What a refreshing film this was. Mainly what I liked about it was that it was very stark in both content and acting. A moving story about a man who is caught up in his job and his work who spends many years alone on a deserted island.
I have always liked Tom Hanks, the American everyman. He plays that role again in this film. He plays a man who is forced to reexamine his life and priorities.
I thought this was a great film for many reasons. I have always liked the surviovor type films and this is no exception. How a modern man survives with literally nothing is a true test of one's abilities. Tom manages to do just that and wins in the end.
Once he gets back to civilization he realizes how shallow he was and how important it is to live in the present.
A good contrast to the bloated, overproduced action films that have dominated movies for so long now.
I started watching this movie during dinner, a time when I usually don't watch the ending of many movies. I generally turn off the TV and dash back to my beloved computer. BUT Hanks grabbed me from the first scene of this powerful movie, holding me captive until the bittersweet ending. He's a fine actor and was superb in this role. Hanks plays the part of Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer on company business when the plane crashes and he ends up alone on a deserted island. … more
Pros: Survival theme holds your interest Cons: Beyond the island scenes, pretty much the rest of the film The Bottom Line: I wrote a whole review without using the words Cast Away! If there's one great American actor who we can safely place into a time capsule, bury in the ground and dig up twenty or thirty years later, it's Tom Hanks. Sure, there are well known actors who contain more talent, make better movies and in some … more
Tom Hanks is Chuck Noland, a man in a hurry. His job for Federal Express has him traveling the world on a moment's notice, exhorting the company's employees to speed things up--"never turn your back on the clock." When he's suddenly called away for business on Christmas night, his tolerant longtime girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) drives him to the airport. They have their Christmas in the car--and Chuck plunks an engagement ring into her lap right before he gets on the plane, telling her, "I'll be right back." But an unexpected storm cuts the plane's crew off from radio contact and blows them off course. Chuck is the sole survivor of the resulting crash, and washes up on a completely deserted island. Stranded there, he must give up everything that he once took for granted and learn how to survive all alone in the wilderness. From director Robert Zemeckis, CAST AWAY is a story of adventure and discovery surrounding one man's will to stay alive.