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This is the true story of an adventure seeking enthusiast, Aron Ralston, who climbs into a tight canyon in the middle of nowhere Utah, and becomes trapped by a boulder.
Based on actual events, he is only armed with his handicam, a pocket knife, and a small bit of water to survive. James Franco delivers one of his best performances to date in this one. Not for the faint of heart for sure, but definitely one to watch.
Gravity is more of an experience than a movie. You are sucked into the vastness of outer space at the get go. Adrenaline pumps as you watch every nail biting minute. Very few films are this intense and play out in a real time sequence.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are essentially the only two actors in this whole movie and really bring their characters to life. The special effects go without saying.
This won several awards, including best picture nomination.
If you liked this movie too, why not also check out these other great science fiction movies like ‘Gravity’.
Will Smith plays a research scientist who may be the last man on earth in I am Legend, but this movie sets the bar for surviving a zombie apocalypse. With booby traps and crazy street scenes of an abandoned NYC, this film is set after a zombie virus has infected most of the world’s population.
You get the back story through his flashbacks and dreams, which is a nice contrast. This movie has some nail-biting moments, too, and a few jump scares to keep you on your toes.
I’ve chosen a few other movies like Cast Away, full of adventure, heroic plans and overcoming extreme hardship. These films have that strong survival spirit and are sure to have you holding your breath as you watch. These films also include focus on team work, instead of just a one man show.
Another true story and incredible tale of Captain Phillips’ cargo ship gets hijacked by Somali pirates. His crew must all pull together to fight the enemy, but in the end, Captain Phillips is the real hero, risking his life to save his crew.
There is a scene at the end that will have you bawling as Tom Hanks brings out the acting chops like I’ve never seen. Amazing story, you have to watch this one!
Super Mom, Angelina Jolie, not only can act, but can direct like a pro as well. I was in awe of this true story of strength and courage. Louis Zamperini, a man with nine lives, ran in the 1936 Olympics and then enlisted in the US Army during WWII.
He survived a horrible plane crash and was stranded in the middle of the ocean for 47 days. He was captured and tortured in a Japanese POW camp, a story almost too incredible to be true. And you think you’re having a bad day?
The name Unbroken says it all, an inspiring story you have to see to believe.
The Grey is another film like Cast Away I’d like to recommend. Liam Neeson will find you and will kill you, but not in this film. After his plane crashes, he must lead the survivors out of the wilderness while fighting off a hungry pack of wolves.
He’s like the arctic MacGyver, using tools as weapons to defend himself and to survive the harsh Alaskan wilderness. This man versus nature film is sure to please.
If these movies teach us anything, it’s always be prepared and to have a survival kit handy at all times. Those are my top recommendations of films similar to Cast Away.
If you enjoy great nail biters, intense action and have a soft spot for the hero – then these are some films you need to watch.
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