- Sorry, this item is not available in
- Image not available
- To view this video download Flash Player
|Additional Blu-ray options||Amazon Price||New from>||Used from|
|Watch Instantly with||Rent||Buy|
Tom Hanks "gives one of the towering screen performances of all time" (New York Post) as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island. As Chuck struggles to survive, he finds that his own personal journey has only just begun...
Cast Away is a good movie that wants to be much better. While director Robert Zemeckis's earlier film Contact achieved a kind of mainstream spiritual significance, Cast Away falls just short of that goal. That may explain why the film's most emotionally powerful scene involves the loss of an inanimate object, even as it presents a heart-rending dilemma in its very human final act.
It's three movies in one, beginning when punctuality-obsessed Federal Express systems engineer Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) departs on Christmas Eve to escort an ill-fated flight of FedEx packages. Following a mid-Pacific plane crash, movie number two chronicles Chuck's four-year survival on a remote island, totally alone save for a Wilson volleyball (aptly named "Wilson") that becomes Chuck's closest "friend." Movie number three leads up to Chuck's rescue and an awkward encounter with his ex-girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt, in a thankless role), for whom Chuck has seemingly risen from the grave.
It's fascinating to witness Chuck's emerging survival skills, and Hanks's remarkable physical transformation is matched by his finely tuned performance. With slow, rhythmic camera moves and brilliant use of sound, Zemeckis wisely avoids the postcard prettiness of The Black Stallion and The Blue Lagoon to emphasize the harshness of Chuck's ascetic solitude, and this stylistic restraint allows Cast Away to resonate more than one might expect. Even the final scene--which feels like a crowd-pleasing compromise--offers hope without shoving it down our throats. You may not feel the emotional rush that you're meant to feel, but Cast Away remains a respectable effort. --Jeff Shannon
The movie is great. The picture quality was very, very poor. Amazon tried to tell me that it was my internet. Netflix was working great.Published 2 days ago by jerry
I am happy with the movie purchase. I am happy with the quality of the DVD. I am happy with the fast shipping, over all a good experience.Published 4 days ago by Shiloh Skyy
Cast Away is a good movie, but runs a little too much like a FedEx commercial at times (how much did they pay for this?). Read morePublished 13 days ago by AllUpInYoGrill
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Will this BD play on a European PS3?||
It can say 'Region-1' all it likes but that's irrelevant to Blu-Ray because the latter is coded 'A', 'B' etc. Amazon's inability to sort out a Blu-Ray template for their items that gets the region coding right is becoming VERY unprofessional and annoying.
May 19, 2008 by P. White | See all 4 posts
|The HD DVD/Blu-Ray war. Keep fighting or stop fighting?||
Hey man calm down. No more fighting. According to all the data you can find out there, blu-ray is destroying HD DVD. Over thanksgiving, 72% of HD discs were blu-ray. Despite of cheap players and other stupid stuff the HD DVD people are throwing at customers is BS. Toshiba has given up and is... Read More
Dec 6, 2007 by Kairav Sandeep Engineer | See all 3 posts
|The HD DVD/Blu-Ray war. Keep fighting or stop fighting?||Be the first to reply|