Cast Away (2000)


run time: 143 mins
rated: PG
considered: Adventure, Drama
starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Wilson

movie summary: A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (

my thoughts: Cast Away stars Tom Hanks, who is deserted on an island in the middle of the ocean. After surviving one of the best plane crashes ever produced in a movie, Chuck Noland (Hanks) floats to an island where there is no food, shelter, or means to survive. He must adapt in order to stay alive with pieces of the plane and any cargo that washes ashore.  There is little to no dialogue during his time on the island, until he befriends a volleyball named WIlson. Together the duo plan an escape out on the open water.

I’ve recommended this movie to several people who couldn’t stand the fact Hanks is alone for 90% of the time and there is little to no dialogue. The only time he speaks is to discuss the plan and argue with Wilson. Some people don’t appreciate the preparation Hanks put in for this role. Growing a beard, gaining weight, and playing a man deserted on an island would be tough for a regular actor, let alone one of Hollywood’s best. He carries the movie with his actions, not his words.

my star rating: 8 out 10

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