Cast Away Critique

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A Critique of Cast Away A Critique of Cast Away In the adventurous drama, Cast Away, released in 2000, Tom Hanks stars as a man stranded on an island after his jet crashes into the South Pacific. After viewing this film, the audience can walk away with valuable life lessons about not taking time for granted because you can never get it back, and even in the most dreadful of circumstances, never give up hope because you never know what life will bring. After looking into the many different elements of film production for this film, the audience will be able to understand how the director’s ideas and visions helped relay the life lessons taught in this film. Chuck’s life before the crash was frantic. His career as a FedEx systems engineer kept him flying all over the world, having a ruled-by-the-clock existence and allowing him very little time even for his love interest, Kelly Frears, played by Helen Hunt (Zemeckis, 2000). His life changes drastically once the plane crashes and Chuck is washed up along the shore of a remote island in the middle of the South Pacific. All of a sudden, Chuck finds that he has all the time in the world and nobody to spend it with. Cast Away consists of three acts with a plot that is given in chronological order. The beginning act introduces to the audience the protagonist, as well as the other important characters in this film. This first act also prepares the audience for the internal conflict that is about to occur by allowing the audience to get to know the main character, Chuck Noland. The middle act, which forms the majority of the film, takes place on an uninhabited remote island where Chuck Noland is stranded after his jet crashes into the South Pacific. This setting was chosen to reinforce the main character’s feeling of isolation and desperation. This is where the internal conflict begins. Here the audience
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