Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) takes the helm for this tense adventure drama about a man (Robert Redford) who must fight for survival after being shipwrecked at sea. We first meet the unnamed protagonist -- a sailor floating on the ocean waves, sans hope, minutes from death. On the soundtrack, our hero reads a final missive to the world; he expresses remorse to his loved ones for hurting them, and prepares to enter a watery grave. The picture then jumps back in time by eight days, and an intertitle places us in the Indian Ocean, 1700 nautical miles from the Sunda Straits. The boatsman, lying asleep below deck on his schooner, is suddenly jostled to consciousness by a horrifying crash. He discovers that a steel crate, floating in mid-ocean, has torn a gaping hole into the side of his vessel. From that ominous beginning, the crises mount, including flooding, a ruined ham radio, and blinding thunderstorms. Though the sailor tries everything he can think of to save himself, external challenges ultimately coalesce and threaten to damn him.~Jason Buchanan
"Preparing for the storm" featurette
"Big film, small film" featurette
3 vignettes: "The story," "The filmmaker: J.C. Chandor" and the "The actor: Robert Redford"
This is what great movie making is about; taking a simple story and idea, combining it with great acting, resulting in a captivating result.
Despite it being Robert Redford, it took only minutes to 'forget' that it was him; the story was simple, not complex, but totally captivating from the start to end, which left you guessing right up to the last minute... This will be timeless; it needs no complex dialog, no special effects, no hot women, no stupid unbelievable plots or stunts...its a story that could touch any of us, and one that touches on experiences, feelings and emotions we should all recognize. It's a shame that such a film was passed over by this seasons awards, but I can see why Mr Redford chose to do this, and he gave a masterful performance, so much so, it did not appear as such.
A truly unique kind of film experience with only one character and little dialogue the film manages to remain compelling and interesting throughout. It is not for everyone but if you find the thought of a film lacking all kinds of needless talking your cup of tea then this is for you. Great for lovers of sailing also.
This film may not be for everyone, but I found it fascinating. There is practically no dialog, but I think there is little reason for complaint on that score, as it is a one character movie and the situation needs no explanation. Robert Redford is remarkable in conveying desperation and ingenuity. Definitely a film worth seeing if you want something different and thought provoking.
Overhyped, yet overlooked is what Id say about this film. It seems as though this movie was designed in a Cast Away style to be a performance showcase for a actor. The fact the actor is the older Robert Redford I think that that alone makes the film stand out on its own. Contrived conception aside you can't deny Redford's ability and talent. Still its a good hour and a half watch.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Movie if you like Robert Redford
I really liked the movie! I love movies and have always liked Robert Redford. The photography is top notch and the sound is fantastic. For only having one person in the movie it kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole time, without explosions and car chases. The only complaint was I wanted to know more backstory. This movie is not for everyone but is a subtle character study.
A quiet, clever and riveting tale of survival at s
In the defining performance of his later career, Robert Redford thrills in this captivating story about an ordinary man's fight to survive against the treacherous seas. Brilliantly directed by JC Chandor, this drama is presented in low-dialogue naturalism, and it's atmospheric thrills and dry humor make it one of the most memorable survival films to date.
All Is Lost is a wonderful film centered around one man's journey being lost at sea on his small boat. Redford puts on a great performance with next to no dialogue. The script is said to have been 30 pages in length and shows the masterful use of cinematography to tell the store of this man's remorse and regret with his life.
Robert Redford gives an authoritative performance, but since he's the only person in the movie, methinks whoever had played this role would have gotten raves. The film is intensely claustrophobic and exciting, and except for an ending that wants to have it both ways--does he or doesn't he?--it's a good, dramatic movie.