Cast Away

Year: 2000
Director: Robert Zemeckis

Summary: Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose personal and professional life are ruled by the clock. His manic existence abruptly ends when, after a plane crash, he becomes isolated on a remote island – cast away into the most desolate environment imaginable.

Times Watched: 3

My Experience: Yeah, I cried when he lost Wilson. Hat tip to Zemeckis and Hanks who had me invested so much that I could relate to an attachment to a volleyball. But it’s more than that scene. Nearly an entire movie without dialogue requires great acting and great directing, and the duo pull it off here. Easily my favorite movie involving a desert island. It’s unfortunately bookended by a plot with love interests that no one cares about, but the middle is brilliant film-making.

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4 thoughts on “Cast Away

  1. I am glad you gave this a good review, as Castaway to me is equivalent to Back To The Future to you. I have watched Castaway more times than any movie, and I never tire of it. And yes, the romantic part wasn’t really needed, but I like Helen Hunt, so I was okay with that part added. And I teared up about Wilson, too. When this was in the theatre, I couldn’t get anyone to go see it with me. I think I asked you, Beau, if you’d watch it with me, but not sure. So, I didn’t see it until it came out on DVD.

    • Though I need to point out that it’s “Cast Away,” not “Castaway.” It’s a double entendre, since Hanks is cast out of his old life. Film people love punny titles. I’ve even read it suggested that if you want your script to get read, you have to use a pun as your title.

      I loved this movie, of course. I sat with my two best friends and watched it, and we were utterly silent all the way through – a miracle at the time.

  2. The puncture wound Hanks suffers in the water is still one of those “shivers down the spine” things that gets me, several million zombie-related disembowlings later. Just thinking about it gets the bile flowing.

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