Starring: Robert Redford
Directed by: J.C. Chandor
Written By: J.C. Chandor
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 46 min
As with movies like Gravity and Cast Away, what we have here is a lone survivor narrative. What’s missing in my opinion is character. We learn absolutely nothing about our lead in this story. Not even his name. We don’t know why he’s out sailing alone in the middle of nowhere, but considering the kind of luck this guy has it’s probably a good thing he doesn’t have any friends. If there’s a loose shipping container floating about – he’ll hit it. Storms? He’ll find them all. Even the local sea life around him becomes more predatory!
I get that this is a more pure expression of the lone survivor tale, but without any back story I found I had little emotionally invested in this man’s journey. Robert Redford does give a brilliant performance, and technically the film is an intriguing watch. Without that character connection though, I just logged this an interesting experiment with some notable qualities. If there was a deeper meaning to All Is Lost, then it plotted a course right over my head.
Robert Redford is the only cast member in this film. There is also very little dialog. Nearly everything communicated is done with actions and body language. If you find you can connect with a film without a well developed central character then you’ll likely get more out of this than I did. Also, if you’re simply a fan of Robert Redford this film is a must see.
This is really nicely photographed so a digital matinee is recommended. At home a HD viewing is a must.
Best element for me:
I liked the more technical elements of the film. Especially during the first storm when the boat is flipped.