Written November 16, 2013
I have a pretty vivid imagination, but I go to the movies to see a story.
Everything you need to know about this story is in the previews, a man is on a yacht, the yacht sinks. The end.
No character motivation as to why he was sailing alone, was he divorced? Was he a widow? Was he a convict? Well if you liked the choose your own adventure books, you'll love this one, except you'll have to figure it all out in your head.
Robert Redford is Robert Redford, an icon, but this film had too few details for me.
To me the "artistic" way of not telling a story to tell a story is a cop out and over done.
Save your money and get this one at Redbox. Oh and get a book to read while you're watching.
Written December 15, 2013
Maybe 'The Artist' had something to do with the minimal dialog in this film. OK, maybe not; after all, it is Robert Redford alone in the Indian Ocean on a sinking sailboat. The storyline is minimal. Redford's boat strikes a wayward shipping container and slowly begins to sink. Over the course of eight days, he has to push his ingenuity to its limits to survive. Storms, waves, fires, missed chances... Redford must reflect this in his character without any dialog (except for a single, howled curse word that would be funny if it weren't so desperate). He's already got a Golden Globe nomination for best actor for this work, and while he may not get that or an Oscar, it is still a performance worth watching. I give it ****.
Written November 17, 2013
If you are a real sailor this movie will make you nuts. The lack of seamanship that this movie portrays is ridiculous. No EPIRB??. hello!?
I would have expected a little more technical expertise from Mr. Redford as he has always done a great job in previous flix. I get the whole no talking thing but not knowing anything about the sailor (not even his name!) makes me not care about him. Even my 13 yo daughter said there should have at least been some narration. He could have at least talked to himself a little, I know when I am alone for awhile I do that!
Great concept but I think they were going for the whole Castaway thing but just having old Sundance doing a lot of grimacing and sleeping and SHAVING didn't get it done.
Written December 31, 2013
In the straights on Sumatra off the coast of Indonesia a lone sailor (Robert Redford) awakens to his cabin filling fast with salt water. A massive whole has been torn through the side of his sailboat after a freak, overnight collision with a rogue shipping container. In the vastness of the Indian Ocean the spectacular odds of this collision’s happening seem staggering, but this is only the beginning.
Almost completely devoid of dialogue, Robert Redford exudes a stolid, matter-of-fact persona in the face of catastrophe. He toils steadily, remaining as steadfast in his manner. It is exhausting to watch him labor endlessly
Written November 11, 2013
This movie is just plain stupid! If you know anything about sailing, do not waste your time. The stupidity of this sailor is beyond your imagination. I could give you examples, but then I would be wasting more of my time on this movie. I took my 13 year old daughter so that she would know what sailing the open ocean might be like as we plan on crossing the atlantic next summer. Even she said Robert Redford's character was an idiot! Really a shame as this movie had the makings of a great movie.