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Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), the film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.
Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
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Ironically, the films this most resembles are The Perfect Storm and Gravity, both of which suffered from a badly miscast George Clooney. Here, the casting of Redford is perfect. An actor of his history and status comes with enormous baggage; and, like Tom Hanks's Captain Phillips, it is remarkable and moving to see him throw all that baggage overboard and deliver a selfless and subtle performance of real force.
This is an "experience" movie, almost entirely without dialogue. It's all about the details of a man, alone with his skill and his temperament. The storm scenes are terrifying. The quiet scenes are equally devastating. Coming hot on the heels of Gravity, an equally high concept disaster movie, I would say All is Lost is the less showy and more effective film.
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
The "lone man" is Robert Redford, "the sea" is Indian Ocean. Redford (no name is given for the hero) is awakened one morning to find his yacht damaged by an astray shipping container, and taking on water through the wreckage. The yacht is restored within a couple of days, but all the electric equipment is more or less damaged and we are shown dark and ominous clouds on the horizon. And then all hell breaks loose, which lead Redford to abandon the vessel in favour of an inflatable life raft. By plummeting the audience directly into the action and refusing to fill the viewers on the material background of our hero (who is he, why is here alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, what are his regrets), in my opinion brilliant J.C. Chandor (whose debut was brilliant Margin Call [DVD]) creates an severe and sombre shot of one man's struggle, skills, and determination to survive - all fantastically performed by Redford, who projects a quiet dignity of this unnamed sailor without the past in his attempt to navigate the Indian Ocean's shipping lane in the hope of being rescued (one of the most sad and breath-taking scenes of the film are the scenes where cargo liners pass literally meters from Redford's survival raft, oblivious of his struggles).
"All Is Lost" is simply a visually striking story about a struggle between a man and nature, this is not a film for everybody, but if you like the idea of such film - you will enjoy it thoroughly!Read more ›
A floating container that had obviously tumbled from a cargo ship begins
our man's fight for survival, his 37 foot yacht has floated into the obstacle
the hull has been breached, the water rushing in, this is the beginning of
his eight day fight for survival.
Our sailor patches up the hole as best he can, however much of his vital
equipment including the radio-transmitter is saturated, he's in the middle
of the 'Indian Ocean'
Attempts to contact anyone has failed even though the transmitter has
He's hoping to sail his patched up yacht to safety.....the ;last thing he needs
is the storm that is brewing........will the patched up hull hold up ?
Things are about to turn somewhat desperate for our lone yachtsman.
What an extraordinary performance from 77-year old 'Robert Redford'
To take a part in which you are submerged in water, thrown about,
climbing on and off a yacht, would be one hell of a task for a younger man,
from a man in his late 70's....frankly ....remarkable.
The film will tie your stomach in knots as the tension builds throughout
this terrific watch.
Additional features include :-
* Filmmaker documentary.
* Preparing for the storm--featurette.
* Big Film, Small Film--featurette.
* 3 Vignettes 'The story' 'The filmmaker--J.C.Chandor'
and actor 'Robert Redford'
* The sound of 'All is Lost' featurette.
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No explosions. No gunfire or car chases. An absorbing adventureIn the Man vs. Nature tradition. Superb!Published 1 day ago by Jack Schroeder
Very good film,all the more watchable because of Robert Redford of course. Brilliant acting as usual.Published 23 days ago by anne maddock
As an old man I loved this movie.You do not loose your balls once you hit 60! Magical show.Published 26 days ago by C. Caughey
Who would believe that a film with a script of about 13 or 14 words could be so gripping?Published 2 months ago by Eaters
Very good film in my opinion (huge fan of Robert Redford) If you want an action film though this isn't the one for you but otherwise fully recommend. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C A H
Great film. RR as you never seen before, old, determined, slow. You can't come away not thinking about how you'd do this or that differently. Deserves an Oscar for thisPublished 2 months ago by Mr. Mrs. Lester
Fantastic acting - five star; brings home the realities with such empathy for the role that watching it becomes unbearable.Published 3 months ago by just someone