Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the age old story of man vs. Nature! In one corner, a city man who is stranded on an island, on the other corner, a deserted island in the middle of nowhere with no food or shelter! Who will conquer? You have to watch to find out! Every once and a while, every two or three years, a movie comes along with such power, such strength, and such drama, it makes me realize maybe Hollywood hasn’t lost all of its hope in making a good movie. Tom Hanks’ role is so excellent and powerful, that he actually touches you through the screen with his performance.
50% of his role is non-talking, and is mostly comprised of physical feats of survival. This movie presents the concept of man vs. nature so well, that I felt stranded and stressed with this character, who we see trying to survive. Catching fish, making clothes, making boats, (And the best scene of the movie) making fire to survive. “Castaway” has such a documentary-esque feel to it, that it grips the audience very well. The scenery is so beautiful, with him stranded on the island. The ocean waters, the whales, and trees are so beautiful and realistic.
One concept that gave this an advantage, was the fact that there is barely any score in this which made it very lifelike. There is score in the beginning, then no score the entire segment he is on the island and water, then there’s a score again. It’s so powerful and smart for the director to choose not to provide a score for the island segments. Which brings me to Robert Zemeckis who directs this movie so well and so brilliantly that everything seems so life-like and real. I would have loved to see more of Hanks on the island alone. We get about an hour and twenty minutes of him on the island where most of the scenes are brief and cut to each other.
The director doesn’t emphasis the plot of being stuck on the island enough to truly make this truly feel like it’s loyal to its theme. We then go the ending where we see Tom’s character attempting to adjust to the city life once again, but we never get much. We have about thirty minutes of he trying to reconcile with his lost love and never feel for him. The change of scenery never seemed to affect him, so it never affected me. An excellent drama with an excellent performance from Tom Hanks who shows his versatility and skill, “Castaway? is a gripping survival drama and one of my favorites of 2000.