Cast Away (2000) 2.71/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 73.5
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Duration: 143 mins
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez

Robert Zemeckis’ soulful approach to the old desert island idea is a unique and deeply engaging tale. Tom Hanks scores well as the sole survivor of a plane crash who finds himself washed up on an isolated and uninhabited island and torn away from his bride to be Helen Hunt. In retrospect, it seems Hanks was the perfect actor for a film which goes long stretches without conventional dialogue and he uses all his craft and innate humour to keep the audience’s attention. The film is full of memorable moments tied together in an unpredictable yet effective manner. The most memorable of these is the plane crash which is surely one of the more terrifyingly real cinematic experiences. The island scenes are exceptionally conceived and not overdone. There is of course that now infamous volleyball named “Wilson” but despite the humour it evoked (either intentionally or unintentionally), it was in essence a very clever Kuleshov-like device which gave Hanks and the audience a much needed emotional counter-point. Cast Away is Hollywood at its best and the ending is a case in point, as Zemeckis manipulates us with big emotions rooted in a truthfully resonating story. You’ll be surprised by how easily it sucks you in and it’ll stay with you for a long time.

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