Written November 04, 2013
One character, no dialog--not your average flick. Beautifully crafted, with incredible cinematography and a masterful, physical performance by Redford. In some ways, it reminded me of the old adventure films of the 50's, but this one's more allegorical.
Not great, but good.
Written October 26, 2013
I really enjoyed the surreal quality of this movie. I've heard of persons deciding to sail around the world alone - "All Is Lost" shows you what it's like to be not only achingly alone, but also terrifyingly vulnerable to the elements. It brings home the fact that you have to be prepared for more than everything. Robert Redford's acting was entirely believable. The character made some, in my mind, odd decisions at times, but Redford carried off the whole thing really well. I loved the absence of dialogue, and the underwater and in-the-air shots that underlined how utterly alone the character must have felt.
I read the reactions of experienced sailors to this movie, and they identified a litany of things that just didn't make sense realistically, some of which they attributed to the character, and most of which they attributed to bad editing/movie planning.
All in all, though, I'd recommend the movie despite its problems.
Written November 02, 2013
Go see this.. It opens with the only dialogue in the movie and tells us exactly
how the whole experience is going to end. The character development is done
totally through his responses and actions. I never cared about him
because I never knew him. The sharks had much more interest in him than
I have always been a Redford fan and will continue to follow his work. He took
a chance; did something risky. I'm not saying it was bad, i just couldn't go there.
Written May 26, 2016
Redford is known for many great projects, both as an actor and as a director, and I feel he may very well be awarded this year for his exceptional acting in this film.
I've tried to imagine other actors in this role, and I can't quite see it. Not to say that no other actor could do it but after you see the film, ask yourself if anyone could have done it better. I don't think so. It's written and directed in a way that it's success depends on an emotional connection between the actor and the audience. Redford has you inside 5 minutes and carries you with him all the way to the credits. With so few words spoken throughout the entire film, the theater was absolutely silent as we all hung on to see what would happen.
Extremely well written and directed. A rare kind of film that deserves high marks for artistic merit in cinema. Is it a film I'll buy an watch over and over again? I don't know. But you must go and see it.
Written July 31, 2015
As my friend and I were getting seated to see "All is Lost" - before the 80 previews began to play - she told me that she'd spoken to a friend who'd seen the movie and said it was the most boring thing she'd ever seen.
After the movie I told her to ditch that friend. I was riveted by this journey. Edge of my seat throughout. Robert Redford was simply Amazing.