All Is Lost (12A)

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All Is Lost

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Time Out says

Tue Dec 17 2013

Men of steel and iron have grunted their way through blockbusters. But you’re not going to see anything as tough – or as goddamned manly – as Robert Redford coolly staring into a mirror shaving while a storm pounds his sailboat to smithereens. ‘All Is Lost’ is a survival movie, an especially pure one at that. Apart from a brief spoken introduction (and a well-earned mid-plight swear), it has no words, just one actor – plus a beautiful 39-foot yacht that suffers a heart-wrenching puncture from a wayward shipping container.

But as ‘Our Man’ (seriously, that’s how Redford is credited) tends to the gaping hole, a piece of performance magic comes together. The bits of business, confidently handled by Redford like the saltiest of sea dogs, are absorbing in themselves. But what’s the guy doing cruising by himself weeks off the coast of Africa? When he breaks out a nautical sextant still in the box, why does he linger over the gift card? For keen viewers, the smallest gesture adds to the mystery of this loner. Redford, already a giant, has never been better. His character’s misadventure might be a kind of cosmic penance. It’s definitely the salvation of the moviegoing year.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Thu Dec 26, 2013

Duration:

106 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

JC Chandor

Cast:

Robert Redford

Screenwriter:

JC Chandor

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Loo

This is not bad but Redford's character displays so little emotion I hardly cared if he lived or died and so wasn't drawn into the film in the way I had hoped. My other criticism would be that the storm scenes looked obviously filmed indoors in a water tank. My sister watched it with me and said it was as exciting as watching paint dry. Although I didn't hate it as much I could not understand why it has got such good reviews. Later that day I watched Castaway with Tom Hanks who displayed the emotion this was lacking. When faced with so many set backs would you really only use the F word only once?? I think not.

Paul

Whilst Mark D cannot recommend this film highly enough, I certainly can and hope you will go see it. Remove the nonsense and tiger from Life Of Pi and simplify the story right down to the basics of survival at sea and this is that film. Everything is done seemingly in a logical and proper order and yet the situation becomes increasingly acute. This is the first film I have seen (since Inception) where the audience stayed seated at the end of the film until the moment is broken. Excellent.

Paul

Whilst Mark D cannot recommend this film highly enough, I certainly can and hope you will go see it. Remove the nonsense and tiger from Life Of Pi and simplify the story right down to the basics of survival at sea and this is that film. Everything is done seemingly in a logical and proper order and yet the situation becomes increasingly acute. This is the first film I have seen (since Inception) where the audience stayed seated at the end of the film until the moment is broken. Excellent.

critique

Excellent survival drama, just "Our Man" Redford, alone at sea, plus occasional well-placed soundtrack music. As Geddy says below, "far superior" to the insanely over-rated `Gravity`.

Geddy

A wonderfully made and acted film full of anxious drama and suspense. A far superior film about the struggle for survival against the odds than the frankly ludicrous (and far greater budget) "Gravity". Redford is totally believable in this film and deserves awards.

Geddy

A wonderfully made and acted film full of anxious drama and suspense. A far superior film about the struggle for survival against the odds than the frankly ludicrous (and far greater budget) "Gravity". Redford is totally believable in this film and deserves awards.

Mark Davis

It is fair to say, this film will not suit everyone’s taste. The film centres on one character and has only one setting. Robert Redford is a lone yachtsman caught in the Indian Ocean. His yacht begins to sink. As he struggles to save his life, he has no choice but to face his own mortality. Except for a handful of lines which are at the start of the film, the film is mainly silent. So why have I given this five stars? There are four reasons. From the start, the film is exciting and action packed. Although a running thread, the film is not only about an 75-year-old man confronting his mortality Instead, the film focuses on how he struggles, battles and fights for his survival against all the elements of mother nature. The character has an insatiable will to live. The film is therefore a metaphor about how we all deal with our own daily battles and challenges in life and more importantly our own will to live in the face of adversity. At the start of the film, Robert Redford, writes a note. It is farewell note of a 75-year-old man which is not only full of regrets but full of things that he has never said to his family. The note starts off by saying “Sorry” to his family. For me, this was a profound moment of the film, as it is not a note I ever wish to write myself either now or if I ever reach 75. Finally, the ending of the film is extremely emotional and metaphysical. To conclude, I could not recommend this film highly enough.

Mark Davis

It is fair to say, this film will not suit everyone’s taste. The film centres on one character and has only one setting. Robert Redford is a lone yachtsman caught in the Indian Ocean. His yacht begins to sink. As he struggles to save his life, he has no choice but to face his own mortality. Except for a handful of lines which are at the start of the film, the film is mainly silent. So why have I given this five stars? There are four reasons. From the start, the film is exciting and action packed. Although a running thread, the film is not only about an 75-year-old man confronting his mortality Instead, the film focuses on how he struggles, battles and fights for his survival against all the elements of mother nature. The character has an insatiable will to live. The film is therefore a metaphor about how we all deal with our own daily battles and challenges in life and more importantly our own will to live in the face of adversity. At the start of the film, Robert Redford, writes a note. It is farewell note of a 75-year-old man which is not only full of regrets but full of things that he has never said to his family. The note starts off by saying “Sorry” to his family. For me, this was a profound moment of the film, as it is not a note I ever wish to write myself either now or if I ever reach 75. Finally, the ending of the film is extremely emotional and metaphysical. To conclude, I could not recommend this film highly enough.