All Is Lost


A man, a disabled boat,and God on the open water, is the story that is told in (All is Lost).The man (Robert Redford), is sailing in the Indian Ocean, when his boat is hit by a container,and it’s side is breached and taking on water. Outside of a voiceover at the beginning, which has the man reading a note he will leave to his family after he is lost at sea, Redford as the man, does not speak but a few words throughout this gripping and engrossing film. At least Tom Hanks had a volley ball to talk to.

I think that Redford, a veteran actor and director, with his seasoned and weathered face, carries a lot of weight and depth to this film that other actors would have had a hard time with. His very matter of fact, wise, workmanlike actions, in solving the numerous obstacles that he is faced with in the film, give him an almost dad like comfort and quality; and as things get bleaker and bleaker, you have faith that he will prevail. You believe in him. You can see that the man is no stranger to the seas, and he knows what he is doing.

“My boat gets hit by a container full of sneakers, so I steer my ship so the hole side is not taking on water until I can patch it, check my maps, and head for a shipping lane using my navigation skills, because my radio doesn’t work anymore. I will figure this out.”

This is a beautiful looking film that will immerse you in this man’s plight. You will feel his isolation and desolation as this movie moves forward. The score, which almost sounds like whale songs at times, will add to this mood you experience. There are some beautiful shots from underwater looking up; particularly a school of fish that swim up near the raft, followed by the barracudas that hunt them. Whatever can go wrong, does go wrong, and after patching up the hole somewhat to stop the water from coming in, while high up on the mast, he sees off in the distance, a bad storm coming in. Then all hell breaks loose.

It is now a race against his dwindling surroundings, the unforgiving weather, and depleted supplies. This is a very well crafted film by J.C. Chandor and you will be glued to see how this movie ends. Huge credit to Redford, who does so much with his eyes and body movement to empathize with him. I am not quite sure whether I liked the resolve of the movie. I questioned whether another choice would have been more appropriate giving the tone, but I thought a lot about it for a few days...and that’s a sure sign of a good film in my mind.

You should see this movie.



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