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
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.07 Ounces
- Item model number : 2244419
- Director : Robert Zemeckis
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
- Run time : 2 hours and 23 minutes
- Release date : December 4, 2007
- Actors : Viveka Davis, Michael Forest, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Tom Hanks
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Studio : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000WQWPJQ
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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?!
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 have to say the last quarter of the movie is a bit of a disappointment as it really drags things out.
She gives him a family heirloom gold watch with her picture in it. The watch ends up saving his life as he dashes to grab it as the plane is going down and he becomes the only survivor. The watch with her picture keeps him going for lonely years.
He made his flight crew fly out on Christmas night and they lost their lives because of it.
It takes four long years all alone for him to face himself and atone for his selfish money-driven life. He creates a little idol for himself out of a washed up volleyball. The face on it looks like a demon painted in his own blood.
It's not until he lets go of the idol he created and clinged to that his life takes a turn for the better.
An emaciated Christlike figure laying on a wooden cross-like raft in the middle of the ocean is spotted by a passing crate ship.
A new man resurrected from the old still has a future...as long as he keeps taking the next breath...
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