STRANDED! While gearing up for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, let’s delve into some stories about the powerful themes of isolation and survival.
Debatably Pixar’s best produced film, the first 45 minutes do not contain any real-time human dialogue, instead having us follow a plucky little clean-up robot by the name of WALL-E, who has been diligently working on an abandoned planet Earth for 700 years. Gaining a humanlike personality, he slowly begins to learn there is more to life than his job, which leads to an adventure of love and redemption for mankind. This film is one of the more perfectly paced films to have been released in the past 20 years. It’s likely you’ve seen it. Absolutely worth the second (or 40th) viewing. Recommendation: if you have the DVD, listen to writer/director Andrew Stanton’s commentary on the bonus features. One of the most insightful looks into storytelling I’ve ever heard.
$2.99 Google Play
Cast Away, 2000
No musical score, and a single actor for two-thirds of a film. Sound boring? Hardly. Tom Hanks provides one of his most riveting performances with an incredibly cinematic vision from Robert Zemeckis, the director of Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Forrest Gump. An incredibly poignant tale of survival, love, friendship and perseverance, Cast Away is a steadfast reminder that even in the most isolated and difficult situations, there is hope.
$2.99 – Google Play
$2.99 – iTunes
$2.99 – YouTube
Castaways on the Moon, 2009
An odd and endearing tale, Hey-jun Lee’s tale follows adventures of a man who finds himself stuck on an island – just miles away from a city. Unable to swim, and on an island where not many visit, he learns what it means to survive, while slowly growing a friendship with a person he’s never met.
Available on NetFlix