What do you get when you combine a compelling story about human survival with a great script, a highly talented Director who knows how to make a film, and perfect casting that includes Tom Hanks in the main role? You get a five star film that people will enjoy watching. Robert Zemeki's is a gifted film-maker, and it amazes me to think that he made two great films, Cast Away and What Lies Beneath (which is one of the best ghost stories ever made) practically on top of each other. In Cast Away, we get to see Tom Hanks at the top of his game. By the way, is there anyone out there who think Tom Hanks can't act? Anybody?!!! I loved the scene after Chuck and Kelly, played exquisitely by Helen Hunt, exchange gifts in the car and we begin to sense that he was playing a kind of prank on her by giving her small gifts and walking away towards the plane with the car keys in his hand holding back what we have to perceive is a wedding engagement ring. "That reminds me, I almost forgot, I have one more present for you ... (as he takes the small gift box from his pocket) ... although this isn't an open in the car kind of present, say like hand towels, which was a joke by the way."