Cast Away

{5/5} “Look what I have created! I have made fire!”

Cast Away, released in 2000

Chuck works for FedEx, and goes to various offices to help them be more efficient — like in Russia. When he’s over the Pacific Ocean on Christmas, his plane goes down in a storm. He finds himself the only person on an island, and builds a sign that says “HELP” out of logs. He gradually becomes better at doings things like getting the milk out of a coconut, fishing, and starting a fire.

It’s the ultimate shipwrecked-on-a-deserted-island story.

I like how he uses his knowledge to get himself off the island at the right time of year.

Tom Hanks will make you believe you are there. The most astonishing behind-the-scenes fact is that production halted for a year while Hanks lost 50 pounds.

Helen Hunt has a small but important role as Chuck’s girlfriend.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future Part III). There’s a very nice score by Alan Silvestri at the end — the rest of the movie plays with no music.

This is the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve seen it.

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