Our first week of the Ultimate 2000s Blogathon continues with Damien from Riley on Film and the DRP, or The Damien Riley Podcast. Also, along with Darren, he is co-host of the Talking Stars Podcast. Damien specializes in horror film but is always up for discussing films of any genre, as evident by his recent request for me to challenge him with several comic book films to watch. Check out all of his sites to fully experience Damien’s love of film. Tor this blogathon, he explains his love of the Tom Hanks classic, Cast Away.
Cast Away is the original “Survivor.” It takes an ordinary man (Tom Hanks) and maroons him on a desert island. This is Hollywood stripped down, minimalized. A Vast majority of the runtime is one man doing things with no dialog. When there is dialog, it’s to a silent, imaginary friend named “Wilson” who takes the form of a Wilson volleyball. I cover some plot spoilers in this review.
The 2000’s were the era for Microsoft and Apple phones. In spite of these tech achievements however, this simple concept for a film caught on like a blaze with movie audiences all over the world. Though Tom Hanks is the main actor all alone on the island, there are some other big names in the cast such as Helen Hunt, who plays Hanks’ character’s romantic interest prior to the crash. I felt the primal emotions of jealousy as I watched him return to her after all those years gone. The film is so good at evoking those raw emotions. When a film is simple, these are much more possible.
The director is Robert Zemeckis. He is in the category of Steven Spielberg. This noteworthy director did “Back to the Future” and “Forrest Gump” just to name a few of his classics. I think his mastery of the craft shows through in this film. There are some CGI but for the most part it’s a simple set of a guy on a beach, stranded. I love stranded on island movies because they make me think about what I might do to survive. I get to see some of the tricks people will come up with to survive. I think these are primal attractions that most humans share.
Apart from the survival aspect, there is the love triangle that exists when Hanks’ character returns to the mainland. He is happy for her that she has found love again and has kids but it still hurts. This really caused me to think about what the selfish move would be in this situation. I feel he makes the right decision walking away. Then there is a poetic ending where he takes the long lost package out to the house of the person it belonged to. Maybe he’ll find love there. I think the who audience is hoping he will.
From dental work with an ice skate to painting a blood face on a volleyball, we get the raw castaway in this film. I’ve seen in many times and hope to see it many more.
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