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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Cast Away is appropriate for the number of actors in the movie
The first time I watch Cast Away, I couldn't get over the long stretches of silence. It was difficult for me and I had every excuse to not pay attention so I never got into the movie. then I sat down and watched it with my wife and really enjoyed it. It is a great look into the desire to live, the hope you can find in small everyday object and how to cope with absolute loss and not lose your mind (Wilson). Hanks does a great job...the transformation physically was scary and in the end it seemed like he had been through something...maybe difficult filming locations. The relationship in the movie (no spoilers here) moved the story along and provided the carrot to a lost man. I enjoyed watching him creatively use his surroundings to build his new life and the end was emotional...for a quiet movie I was surprised at how much was conveyed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
One of my all time favorite movies
By Karen M.
I just can't resist a good survivor movie and this is certainly one of the best. Tom Hanks is brilliant in his role as Chuck Noland, a FedEx executive who is the sole survivor of a cargo plane crash near a remote island in the middle of the ocean way off course, and consequently not in the path of where they would be searching. His will to survive is strengthened by his love for Kelly Frears, played by Helen Hunt, whom he was planning to marry when the plane went down. One of the reasons the film works so well is that Hanks actually lost 50 or 60 lbs during the filming. They literally halted the production for a year or so, giving him that amount of time to lose the weight, so scenes of him on the beach with his shirt off at the beginning of the movie, and then later when he's looking like he truly hasn't eaten anything other than fish for 4 years lends an air of authenticity to the film that could never occur had he merely worn a "fat" suit to begin with, etc. But it's his portrayal of a man whose spirit than will not give up that gives this movie its soul and in the end.. even though it doesn't have a fairy tale ending.. it definitely satisfies the viewer to the point where you almost don't want it to end.
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Four and a Half Stars!
By The Piratefish
An all around good watch.
Tom Hanks is a great actor, and proves it yet again with his outstanding performance in Cast Away. In fact, all of the acting is solid and convincing, helping to flesh out characters I actually cared about.
I really enjoy movies with a survival theme where I can place myself into the shoes of the protagonist, imagining what he or she feels and is thinking. I love being taken along on the ride as the unexpected pops up, wondering how well I would deal with the challenges. Hanks does an outstanding job of drawing in the viewer into just this type of experience. And of course, there's the very human an emotional side of things, from the surprisingly heart wrenching relationship with "Wilson" and the tragic loss of his companionship, to the homecoming where Hanks tries to sift through the life and love he left behind.
Just all around excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend watching this movie, again and again.