October 21st 2013 02:16
DIRECTOR: JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY
STARS: TOM HANKS, MEG RYAN, LLOYD BRIDGES, ROBERT STACK
WRITTEN and directed by John Patrick Shanley, Joe Versus The Volcano is not your average Hollywood comedy. Tom Hanks stars as Joe Banks, a downtrodden factory worker from a very grim representation of New York. A hypochondriac, he regularly visits doctors who can’t find anything wrong with him; that is until he goes to see Dr Ellison (Stack), who diagnoses him with a mysterious “brain cloud” and tells him he’ll be dead within six months. Determined to enjoy the time he has left, Joe quits his dreadful job and agrees to an outlandish deal proposed by an eccentric millionaire. Samuel Graynamore (Bridges) wants to mine a rare mineral on the tiny Pacific island of Waponi Woo, but the residents will only allow it if he can provide a human sacrifice to placate the local volcano. Joe accepts the fatal mission in return for unlimited money and the promise of a great adventure. Hanks plays a ukulele and sings Shanley’s The Cowboy Song on a raft made from luggage after the yacht Joe is travelling on sinks en route to Waponi Woo. Joe does eventually jump into the volcano, but miraculously survives and later finds out he’s not sick at all and has been set up by Graynamore. Far from angry, Joe, who’s in love with the yacht’s captain (Ryan), looks forward to the future for the first time in his life.