Cast Away (2000) Film Review


Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is a FedEx executive whose plane comes down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but he survives the crash and winds up on a small island. For the next four years he manages to keep himself alive accompanied only by a volleyball he names Wilson until he is able to sail off and escape.

I’m pretty glad that I didn’t watch this in the cinema. It’s pretty good, tense at times, (stupid at times, too, but I still loved Wilson). Sometimes, I’m a bit over Tom Hanks. I think some films he has chosen have been really twee and quite average, but this is a good one. If you like this kind of thing – fairly schmaltzy, but with some strong, powerful moments. For me, there could have been a bit more focus on his return to civilization and his disorientation, but I guess that would have made for an extra long film.

Cast Away was nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks) and Best Sound.