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Cast Away (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 77
CAP Influence Density: 0.41
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
CAST AWAY (PG-13)
Hurried and clock-driven FedEx master of efficiency, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) displays his expertise as preparatory material. In Moscow, Noland barks a group of Russian FedEx workers into compliance with his hard nosed demands of unforgiving expert handling of packages. He even demonstrates slipshod practices of the system by FedExing himself a clock from Tennessee. It took 80 plus hours to get from Tennessee to Moscow -- most unsatisfactory to him. Sidenote: Since I am one who appreciates good music, I can tell you there are some very fine selections of Russian polyphony in this movie, for a short time anyway.
Back in the states, Noland meets his fiance, Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt) while she is making copies of her dissertation -- a touching reunion scene indeed and Hunt was as masterful as was Hanks. And in new age morality the pair end up back at his or her apartment or house, whatever it was, exercising cohabitation [1Ths. 4:2-5]. While none of the sexual programming typical associated with cohabitation was noted, there was no doubt.
Later, Noland entertains Kelly at a family Christmas party (another cinema Christmas without Jesus, of course), but Noland's pager had different plans for his Christmas. He is called away for urgent FedEx business. The two exchange gifts in his car. In parting, Kelly gives Noland her grandfather's old railroad pocket watch as a Christmas gift which Noland promises to keep on Memphis time. As Noland walks to a FedEx jet, he also promises he'll "be right back." "Right back' took four years.
The urgent FedEx flight Noland boarded crashed into the Pacific ocean. There was some quite realistic imagery of the perils that might be expected during an in-flight aircraft failure as well as of the downed aircraft and its sinking. If Noland had not left the pocket watch setting on the arm of his seat, things might have turned out different. His love for Kelly and her gift was stronger (rather, more prone to stupid risk-taking) than his desire to maximize personal safety. He recovers the watch and suffers for it. After ingenious use of an inflatable raft to deliver him to the surface of the ocean, Noland frantically paddles toward what appears to be land in the flashes of the storm. During this disaster, four people lose their lives -- but Noland's is spared.
On the island, Noland is without shoes since he had taken his off while in flight. But things washed ashore from the wreckage: a number of FedEx packages including a volley ball, some video tapes, a divorce decree, and party dress which Noland scavenged for usable items ... including the dead brine-bleached body of a crew member. The crew member had apparently been a snack to a number of nibblers in the sea. One of the first things Noland scavenged from the man's body was his shoes. The blood from a hand injury Noland suffered left a face-like image on the volley ball which Noland touched up to look more face-like. Then, in Noland's solitude and the sanity-challenging environment he fixates on the manufacturer's name, Wilson and implants the blood faced volley ball with the name Wilson. The ball becomes Wilson, his companion. And the obsession with the volley ball as a companion might be some of the most disturbing content of the show to some, especially the impressionable. Noland's obsession was so complete that when much of the face image had been lost, Noland drew more of his blood to rework the image. To further describe the extent of Noland's fixation on the volley ball, Noland risked his life to "save" it from drifting away at sea.
Additional disturbing content was Noland's contemplation of suicide by hanging. Though not revealed until the end of the show Noland had decided to commit suicide. But being the technical efficiency expert he was, Noland decided to test 30 feet of rope he fashioned from plant bark using a log to approximate the dropping of a human body in hanging. The test was unsuccessful. The branch extruding from the cliffside used as the hanging tree broke. But in display of some of the ingenuity in this movie, that hanging rope ended up becoming part of the escape raft, the successful escape raft. An instrument of death became the vehicle of life for Noland. With this movie you cannot check your brain at the door. You have to pay attention.
While returning to the states, Noland found that he had been given a funeral and that Kelly had married. It was Kelly's husband who told Noland this while still at the airport. Kelly was with her husband but outside in their car. After Kelly's husband told Noland about his marriage to Kelly, imagery while her husband was returning to their car showed her arguing with him, obviously wanting to come inside to see Noland. But wisely, Kelly's husband would not let her. After a hero's welcome, even knowing Kelly is now married, Noland still locates her ... and visits her... and kisses her -- repeatedly. And she reciprocates -- repeatedly. Now this is a married woman who made a vow to forsake all others. While these are indeed extremely extenuating circumstances, she IS married and not to Noland [Hebr. 13:4].
Among the other issues that may cause concern for parents and grandparents include adults in underwear, a child ignoring a police command, and in some cases very revealing clothing on Hanks. A few times a full buttock was exposed, once for long contact. One flash scene revealed his pubic hair but no gender-specific anatomy [Ezek. 16:58]. While there were only two instances of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Eph. 5:4], God's name was taken in vain once with the four letter expletive and four times without [Deut. 5:11]. There was also celebration with booze [Eph. 5:18], smoking [1Cor. 6:19, 2Cor. 7:1], open urination, and a number of sexual innuendo. The Findings/Scoring section will give you all available information.
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):