Cast Away movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Starring Tom Hanks, Cast Away is a perilous drama about a man who’s left stranded on an island after a plane crash. Without a doubt, this movie is raw, powerful, tough and entertaining.


After a deadly plane crash, a man is left stranded on a deserted island where he must try to survive as he undergoes a physical and mental transformation.

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Movie details

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White, Nick Searcy
Writer: William Broyles Jr.
Release Date (Australia): 18 January 2001
Runtime: 143 minutes/2h 23m
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English, Russian

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains themes of peril, including a plane crash and a man being injured as he is stranded on an island. There are also depictions of injuries and a corpse, as well as references to suicide.

Violence (M)

The film contains depictions of bloody wound and injury detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes infrequent uses of “s**t”, “hell” and “goddamn”.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for intense action sequences and some disturbing images)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Cast Away is a raw movie that offers an outstanding performance from Tom Hanks in a roll in which he is stranded on a deserted island. And it’s not only his acting on the screen that makes him a star, it’s the fact that he dedicated himself to this movie by starving himself to look suitable for the role. Other than the perfect acting from the entire cast, director Robert Zemeckis delivers a great cinema experience, with beautiful shooting of a well-selected location and some spectacular music.

The entire area of the movie that simply features Tom Hanks trying to survive on the deserted island is unquestionably perfect. There’s graphic injuries he suffers that make it extremely tough to watch, and to the point where you literally wince. Every time he achieves anything big for survival like creating a fire, you feel his power, pride and strength. But you also feel his disappointments and sorrows, too.

Along with this man starving on this island and his physical appearance changing, there’s also quite a strong emotional aspect to it. And it’s worth saying that during the time he’s stuck on the island, there’s not a complete lack of dialogue; he creates a companion out of a ball in which he makes it a face out of his own blood and he talks and has a connection with it.

There’s dumb movies like the Child’s Play movie series in which Chucky is by himself and he talks to himself in a stupid way that makes sure that the audience knows what he’s doing and thinking. This movie would be exactly like that, but with the fact that there’s a companion, even if it doesn’t walk, talk or breath, Hanks is talking to the ball like he’s telling us what he’s thinking, doing or how he’s feeling, which is clever and original. The only real problems with Cast Away is how the first section, also called the introduction, is not really engaging and the film’s ending isn’t satisfying.

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