MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#18 of 49) – Cast Away (2000) – Encore Review 4


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #18 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“Don’t worry Wilson, I’ll do all the paddling. You just hang on. ” – Chuck Noland

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this is the theater opening weekend and was amazed that a film with more than half its runtime with just one character could be so compelling.

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Jan 2001, DVD and 3 May 2015, 22 Feb 2017, 10 Jun 2020, 24 Oct 2021 and 11 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A Fed-Ex executive gets stranded on a desert island after his plane crashes and must learn to survive.

My Take on it – Amazing story that is a modern day Robinson Crusoe.

Tom Hanks is superb in the lead role and was robbed of an Oscar for this performance since it’s truly among his very best.

The story remains compelling from start to finish even if Hanks spends the entire time on the island talking to himself and to the a volleyball.

The film is able to give the viewer an idea of how a modern man would need to act in a situation like this.

The film uses special effects to enhance some of the scenes and it works so well in helping make it all seem so much more realistic.

The movie has a great supporting cast including Helen Hunt and Nick Searcy who are both very much present during the bookend scenes of the film.

The choice to give the character an inanimate object to befriend sounds strange, but it allows for the time on the island to feel even more genuine because he strives to never feel lonesome in this very lonesome place.

This is my favorite film from 2000 and I can watch it over and over without getting tired.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Job applications for FedEx went up by 30% after the release of this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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