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Zemeckis' 'Cast Away': an island adventure that misses the boat

Chuck Noland is an all-American average Joe of the movie moment. His age we can't quite pinpoint: too old to still be enjoying his salad days, and yet too young to be past the prime of his life. He runs every moment of his life according to a meticulous schedule and adores Elvis Presley. He has a perfect girlfriend (Helen Hunt) and a great job as a FedEx efficiency expert. Yes, Chuck seems to be the one man in the world who has everything figured out.

But that idyllic life ends abruptly when a helicopter taking Chuck to the Orient crashes, leaving him the sole survivor marooned on an unidentified island in the Pacific.

And there, in a nutshell, is "Cast Away," Robert Zemeckis' half-baked holiday entr


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