Fridge / Cast Away

Fridge Brilliance
  • At the beginning of the film, we can see a small (barely noticeable) certificate for sailing and navigating at Chuck's home.
  • While the "death" of Wilson is very sad, in order for the main character to function normally in society, Wilson had to go.
  • The title itself, referring to the fact that the film is mostly Tom Hanks on his own, i.e. with the rest of the cast away.
  • Compare the scene where he climbs to the top of the island for the first time and grasps his situation with the final scene at the crossroads-360 degrees of isolation compared to the infinite pathways the crossroads represent. It's that contrast that hits him in that moment.
Fridge Horror
  • What if the last unopened package contained a waterproof satellite phone with heavy duty battery?
    • In the parody FedEx commercial, it was, along with a GPS, fishing rod, water purifier, and seeds. In an earlier version of the script, two bottles of Salsa Verde.
  • We see the hard work that goes into making rope for Chuck's raft—he pulls small saplings, strips the bark, weaves it together, etc.. Now picture him going through this painstaking process for the first time—all with the goal of making a noose to hang himself with!
  • The same coral reef that kept larger, more dangerous fish away from him also kept him from leaving the island, or being able to attract attention from passing ships.

Fridge Logic
  • Near the end of the movie, Kelly shows Chuck charts detailing where he was found, where the island was, and how far he drifted - how the heck did anyone figure out the last two?
    • Sea currents would be one major aid. Since he wasn't traveling under his own power for the most part, he'd be at the mercy of the currents. Knowing where he was picked up, they could at the very least back track along the current. But also consider that he got to the island because of a plane crash - even if the black box is unrecoverable, they could find out where the plane might have had troubles (certainly the pilots would have said as much over the radio). So there's more information available than might otherwise seem.
    • His description of the island's size and layout could narrow it down further, as even tiny islands which nobody's visited for decades are at least documented by oceanographic surveys.
  • The arrival of the cargo ship is rightly labeled a Deus ex Machina on the main page—it seems quite improbable that Chuck's tiny raft would be spotted by a ship of that size. But recall that the scene begins with Chuck being splashed by the spray of a whale's blowhole, and it becomes easier to imagine crewmembers, idly whale watching on deck, having their eyes drawn to Chuck's position by the whale surfacing nearby.
    • The way he was ignoring the splashing and noise makes it seem that he thinks another whale pod is passing by.