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A contemporary drama about a man (Hanks) who is isolated and forced to transform himself in order to survive both physically and emotionally.
Cast Away is a good movie that wants to be much better. While director Robert Zemeckis's earlier film Contact achieved a kind of mainstream spiritual significance, Cast Away falls just short of that goal. That may explain why the film's most emotionally powerful scene involves the loss of an inanimate object, even as it presents a heart-rending dilemma in its very human final act.
It's three movies in one, beginning when punctuality-obsessed Federal Express systems engineer Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) departs on Christmas Eve to escort an ill-fated flight of FedEx packages. Following a mid-Pacific plane crash, movie number two chronicles Chuck's four-year survival on a remote island, totally alone save for a Wilson volleyball (aptly named "Wilson") that becomes Chuck's closest "friend." Movie number three leads up to Chuck's rescue and an awkward encounter with his ex-girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt, in a thankless role), for whom Chuck has seemingly risen from the grave.
It's fascinating to witness Chuck's emerging survival skills, and Hanks's remarkable physical transformation is matched by his finely tuned performance. With slow, rhythmic camera moves and brilliant use of sound, Zemeckis wisely avoids the postcard prettiness of The Black Stallion and The Blue Lagoon to emphasize the harshness of Chuck's ascetic solitude, and this stylistic restraint allows Cast Away to resonate more than one might expect. Even the final scene--which feels like a crowd-pleasing compromise--offers hope without shoving it down our throats. You may not feel the emotional rush that you're meant to feel, but Cast Away remains a respectable effort. --Jeff Shannon
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Tom Hanks plays this role to perfection and he literally makes you believe that he is the character in the film. His best friend is a WILSON Sports Volleyball that he becomes so attached to it is a major part of the story.
This is a good film and it is worth owning and watching. The BluRay version of the film is well engineered with good video and audio. I also got a VUDU digital HDX movie that I can stream to my Apple and Android devices and to my TV and to my digital projector onto a 12 foot diagonal screen.
I like this film and I rated it 5 stars.
I rented this because I couldn't get any of my DVD players to work on the deluxe edition I bought at a garage sale. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 is that Amazon's version is heavily edited. They cut out all of the attempted suicide scenes at the top of the cliff (and who knows what else). That's a travesty. Just show the director's cut, please?!
I wouldn’t credit Zemeckis with enough insight to bring this off. It must have been the screenwriter or the editor.
While on a family vacation recently - we were staying at a cottage we rented for a week on Drummond Island in Michigan's upper peninsula. On Monday we ordered this from Amazon and had it shipped to us at the cottage. It arrived on Wednesday and we watched it (with our kids who had not seen it yet) a couple of times throughout the rest of the week. We thought it was ironic and funny to have this particular movie delivered to us ON AN ISLAND. Lol.
Skip the trivia track and just watch the movie.