Movie Evaluation about the Cast Away movie
Cast Away the Movie Review
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically, emotionally and mentally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. An obsessively time conscious FedEx executive, Chuck Nolan whose real life name is Tom Hanks is on a journey to Malaysia for an assignment he has to fulfill (Stevenson 16). Unfortunately, he does not reach his destination; this is because of a crush that occurs due to the plain that he boarded. Chuck Nolan, the only survivor of the flight that crushed in the Pacific Ocean. He finds himself in an un-occupied island (Broyles, William, and Robert Zemeckis. 20). When Chuck’s tries to sail away or contact help, he fails. The next obvious thing he has to learn to do is to survive on the island. He remains on the island for years, only having his good volleyball friend, Wilson.
Cast away was a success however the movie raises some issues of concern that seem to overlook facts. In the movie, Chuck Nolan falls to his back towards the back of the plane when the plane hits the water that is not natural. This scene though not noticed by many violates the physics law of inertia. The law of inertia states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Chuck Nolan would have continued in motion by falling forward toward the water that the plane crashed into (Storm 50).
A mistake of continuity arises when Chuck lands on the island. The reaction he has is to get up and look around. Chuck then takes to his feet slowly walking around as he surveys the island that he will for a couple more years call home. As the camera changes angles, we can witness washing away of his footprints as the water smoothly flows on the shore. Surprisingly, there is a recap of the back side of Chuck’s motion where the camera motions to capture his rear. Here we see his already washed away footprints reappear- something that is not expected. What could be implied is a faded print of his feet but not a clear one after the wash away. This is an error of continuity done by the crew who did the screenplay.
Critics argued an error of continuity when, just after Chuck Nolan (Tom Hanks) injures his hand and throws the volleyball ‘Wilson,’ in the following scenes pay close attention to the box that the volleyball is in. We are in one scene shown a box from Chuck’s angle that appears to be torn while from Wilson’s; the box seems to be intact. This error is unnoticeable but quite conspicuous, and such mistakes should be eliminated because it depicts a producer’s lack of keenness when releasing the finished movie to theaters (Roth 67).
An argument arises that towards the end. Helen Hunt is shown running after Chuck Nolan and she appears to be shouting “Jack! Jack!” The natural thing to do was to shout “Chuck.” Again some people take sides with the producers of the film that Helen was shouting “Chuck!” Accuracy in pronunciation should never be ignored because viewers question whether the name shouted was Chuck or Jack. And it makes the movie loose meaning because you are not sure which name is correct throughout the movie, either Chuck or Jack.
In the movie, there is a can that is used to break the net. It is assumed to be an AMJ container but the observations made as the movie runs do not tally. (Christiansë 40) Net is made When the camera zooms out so that we can see Chuck, the side of the container is seen to be completely clear and it has packages visible from inside. If it were a true AMJ container, this side would be seen as either white or purple almost discreetly from this side. Clearly the can used in the movie is a prop. This revealing error made makes the scenes in the movie appear too much staged and killed the thrill achieved throughout the movie before that scene reached.
As the movie comes to an end, there is a scene where Chuck opens the door for Kelly to enter. In this scene, the weather is not as pleasant as it is raining and they both being outside, we would expect that they would be wet. Unfortunately for us, when Chuck opens the door. Kelly enters the door dripping wet but on the other hand, Chuck enters the car dry. We would at the least expect that he would be a little wet even if not as soaked as Kelly was. No explanation is given for this error; probably Chuck dried up before entering into his car. However, such errors are easily ignored but they should be taken note of, to ensure the film is perfect. It is advisable to maximize on reality when making a film, and the producer failed to do that in Cast Away.
Critics argue that the final parts of the movie have a confusion that cannot be denied. Immediately before Chuck walks into the seen crossroad, there’s a double continuous line that is yellow situated on the major road. A dirt track is seen on one side, and then another road is on the other side. One road has one continuous line while the other road appears to be dashed all the way. The camera is then used to capture a wide shot, and this leads to an image of a continuous line other than the dashed one, the Texas sign appears to have gotten closer to the initial stop sign, and pole’s shadow now appears next to the stop sign. Chuck’s shadow has moved 180 degrees, pole’s shadow is seen to have disappeared, the line is restored to be dashed, then the Texas State sign has also moved away. Clearly when making the film, two similar junctions were used but they were not the same. This raises viewer’s eyebrows.
As Chuck is stranded, he notices a package on the shore and decides to move towards it. When he does that, we see a stretch of the beach both behind him and in front of him. When the camera seamlessly cuts back to a shot of him bending over to pick up the package, you can clearly see that the beach is now covered with dozens of jagged rocks. They should have been evident in the previous shot. In this case the rocks that were seen are now under the water. The continuity error made here is due to filming the shot at the shore during a high tide and a low tide.
In conclusion, many valid criticisms have been mentioned concerning the film and the producer should always be keen on the finished product because too many mistakes are a sign of incompetency (Frilling 35). However, the general plot of the movie is good, and the producer did a good job at trying to show how people stranded would go out of the status quo just to ensure survival. In my opinion, the movie was a success despite the many errors made during filming.
Broyles, William, and Robert Zemeckis. Cast Away: The Shooting Script. New York:
Newmarket Press, 2000. Print.
Christiansë, Yvette. Castaway. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999. Print.
Frilling, David. What Pervert’s Think About Movie “cast Away.”. Place of publication not
identified: Book On Demand, 2013. Print.
Roth, Arthur J. The Castaway. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1983. Print.
Storm, Rory. The Castaway Survivor’s Guide. New York: Scholastic Inc, 2000. Print.
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Stevenson, James. The Castaway. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2002. Print.
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