I found this an amazingly gripping and absorbing film, very movingly acted, really giving me the sense of what it might be like to be lost alone at sea and being never quite sure what the outcome would be. Robert Redford gave an outstanding, understated performance that had you feeling as though you were out there with him. I was almost in tears by the end. Some people have complained that not enough research was undertaken into the world of sailing and that it didn’t accord with what any experienced sailor would do or go through. To me that didn’t matter, and I take it to have had the equivalence of poetic licence. I suppose these same people would complain that the story of King Lear is unlikely to have gone literally like that in real life. Some films or works of art are psychological examinations of the human condition, and not to be taken as literal chronology.
An excellent film, in my opinion, as I don't think I've been glued to the screen as much, watching a film, with only one character and hardly any dialogue, The music is pretty mesmeric, and the camera shots, are really well done, I thought this was a great film, with a distressing sense of loneliness, and peril, making me wonder why anyone would put themselves in danger like that... Not quite as precarious as 'Dead Calm' But close!!
But it's another reason not to go sailing, from what I can tell...
WOW ! WHAT AN AMAZING FILM !! 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 dried out. 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.
What a Great Film.... Anything can happen at sea,and that's the point...... Anything...... Just put on this dvd and watch...... Your Heart will go out for this man,the sea is a big place and you must know what your doing there?..... Just watch a Great Film........ Five Stars.
Hugely poignant film i adored on hopelessness and depths of despair - the rescue at the very end of the film is something you don't expect which adds to the effect of it a film made in a truly impossible time in my life so i will have my blu-ray disc of it forever great performance by Robert Redford also.