Written October 26, 2013
We loved this movie; I couldn't wait to buy tickets and go on opening night. As avid sailors we were excited to see how this story unfolded. Redford's performance is surely Oscar worthy. He tells this story without words, and the viewer comes along with him as he sees and takes action on each challenge. The cinematography is also stellar, giving the viewer a heart jumping view of the predicament at hand. Our only criticism is all about the story of a sailor on this journey. The practical facts are that sailors embarking on a crossing like this one would have a ready ditch bag with water, a satellite phone and emergency radio back up in it. We noticed that the only life jacket aboard went down with the boat, and that The Man clearly anticipated a huge squall coming, but while he readied 'below' he didn't unfurl his storm jib and sea anchor, heaving to in preparation. Well, those are sailing details....the movie is a wonderful must see in my opinion.
Written November 03, 2013
Excellent film. Great acting by Robert Redford. Not the typical Hollywood script. Outstanding photography. Believable movie abut trying to survive when things so wrong. Little dialogue, but events keep you involved. A must see......but clearly not "uplifting. It's testimony on the strength of the human will and attempts to overcome adverse circumstances.
The interesting part of this film is it's concentration on the aftermath of a boat accident. No history about the main character....you know nothing about him...that's what give it such focus and intensity. It stays with you
Written October 20, 2013
Straddling two overwrought genres - that of the "survivalist" film and "maritime" genre, the latter in company with literary titans such as Hemingway, Conrad, and of course magnificent Melville - "All Is Lost" manages to navigate both with significance, imagistic clarity, and an eloquence that puts this film alongside them, rather than below.
How hard to do: the main pitfalls being the use of allegory and symbol. You cannot ignore them; they are inextricable from these genres. But how to make them original? Chandor suceeds - making man's/woman's search for truth, meaning, and solitude in a seemingly fatalistic and over-inundated world seem all the more relevant. His usage of imagery, symbolism and allegory is not only not ignored, it's done with a subtlety that allows classic mythology speak for itself. Nothing needs to be explained here, and it's not. We KNOW: inherently and historically. The film's great: meaningful, beautiful, haunting, timeless.
Written November 14, 2013
At no point did Redford's one man show offer any excitement. If you want to know
how to repair your sailboat due to an accident this movie reveals its only asset. The oh so phony violent storm that dominated much of the film, was just that.
The very large ship that does not see him is of course, no surprise. The brief encounter with sharks does even begin before it ends.
There are so many other lost at seas stories that are potential great movies.
Save your money and don't go.
Written October 27, 2013
It often feels like a very well made commercial for highend boating. Robert Redford is great of course and did quite a few of the stunts. He even lost some hearing in one ear as a result. Except for just one word and the obvious nature of the story it should be a good movie for kids interested in sailing and other adventures. So where are the pirates when you need them? Look out your window Captain Phillips! Makes Gravity look like a walk in space.