A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
2hr35mins (2000) Adventure, Drama, Romance
I made Cast Away because I wanted to examine the concept of four years of hopelessness, in which you have none of the requirements for living — food, water, shelter, fire and company. But it took us six years to put together the alliance that would actually examine that. I only had a third of it, and Bill Broyles only had a third of it, until Bob Zemeckis comes along and provided that other third. I had that original idea. I was reading an article about FedEx, and I realized that 747s filled with packages fly across the Pacific three times a day. And I just thought, “What happens if that goes down?” – Tom Hanks
Straight off the bat, this is an underrated survival story and an excellent performance by Tom Hank. As the title suggests or what you have heard on the grapevine of unwatched classics, this solo presentation is a perfect delivery of physicality and an emotional transformation. Outstanding guts and a dramatic turn of events, I already have to say I recommend it by sheer cinematography guts alone. Right from the start, you feel like it is most definitely going to be classic or at least good.
Using one actor for 80 minutes and a $90 million budget, the box office success of $429.6 million indicates just how impressive it is. Receiving generally favourable reviews, if you have scrolled down far enough you can see my own increased rating. Alongside cult favourite Wilson the volleyball, what goes down is simply backpacked with so many moments to keep you engaged. Not without a few flaws, in contrast, it is fairly realistic.
Young and old have the potential to thoroughly enjoy this experience! Accolades, popular culture references and overall wholesome nostalgia of a particular era, director Robert Zemeckis put his heart and soul into it, emphasizing original style and unpredictable scenes. The two and a half hours fly by with an easy to understand intelligent script, matured in hopelessness context.