Genre Grandeur May Finale – Castaway – Riley on Film


For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – Adventure Films, here’s a review of Castaway (2000) by Damien of Riley on Film

Thanks again to Damien of Riley on Film for choosing this month’s genre.

If you missed any of them, here’s a recap:

This month we had 10 reviews for GG:

  1.   Pan (2015) – SG
  2.   The BFG (1989) – Tom
  3.   Jack The Giant Slayer (2013) – Darren
  4.   Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Damien R.
  5.   The Goonies (1985) – Rob
  6.   The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010) – SG
  7.   Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Rob
  8.   Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) – Damien
  9.   Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – Damien
  10.   Castaway (2000) – Damien R.

Thanks to everyone who participated this month!

In addition, I watched and reviewed 6 additional movies from this genre for my Genre Guesstimation series.   Unfortunately, none of them will be now included in my own favorites of the genre.

  1.   Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
  2.   Lara Croft Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003)
  3.   Gunga Din (1939)
  4.   Shackleton (2002)
  5.   National Treasure (2004)
  6.   National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Summer of Serendipitous Anachronisms She has chosen quite a unique genre and we will be reviewing our favorite Derivative Work Movies.

Here’s Summer to explain her choice:

Basically it is anything based or inspired by pre-existing source

for example:

Amelie takes its relationships from the Luncheon of the Boating Party

The Magnificent Seven is borrowed from the Seven Samurai

Sunday in the Park with George is based on painting by George Seurat

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is loosely based on Hamlet

My Own Private Idaho borrows from Henry the IV

Cosi is about a director directing the musical Cosi Fan Tutti

Pride Prejudice and Zombies borrows from Pride and Prejudice

Clueless borrows from the novel Emma

Monty Python and the Holy Grail borrows from the Arthurian Legend

Basically a film that borrows from pre-existing source but reinvents the source material into something else

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Summer!

Let’s see what Damien thought of this movie:


I wish to thank Movierob for honoring me with the duty of choosing this month’s Genre Grandeur. I picked adventure because it’s one of my favorite genres out there and there are so many options to choose from. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews/articles out there on your favorite adventure film(s).


After much careful thought and self-ranking and eliminating some of my favorite adventure films on a notepad, I realized “Cast Away” is my favorite adventure film. Yes, I realize it beat out “Star Wars” but I refer it because I felt I was on the adventure the whole running time.

I find so many aspects of this film believable. He has a job almost anyone could have s we all buy in. The big company cannot protect him from the elements and eventually after a lot of character and plot development in the beginning, the protagonist is a castaway on a deserted island with not much more than his wits to help him survive.

Spoilers ahead


So many scenes burst to mind. Remember the eye of the whale?

The first attempt to go to sea and the coral incident?


We go from relating with a Fed Ex job to talking to “Wilson” the soccer ball. I felt as if I was among the coconut trees with him the whole time.

When he returns (finally) there is the inevitable drama of straightening out his life, even the reality that his wife has remarried. It makes you cringe it’s so real. For being a modern day “Rip Van Winkle” adventure tale, I chose “Cast Away” as my favorite adventure tale. Now, off to read all of yours.

9 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur May Finale – Castaway – Riley on Film

  1. I’ve been behind on my reading this month. I can’t wait to check out these reviews. Thank you for the honor of leading the theme in May! Summer’s theme looks incredible, I already have some ideas: “10 Things I hate About You” is based on “The Taming of the Shrew” … and a few other ideas. Have a great day.

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  2. I’m going to be living “Castaway” on a family vacation to Hawaii soon. The difference I suppose is that, among other luxuries, I’ll have suntan lotion in my pack 😉

    A million thanks again Rob. I’m still reading all the entries, so if you’ll have patience with me.


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