Saturday 24 March 2018

Cast Away voted best survival movie

Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, topped a list of survival movies
Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, topped a list of survival movies

Tom Hanks' Cast Away has been voted the greatest survival movie of all time.

The film - which stars the Oscar-winner as a man trapped on a desert island with only "Wilson" the volleyball for company - came top of the poll in a survey of more than 2,000 film fans, with 16 per cent of the vote.

It beat apocalyptic end of the world thrillers like Roland Emmerich's 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow.

Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis as the leader of a team of miners saving the planet from the threat of global destruction, came second in the poll by DVD rental and streaming service Lovefilm, with 14 per cent.

Third was 1975 classic Jaws, which tells the story of man pitted against nature in the form of a giant shark out for blood.

The rest of the top 10 was completed by Touching The Void (2003), Alive (1993), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Mad Max (1979), Lord Of The Flies (1963), 2012 (2009) and War Of The Worlds (2005).

Helen Cowley, editor at Lovefilm, said: "When it comes to the survival of the human race, Hollywood directors like Roland Emmerich tend to go big on the visual effects and catastrophic storylines, so it's refreshing to see a story of a single man's survival quest taking top place in our best survival films list."

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