The movie “Castaway” I believe is the best movie I have seen in a long time. Federal Express troubleshooter Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) travels the world to spread the word to the growing number of FedEx employees that "we live or die by the clock." Time is everything to Chuck and even the Christmas celebration with his fiancée, Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt), is measured in minutes as he is called away to deal with some new company crisis. On the way to his latest emergency an unexpected problem forces his jet to crash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, leaving Chuck alone to survive or die on a deserted island.
Chuck is a true workaholic who lives his life by his tenets of time. When we first meet him he is lecturing a group of Muscovite FedEx workers (with a translator) on the time criticality of delivering their packages around "the world on time." In a whirlwind, Chuck finishes one job, joins his family for Christmas dinner, proposes to Kelly and is off again on his next corporate disaster. This time, though, things go drastically wrong, his plane crashes and Chuck finds himself stranded, alone, on a small, isolated tropical island.
Without food or water, the castaway has to find the means to survive. He learns quickly how to find fresh water. He then harvests coconuts, after almost getting conked on the head by one, and extracts their contents. Fishing is next, and Chuck learns the rudiments of fashioning tools and making fire. It's a Robinson Crusoe tale sans Friday and evil pirates as he learns to survive and live one day at a time. Time itself, ironically, changes as Chuck starts thinking in terms of days, months and years instead of minutes and seconds.
Chuck is trapped on the island by a powerful breakwater that hurls him and his rubber raft back to the beach whenever he tries to get past. One day fortune smiles upon him: the remains of a port-a-potty, washes up on the island. It is perfect to make a sturdy sail...