Robert Zemeckis is mostly noted for the special effects used in his movies (ie, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump). But once in a while, he delivers an entertaining movie with little to no special effects.
Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is a FedEx systems engineer whose personal and professional life are ruled by the clock. His fast-paced career takes him, often at a moment's notice, to far-flung locales - and away from his girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt). Chuck's manic existence abruptly ends when, after a plane crash, he becomes isolated on a remote island, cast away into the most desolate environment imaginable. Stripped of the conveniences of everyday life, he first must meet the basic needs of survival, including water, food and shelter. Chuck, the consummate problem solver, eventually figures out how to sustain himself physically. But then what? Chuck begins his true personal journey.
Hanks delivers a very good performance as Chuck Noland. Zemeckis manages to create a feeling of isolation throughout. If I was stuck on a desert island, I would bring this along for survival tips.
My Rating: ****1/2