Genre Grandeur – Cast Away (2000) – MovieRob (Encore Review)

nauticalFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Nautical Films, here’s a review of Cast Away (2000) by me.

Thanks again to Sean of for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Jay of Life Vs. Film (and head Shepard of the LAMB).  We will be reviewing our favorite Prison Film(s).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jay!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


cast_away_minimalist_poster_by_tchav-d60htbx“We live and we die by time, and we must not commit the sin of turning our back on time. ” – Chuck

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Jan 2001, DVD and 3 May 2015 and 22 Feb 2017)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A Fed-Ex executive gets stranded on a desert isle and must find a way to survive.

My Take on it – As soon as Sean told me what genre he wanted to use, I immediately thought of this film because it is such a great tale that has been done before but now has been brought into the modern age.

Tom Hanks is amazing here and despite him winning two Oscars for Best Actor and numerous other acting awards for other roles, I think this may be his greatest role ever.

He was nominated for an Oscar for this role and instead Russell Crowe somehow won for Gladiator

Forget about the physical transformation (which is a feat in and of itself), and you get a film where more than 50% of it, the main actor must find a way to carry it all with little dialogue and no one to really interact with and Hanks manages it with flying colors.

They do a great job showing us the various effects being stranded on an island can have on someone physically, mentally and of course emotionally.

In the bookend parts of the story, Hanks is joined by a great supporting cast, (Helen Hunt stands out among them) but again, this movie is totally him.

The score  by Alan Silvestri is among my favorites because it adds so much to the emotional impact of the whole film.

Check it out here:

IMHO, this was the best film of 2000 mainly because it has such a deep message about how each and every one of us should try and live our lives.

Bottom Line – One of Hank’s best performances (and that isn’t say so easily) especially because he is able to hold more than half of the film just by himself.  Loved the way that we get to see how getting stranded on an island can effect someone emotionally,. physically and also mentally. Amazing supporting cast helps us believe the character’s life in a way that we want to constantly root for him.  Great theme song by Silvestri. The best film of the year IMHO because it has such a deep message about how each and every one of us lives our lives. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Virtually all the sound, including dialogue, in the scenes on the island (about an hour and a half of screen time) had to be replaced in post-production. Sound man William B. Kaplan made a valiant attempt at getting usable sound on the island, but the nearby surf made it impossible, given that many of the scenes needed to be very quiet. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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