What’s the greatest survival movie of all time? According to a story in the UK Mirror, it’s “Cast Away.” According to me, it’s not.
From the story…
_Film fans have snubbed over-the-top tales of the end of the world and voted for the story of a man trapped on a desert island with only a volleyball for company as the greatest survival movie of all time. Cast Away, which starred Tom Hanks as the modern-day Robinson Crusoe and “Wilson” the volleyball as his only companion, came top of the poll in a survey of more than 2,000 film fans with 16% of the vote. It beat apocalyptic end of the world thrillers like Roland Emmerich’s 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow in the poll by DVD rental and streaming service Lovefilm.
__In second place with 14% was Armageddon starring Bruce Willis as the leader of a team of miners saving the planet from the threat of global destruction. Third was 1975 classic Jaws which tells the story of man pitted against nature in the form of a giant shark out for blood. 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.”
Top 10 survival films: 1. Cast Away (2000) 2. Armageddon (1998) 3. Jaws (1975) 4. Touching The Void (2003) 5. Alive (1993) 6. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) 7. Mad Max (1979) 8. Lord Of The Flies (1963) 9. 2012 (2009) 10. War of the Worlds (2005)
Now I’m not going to argue with “Castaway” being on the list, nor will I say a bad word about “Jaws,” “Alive,” “Mad Max” or “Lord of the Flies.” And if you haven’t seen ‘Touching the Void” (which is really sort of a movie/documentary hybrid) then stop reading this and go rent it now. But “Armageddon?” “The Day After Tomorrow?” “2012?” “War of the Worlds?” (the lousy movie, not the classic HG Wells book…). I’m sorry, but that’s just pure mindless Hollywood schlock. Just off the top of my head I could name a dozen great movies that really explore and examine the concept of survival.
One example? “Deliverance.” This movie, and the even-much-better James Dickey novel it’s based on, is one of the all-time great examinations of the uncomfortable psychology of survival, and it’s one of the great tragedies of modern cinema that “Deliverance,” regardless of its merits as a work of art, will always be associated with that one infamous scene, because it’s so much more than that.
So that’s mine. What’s your pick for greatest survival movie of all time?