Cast Away ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

This movie’s thorax is one of the sparest, most brazenly austere portions in any Hollywood movie in my lifetime, so it’s all the more dispiriting when the score unexpectedly swells up when Hanks, bearded and triumphant, looks ruminitively at the island he inhabited for years as it disappears in the horizon behind his ramshackle raft. This is right before a CGI whale swims up beside him and rolls over like an old dog and winks. This dramatic crutch undermines all the work that went in to shooting this movie on a real faraway location and the lengths to which Hanks went to make his appearance authentic. What follows, including his enormously protracted reunion with his similarly Academy Award-winning partner, feels like two more hours. Anyhow, this is as close as we’re going to get to the Lisandro Alonso-directed survivalist fable budgeted at $60m and starring Tom Hanks that I would really love to see.