A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
Once again, Hanks proves his worth as a movie star. Giving us a fully dimensional characterization (a rarity in films nowadays), we not only learn how to survive along with him, but we sense his understanding of the sanctity of life. A very important message is revealed in the film, no matter how terrible things may be, no one knows what’s just around the corner; no matter how futile our existence may seem, life has the remarkable ability of suddenly bringing design to light, giving us not just hope, but purpose. The film is saying life, all life, is important. “Cast Away” is comprised of successful direction, commanding photography, a compassionate script and an inspiring performance by the film’s star. There is one fly in the ointment, however. The lead character, like most of Tom Hanks’ screen portrayals, is a non-religious man. Hanks buries a plane crash victim with respect, but without a prayer. Rather, he looks down at the grave and says, “Well, that’s all.” At no point does the character call out for God’s help. It is made abundantly clear that he is a humanist. He is a good man, but one who simply does not acknowledge the Creator. Due to the one profanity from the lead character, we are unable to recomend Cast Away for family viewing.