Cast Away


By Eric Johnson.

Its a movie that I’m sure has kept many people away from planes. Cast Away (2000) stars Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a Fed Ex executive, whose plane crashes on a remote island somewhere in the Pacific. Stranded alone without human contact, Chuck must challenge himself in every way possible, if he hopes to survive and eventually make it back home to Tennessee.

The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future trilogy) and written by William Broyles Jr. (Apollo 13, Planet of the Apes, Jarhead). Cast Away is a brilliant film that takes man back to his primal state: learning how to fish with a spear, finding water to drink, making fire, and seeking shelter. Tom Hanks delivers one of the best performances of his career. Acting for the most part alone, he takes us through an emotional roller coaster, through highs and lows. He shows us just how important survival is.

Hanks was nominated for best actor for this film, but ultimately had to take a seat to Russell Crowe for his performance in Gladiator (which is a tough one to argue). This film is wonderfully entertaining. I have seen it a dozen times, I’m sure. Each time, it thrills me like the first. Tom Hanks has been one of my favorite actors for a long time, and this was the film that started it for me. As soon as I felt a tear in the corner of my eye, because of his relationship with a blood-stained volleyball, I knew that this guy commanded the screen like no other. An easy five out of five, and it will certainly go down as one of my favorite films of all time.

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