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24th Nov '17 10:30:14 AM teachzebra
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** Disputable. Itís stated he was found 500 miles from the island meaning he drifted for weeks. Thatís a very busy shipping lane so odds are heíd have run into a ship at some point.
24th Sep '17 11:00:14 PM Nicoaln
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* BrickJoke: At the start of the movie the female welder sends a [=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.

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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At the start of the movie the female welder sends a [=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.house.
** Near the end of the movie, Chuck has a volleyball in his car.
29th Aug '17 3:35:37 PM Redyran
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* DeusExMachina: While Noland survives on the island - and ultimately gets off of it - by his own wits and creative scavenging skills, he's just short of dying at sea [[spoiler:when a container ship passes close to his position.

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* DeusExMachina: While Noland survives on the island - and ultimately gets off of it - by his own wits and creative scavenging skills, he's just short of dying at sea [[spoiler:when a container ship passes close to his position.]]
23rd Apr '17 7:11:01 AM Glasender
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** We also see [[spoiler:Chuck giving up after losing Wilson by intentionally dropping his oars into the ocean to drift aimlessly.]] Thankfully, he drifts only a while longer.
21st Apr '17 2:36:12 PM xcountryguy
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* TheAloner

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* TheAlonerTheAloner: Chuck is the only human on that island during a four year stay.



* BloodyHandprint: Wilson.

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* BloodyHandprint: Wilson.Wilson's face.



** Chuck's offhand comment early in the movie about needing to go to the dentist? Yes, that will be important later.

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** Chuck's offhand comment early in the movie about needing to go to the dentist? Yes, that will be important later.dentist.



* DeusExMachina: While Noland survives on the island - and ultimately gets off of it - by his own wits and creative scavenging skills, he's just short of dying at sea [[spoiler: when a container ship passes close to his position. Massive as the ship was, by all rights it should never have spotted a lone man on a tiny raft, but it happened to have crewman on deck when it passed by...]]
** 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.

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* DeusExMachina: While Noland survives on the island - and ultimately gets off of it - by his own wits and creative scavenging skills, he's just short of dying at sea [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when a container ship passes close to his position. Massive as the ship was, by all rights it should never have spotted a lone man on a tiny raft, but it happened to have crewman on deck when it passed by...]]
** 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.
position.



** DestroyTheProductPlacement: The Fed-Ex Cargo Plane that crashes. Notably, that concept made the Fed-Ex execs ''very'' nervous.
* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: While Chuck is stranded on the desert island (the bulk of the movie), there is no background music at all.
** Possible FridgeBrilliance, since it really hits home the fact that a deserted island is both much quieter ''and'' much noisier than your average city.

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** DestroyTheProductPlacement: The Fed-Ex Cargo Plane that crashes. Notably, that concept made the Fed-Ex execs ''very'' nervous.
* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: While Chuck is stranded on the desert deserted island (the bulk of the movie), there is no background music at all.
** Possible FridgeBrilliance, since it
all. It really hits home the fact that a deserted island is both much quieter ''and'' much noisier than your average city.helps relay how quiet and noisy isolation can be.



* RiddleForTheAges: What was in the package Chuck never opened? (See MacGuffin above.)

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* RiddleForTheAges: What was in the package Chuck never opened? (See MacGuffin above.)opened?



* {{Robinsonade}}: See SettingUpdate below.

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* {{Robinsonade}}: See SettingUpdate below.It's a good modern example of Robinson Crusoe and provides the page image.



* SoleSurvivor: Chuck.

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* SoleSurvivor: Chuck. Only one body from the plane wreckage was ever found.



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Seriously. Don't watch the trailer until you've seen the film.
** Even more frustatingly, Zemeckis openly admits to spoiling his films in trailers on purpose, saying that marketing shows that audiences want to know what EXACTLY what they're going to. Thus, most of the suspense of the film is sapped upon seeing said trailer.
* TheUnreveal: We never find out what's in the last [=Fed-Ex=] box. Hell, we never even find out why he didn't open it. (See MacGuffin, above.)

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Seriously. Don't watch the trailer until you've seen the film.
** Even more frustatingly, Zemeckis openly admits to spoiling his films in trailers on purpose, saying
film. Apparently the director prefers it that marketing shows that audiences want to know what EXACTLY what they're going to. Thus, most of the suspense of the film is sapped upon seeing said trailer.
way.
* TheUnreveal: We never find out what's in the last [=Fed-Ex=] box. Hell, we never even find out why he didn't open it. (See MacGuffin, above.)
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.
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