Thursday, 10 December 2015

My Film Reviews - All is Lost

All is Lost stars Robert Redford. No-one else at all. Just Redford. He stars alone in this film about getting stranded at sea. He is on a boat all alone in the middle of the ocean.

It starts with him saying that he tried. "I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right, but I wasn't. All is lost".

Days before, we see him alone on his yacht. He has collided with a shipping container that is just floating in the ocean. Its ripped a big hole in the side of his boat and water is pouring in.

He manages to free his boat from the container by climbing onto it and attaching a sea anchor. He tries to patch up the damage, but the damage has been done. None of his equipment works.

He sees a storm heading his way on the horizon. He tries to ride it with the sails, but it becomes too dangerous. He gets knocked overboard and just about manages to get back onboard. The boat capsizes and rolls. The mast is damaged, and everything is wrecked.

He realises there is no way to salvage the yacht, so he gets what he can and abandons ship into a life raft inflatable. He finds a navigation device and manages to find his way to the shipping lane.

Two huge ships pass by him, but despite his letting off flares to signal them, they don't see him. He gives up and the raft drifts away from the shipping lane.

He is sunburnt, dehydrated and weak. He survives another storm, but he looks like he isn't going to make it.

He sees another ship but this time he sets fire to pages from his book to signal it. It rages out of control and he falls into the water, sinking beneath the surface. He struggles, but then gives up and sinks down. He sees a light above him, someone searching for him. He swims to the surface and grabs the outstretched hand above him.

The screen goes white, so you don't see what happens then, you can only assume he has survived and has been rescued.

This is a powerful film. No spoken words after the opening lines. No other cast member. Just Redford and his boat and the ocean.

Its simple plot is entirely believable. Its tense and nerve wracking. Robert Redford is absolutely fantastic. He just is this guy. How on earth he physically endured making such a film is in itself impressive. Its his acting skill though that holds forth here. He is such a huge talent.

This is a great film. I'm sure there are some that will question why he was on his own etc.. but regardless, its a great film. Redford is a great actor, and is worth watching just for him.

Directed by J.C.Chandor, this is just his second film. It was released in 2013 and was nominated for a raft of awards, winning a few of them.

All in all, I thought this was superb.

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