All Is Lost
During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner (Robert Redford) awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and barely escapes with his life. With any luck, the ocean currents may carry him into a shipping lane -- but, with supplies dwindling and the sharks circling, the sailor is forced to face his own mortality.
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All Is Lost... Did you mean Cast Away minus Wilson and land? Actually, although you may see glimpses of Cast Away, All Is Lost differs itself enough to stand on its own as a film and compelling story. The entire movie takes place on a personal yacht (not the super fancy kind) and we don't get much backstory regarding the main character's life or family. However, despite wanting to know more about his life, this movie will draw you in and keep you interested. It makes you think, "What would I do in that situation?" It also brings a number of other questions to mind regarding emergency preparedness which are valuable to think about. I was taken back by the overall quality film making portrayed here. There are hardly any words... one of which is an f-bomb, but it's honestly surprising that there is only one of those and not more swearing, especially given the context of the movie. The film makers did a great job at creating suspense using natural elements, such as the creeks in the boat, the sound of water swaying back and forth, and other noises you'd only hear if you were in the middle of the ocean. They didn't have to rely on heavy dialogue... or in this case monologue. There is some music that adds to the suspense but not as much as one would expect. Perhaps one of the eeriest things is that Robert Redford is alone the entire time of his crisis.September 26th, 2013 · Details
Redford gives the performance of his career. It feels as if the accumulated wisdom of his years, and knowledge amassed in his many screen roles and filmmaking efforts, is contained in this one performance. The film is at once a tribute to human resilience and a cautionary tale about the pitiless authority of nature... See Full ReviewOctober 23rd, 2013 · Details
The first trailer I saw for this movie made it seem like it was going to be a boring movie but then I saw an extended trailer awhile later and it convinced me to give it a try. I was really glad I watched this film. I like films that are different or challenging and in this film, Robert Redford is the only person in the movie. It is about a man out at sea on his sail boat and he gets a hole in it and then eventually has to survive on a raft. What I liked most about it was that it wasn't your typical movie from Hollywood about survival. It was more like a true to life survival film. They did not throw in flashbacks of his home life, or have inner dialogue going, it was just a man doing what he can to survive. I know that might sound boring but it is fascinating. I think there was like 5 lines of dialogue in the whole movie, but you are interested the whole time. The sounds in the film are great and really make you fell like you are out there with him. Robert Redford was snubbed by the Academy for this role, he definitely deserved a nomination for best actor. The movie is pretty clean but one of the very few words he ever says is the F-word. And there is a little bit of blood from cuts he receives. Overall, it was a good film and worth a watch.February 21st, 2014 · Details
Moral of the story: do not go sailing alone in the Indian Ocean without letting someone know your travel plans. Surprisingly compelling movie consider it only employs one actor and almost no dialogue.February 8th, 2014 · Details
Talk about a minimalist movie. This is the story of one man (Robert Redford) trying to survive in the Indian Ocean on his damaged sailboat. That‚Äôs it. It‚Äôs like ‚ÄúCast Away‚Äù without a volleyball named Wilson to talk to. If that film drove you nuts, then you‚Äôll crawl up the walls watching this one. But for me, there‚Äôs something incredibly interesting about a man‚Äôs efforts to think his way out of a difficult situation. It‚Äôs an extraordinary piece of filmmaking that values the idea that silence speaks volumes sometimes. ‚ÄúAll is Lost‚Äù is one of the year‚Äôs best... See Full ReviewOctober 25th, 2013 · Details
Robert Redford commands every scene in the man-virus-nature movie All Is Lost. However his co-star, Mother Nature, gives a pretty impressive performance as well... See Full ReviewOctober 24th, 2013 · Details
This is Robert Redford doing what too many stars should do and don't: taking a chance. And reinventing his art. It's an extraordinary thing to see... See Full ReviewOctober 17th, 2013 · Details
This solo ordeal won‚Äôt be to every taste, but ‚ÄúAll Is Lost‚Äù is a grand vehicle for the actor and for that viewer ready to consider his or her own mortality, the problems, conflicts, strengths and shortcomings you‚Äôre sure you leave behind when you just sail away. As it turns out, you don‚Äôt... See Full ReviewOctober 15th, 2013 · Details