** That said, he'd obviously become a massive celebrity, and likely a bestselling best-selling autobiographical author and sought-after motivational speaker.



* IronicHell: A subtle example. As explained in the introduction, the first act of the film establishes that, as a dedicated Fed Ex employee, Chuck is completely obsessed with punctuality and time, though it's suggested that he actually enjoys this. After he's marooned on the island, he has nothing ''but'' time.

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* IronicHell: A subtle example. As explained in the introduction, the first act of the film establishes that, as a dedicated Fed Ex Fed-Ex employee, Chuck is completely obsessed with punctuality and time, though it's suggested that he actually enjoys this. After he's marooned on the island, he has nothing ''but'' time.



* MacGuffin: The one Fed Ex box that Chuck never opens, and ultimately delivers at the end. Zemeckis jokingly stated that inside was [[{{Irony}} a waterproof solar-powered satellite phone]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj3esvJv33M Lampshaded in a Super Bowl commercial]] for [=FedEx=] that year which had his character delivering the package to find that indeed, it had the waterproof satellite phone, GPS unit, seeds, a complete tool set...

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* MacGuffin: The one Fed Ex Fed-Ex box that Chuck never opens, and ultimately delivers at the end. Zemeckis jokingly stated that inside was [[{{Irony}} a waterproof solar-powered satellite phone]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj3esvJv33M Lampshaded in a Super Bowl commercial]] for [=FedEx=] [=Fed-Ex=] that year which had his character delivering the package to find that indeed, it had the waterproof satellite phone, GPS unit, seeds, a complete tool set...



* MacGyvering: How Chuck survives using various Fed Ex boxes full of apparently useless crap. Some notable examples include using the taffeta from a party dress to make a fishing net, weaving videotape together to make rope, and making an axe out of an ice skate attached to a stick.

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* MacGyvering: How Chuck survives using various Fed Ex Fed-Ex boxes full of apparently useless crap. Some notable examples include using the taffeta from a party dress to make a fishing net, weaving videotape together to make rope, and making an axe out of an ice skate attached to a stick.



* ProductPlacement: The best kind of product placement - neither firm paid a dime, but the movie is one great big commercial for Fed Ex, and Wilson the volleyball is one for the company of the same name. The latter came about as the result of a Wilson ball washing up on shore in RealLife when the screenwriter was doing survival training as researching for the film.

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* ProductPlacement: The best kind of product placement - neither firm paid a dime, but the movie is one great big commercial for Fed Ex, Fed-Ex, and Wilson the volleyball is one for the company of the same name. The latter came about as the result of a Wilson ball washing up on shore in RealLife when the screenwriter was doing survival training as researching for the film.



* TheUnreveal: We never find out what's in the last [=FedEx=] box. Hell, we never even find out why he didn't open it. (See MacGuffin, above.)

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* TheUnreveal: We never find out what's in the last [=FedEx=] [=Fed-Ex=] box. Hell, we never even find out why he didn't open it. (See MacGuffin, above.)



* WhamShot: When Kelly gets the call that Chuck is alive, she faints...and the camera follows her and stops [[spoiler:on her new husband and daughter.]]

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* WhamShot: When Kelly gets the call that Chuck is alive, she faints... and the camera follows her and stops [[spoiler:on her new husband and daughter.]]
1st Oct '16 5:06:28 AM SuperKing93
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This was Zemeckis's only live-action film made during the 2000s, the rest of which he spent making MotionCapture films before returning to live-action eleven years later with ''Film/{{Flight}}''.

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This was Zemeckis's only second and final live-action film (after ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath'') made during the 2000s, the rest of which he spent making MotionCapture films before returning to live-action eleven years later with ''Film/{{Flight}}''.
28th Sep '16 11:33:22 PM 59Efra
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* BuryingASubstitute: Chuck finds that a funeral had been held for him when he was presumed dead. All sorts of little items or mementos were put in the casket by his friends and family.
23rd Aug '16 6:45:21 PM Mdumas43073
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* AtTheCrossroads: Chuck finds himself at a literal crossroads. Two possible paths to his future. It's all very symbolic.

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* AtTheCrossroads: Chuck finds himself at a literal crossroads. Two crossroads at the film's end, with two possible paths to his future. It's all very symbolic.
23rd Aug '16 6:44:40 PM Mdumas43073
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In many ways, it's like a modern day Literature/RobinsonCrusoe. The film was a massive commercial and critical success, with Hanks being praised (and eventually nominated for the Best Actor Oscar) for his performance, which required him to undergo a drastic physical transformation and spend the majority of the film alone on screen.

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In many ways, it's like a modern day Literature/RobinsonCrusoe.modern-day ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''. The film was a massive commercial and critical success, with Hanks being praised (and eventually nominated for the Best Actor Oscar) for his performance, which required him to undergo a drastic physical transformation and spend the majority of the film alone on screen.
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