To say Robert Redford is an acting legend is an understatement so when he is involved in a project you know there is typically something to it. Over the years he has delivered some iconic performances, but much like every other career has had a few clunkers along the way. His latest, All is Lost looks to take him in a direction that he has never gone before, but could it pack the punch it promises or will it sink to the bottom of the ocean?
All is Lost follows a man deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean who wakes to find his yacht taking on water after a collision. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man 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. This is a unique film in not only its single actor approach similar to films like Castaway, but it has almost zero dialogue. A film like this can fall apart quickly, but the attention to detail and performance by Redford makes for a great film and one of his best performances in years. It may sound strange to say his best performance showcases no actual dialogue, but it is actually a lot harder to sell the emotions and struggle that he is going through with just his actions. Here he you can see his emotional turmoil grow from a confidence that he can fix the solution to desperation all while keeping the performance real and never over the top.
There is little action to this movie and does a have somewhat slow pace, but is necessary for the story it is telling. They could have attempted to make it more exciting instead of intelligent, but thankfully they stuck to real story telling. This is a story of real struggle and fear that will make your mind wander into a state of paranoia on what you would do in the situation while never opting out and pushing the Hollywood formula.
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