Hanks is usually a name synonymous with a certain hit movie,
whether this is his name making the film or his good judgement
is a debatable matter.
Nevertheless Cast Away, his latest offering is a bizarre film
in many respects. Focusing almost entirely on Chuck Nolan
a busy, powerful man within the international postal service
Fed-Ex. Ruled by the clock Chuck is a demanding man and even
has to schedule his girlfriend into his life at Christmas.
No sooner has Chuck opened his gifts than he has to leave
for a business flight, this flight lands unexpectedly in the
Pacific Ocean leaving Chuck as the only survivor on a tiny
island. With the clock and creature comforts left far behind
Chuck now must adapt, quickly or risk losing everything.
The film begins quite slowly, but in a standard fashion right
up until the plane crash, which acts as a fulcrum for the
whole film. Hanks rapidly turns into a Robinson Crusoe on
the island with long hair, beard and loin-cloth. A definite
change takes place with no dialogue on the island and the
thespian skills of hanks are tested thoroughly, as he must
deliver Chuck's emotions with his body alone. Hanks does this
admirably coaxing the audience to laugh, cry and defy circumstance
The direction of the film is by the acclaimed Robert Zemeckis
who is not afraid to explore human emotion and subtle issues
of the mind. Having done so in a number of other movies, here
he goes very deeply into the psyche of a human and how one
would change with no company, time or large amount of hope.
The story can prompt the thoughtful viewer to contemplate
how much we take for granted and how powerful the human spirit
can be. A complex film that will suit a contemplative viewer.