All is Lost
A lone sailor in the middle of the Indian Ocean fights to keep his ship afloat after a collision with a shipping container.
I can hardly put into words how good this movie was. It was so basic and at the same time complex. There is almost no dialog in the film, and it all centers around one man. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
Robert Redford was incredible. He was the lone character in this film, so the entire production rested on his back. If he didn’t give a powerhouse performance, the whole thing would have fallen apart. This is an old pro giving it his all.
Redford once again cemented how amazing an actor he is in this. Here is this guy, almost 80, fighting to survive. You felt his frustrations and his exhaustion with all the turmoil he has endured. You go through this ordeal with him and never once doubt his performance. As the situation worsens, your heart sinks.
Honestly, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a Best Actor award this year than him. Phenomenal.
Director JC Chandor, who also wrote the film, delivered nothing short of a masterpiece. Since there was almost no dialog in the film, he relied on the intelligence of the audience to figure out what was going on. He explained things with Redford’s actions rather than the lazy way of just having the character talk to himself.
Robert Redford was the director’s first and only choice to play the lead.
This was a very risky endeavor. A film starring one guy with almost no dialog is almost impossible to pull off. Thankfully, due to some skillful directing, a fantastic story, and brilliant acting, this all came together perfectly.
This is one of those movies that will stay with you. It’s a very personal production. You can feel the heart and soul of it in every facet of Redford’s performance. The score is haunting and comes in at all the right times. The rest of the film is mostly the sounds of the ocean, which is both beautiful and fearsome.
I am lucky enough to live near one of the cities that has an arthouse theater that was playing the film. It’s depressing to realize that so much garbage gets dumped into 3,500 theaters, yet this opened in only 81. I can imagine the marketing folks smashing their heads into the wall trying to figure out how to sell a picture with one actor and next to no dialog.
As minimal as the film is, it doesn’t equate to boring. I was glued to the screen the entire time. I never once felt the need to check my watch or zone out of the film. Every moment, every ordeal, every little thing he did to try to save himself was spellbinding.
There still are a bunch of films from 2013 I need to see, but I can’t imagine any of them being better than this.