Friday, November 1 2013, 11:38 AM MDT
Movie Review: All Is Lost
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Robert Redford
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for an unconventional drama with a fantastic performance by Robert Redford.
Synopsis: When a shipping container at damages his boat at sea a man (Robert Redford) is forced to use his wits and strength to survive.
Review: All Is Lost is a one-man movie that features very little dialogue, almost no background on its character and takes place in the middle of the ocean. On one hand it is an incredibly simple film; one actor against the elements as his boat disintegrates. Of course when it comes to filmmaking it is never that simple. In order for All Is Lost to work the movie needs a highly skilled actor with a natural charisma and a director and crew that are capable of convincing audiences that everything they see is actually happening in the middle of the ocean and not in a controlled environment. Thankfully Robert Redford and director/writer J.C. Chandor are up to the task and together they've created a tense and engaging film.
My only complaint, and I'm not certain how passionately I feel about this, is that we know nothing of Redford's character. At the beginning of the film we hear him read a letter that he has written to an unspecified someone. It implies a few things, but it doesn't really help to define who the character is. There are many who have embraced this as one of the films strengths. We know nothing about the character and yet we are still interested enough to continue watching.
-Ryan Michael Painter