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4.0 out of 5 stars A titanic film about the will to survive, 9 Jan. 2014
This review is from: All Is Lost [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
***This review is for the film only***

Where do I start? First off, my apologies for the title, it's terrible I know but hey ho :-)

As for the film, it's basically one man in a boat, there's no backstory, no other people, almost no dialogue and no unnecessary Hollywood fluff, just simply the story of one man against the elements and what a wonderfully gripping story it turns out to be.

Robert Redford plays an unnamed yachtsman, deep on a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, when out of nowhere, he is hit by catastrophe.
What follows is an epic struggle for survival between man and the elements, the will to live and to survive the very worst of what mother nature can throw at you.

It's amazing that Redford is almost 80 years old and yet still has the character and athleticism to perform the stunts and challenges that he faces. He doesn't look a day over 55 and copes with all of the climbing and jumping, far better than I would at 37. You'll be knee deep with him as he lifts, climbs, carries, pushes and pulls his way around the boat to keep it afloat. and by the end of the film you'll almost feel exhausted for watching him do it. It's exciting and at times claustrophobic but it's also tense and seat edging to the very end.

This film might not be to everyone's tastes and I do understand that, it's more of an experience than a simple movie, but fans of Redford himself, or simply fans of battle for survival against the elements films, such as The perfect storm for example, will find something of value here.

For a film with only one actor in it and very little dialogue, it's certainly never dull and keeps your attention throughout.
It's beautifully shot and expertly directed and you really do care about what happens to Redford's character.

Does he survive? Now that would be telling.

A must see movie experience. 8/10
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2014 21:32:37 GMT
Which one is you Superman or Hellboy on your photo.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 22:28:28 GMT
D. Krol says:
I'm Hellboy mate lol being as tall as I am it was one of the few costumes I could get that would fit me properly :-)

Posted on 18 Feb 2014 17:34:16 GMT
Great review 'pal' .......'Robert Redford' seems to have been around forever, I knew he was
getting on some, didn't realize he was nearly 80 though, I remember him from films like
'The Horse Whisperer' and 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'
I've ordered 'All is Lost' (U.S Import) am looking forward to it, your review is certainly
fuelling my anticipation.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2014 23:35:21 BDT
Buying this ? I have been a Lovefilm member for nearly 3 years with over 600 rentals and this film has been one of the most disappointing of all those I've hired.............Rhubarb ! Save your money ($ / £ ) for something else........honestly !
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