Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Robert Redford
After a long absence Robert Redford finally returns to the big screen in All Is Lost, delivering a tremendous performance in his most demanding role to date. Not since The Perfect Storm in 2000 has there been a motion picture set at sea which has firmly transfixed audiences to the edge of their seats.
Redford plays the role of an unnamed sailor lost at sea, alone somewhere in the Indian Ocean after his sailboat is damaged by a floating shipping container. Only an actor of his high calibre could successfully carry a unique film such as this without losing the audience's interest.
There's only one character aside from the sea and just a few spoken lines in the entire film. The sailor's anguish and desperation is clearly conveyed to the audience through close-ups of facial expressions which deliver more than a thousand words.
The majority of the film shows the sailor's resourcefulness at solving life threatening problems which nature throws at him. Battling vicious storms in a damaged sailboat without navigational and communication systems he entrusts his life to a life raft and is infuriatingly unseen by passing cargo ships.
All Is Lost is an astonishing and riveting cinematic achievement. It's the incredible story of one man's plight, his desperate fight for survival and the ultimate battle against hopelessness. JAKE