Castaway, the Story of Chuck Noland

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The year 2000 was destined to be interesting. Not only was it a leap year, it was the start of a new decade, the beginning of the 21st century and the debut of a new millennium. Computers everywhere survived Y2K, Hillary Clinton was elected to the Senate and Microsoft was found guilty of violating anti-trust laws. It was also the year that 20th Century Fox released Cast Away upon US movie goers. Opening just a few days before Christmas, box offices across the country raked in more than $28,000,000 during the first weekend. The movie went on to become the third highest grossing film of the year. FedEx even parodied the movie for a Super Bowl commercial. It was the inspiration for the hit television series Lost (Wikipedia). The movie’s success was a mark of distinction for the director, cast and crew. The film is about, Chuck Noland, a man caught up in the busy details of his career and life. He is seemingly addicted to time management and he even has to schedule time for his girlfriend, Kelly. After surviving a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean, Chuck is marooned on a small, deserted island with little chance of rescue. He spends the next four years on the island trying to survive physically and emotionally. According to the directors commentary of the movie, Robert Zemeckis admits that the story was Tom Hanks idea. Hanks hired the writer William Broyles Jr. and they worked together on the script. Approximately five years later the film went into production (Cast Away). Since he was part of the initial development of the film, the main character, Chuck Noland, was written with Hanks in mind. Indeed, after seeing his sincere and confident performance, it is hard to imagine anyone else playing the role. In pr... ... middle of paper ... ...the initial of Chucks first name added to his surname it reads ‘C Noland’ or ‘see no land.‘ The license plate on Chucks car, “KAZ 2AY” is equally humorous (IMBD). Overwhelmingly, the film is a reminder that many of the old, worn out cliches we take for granted are more than hand me down phrases with little importance. They are the gold of experience left by generations of those before us. The lessons that should not be forgotten. Cast Away cautions us to not take anyone for granted, to stop sweating the small stuff and to live each day like it’s our last. We are shown that no man is an island; we are meant to share life, love and be loved. Chuck’s message of hope is perhaps the most important lesson of them all, “And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring” (Cast Away).

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