All is Lost

All is Lost


Never give up.

Robert Redford stars by himself as a man lost at sea in this nearly dialogue-free thriller. Despite his resourcefulness, the aged sailor is forced to deal with the possibility that these may be his last moments alive. This is the second feature by writer and director J. C. Chandor, who impressed critics with his Oscar-nominated debut Margin Call.... More

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, he sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.Hide

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On the surface, writer/director J.C. Chandor’s second film couldn’t be more different to his debut Margin Call, an excellent ensemble drama depicting the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. But look closer and you’ll see evidence of an auteur at work. Both films benefit from a brutal consistency of time and place, and both pit their protagonists against an immutable force – be it the financial crash or, in this case, the unforgiving ocean.... More

Redford plays “our man”, a yachtsman sailing “1,700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits” when his boat is breached by a stray shipping container. From the moment he wakes to see water sloshing beneath his hammock, we (and he) know he’s screwed. The tension comes from establishing just how badly.

Whereas Margin Call was busy with business talk, All Is Lost is – bar one of cinema’s greatest swears – essentially wordless. There’s nothing to say, and no one to say it to, just one man, alone, against nature. He’s not even particularly emotive, why else would he be sailing solo? Indeed, Redford’s impressive stoicism makes Gravity seem like a Goodfellas of conviviality in comparison.

All process, and no personality, the result is one of the purest action films ever made: methodical, minimal, stripped of all ballast. Because it doesn’t ask – or offer – anything beyond endurance, some will find it difficult to engage with. But whereas Gravity couldn't resist a half-baked search for meaning, Chandor’s films know that, when faced with the worst, there’s nothing left but do or die.Hide

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Much like Ryan Renolds in 'Buried' one lone actor has the lead and retains the entire focus of everyone watching. This culminates into a real film, reminded me a lot of 'No Country for Old Men' as there's no music, but then again, makes seen realistic. I really enjoyed the way in which Robert's character battles to the end with such drive and passion. Took me a while to get into it, with the combins forces of 'Open Water' 'Cast Away' and 'Buried'.

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  • Robert Redford's near-mute performance as a mysterious old man of the sea adrift and utterly alone makes for a bold, gripping thriller. Full Review

  • A triumph of visual storytelling... while Redford is sublime in what could well be the performance of his career. Full Review

  • With no 3D, no friends and no hope, Redford and Chandor show how survivalist instincts can stoke thrilling, thoughtful cinema. Full Review

  • Chandor's immersive approach shores up Redford's remarkable, understated performance. Full Review

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