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All is Lost

All is Lost

Writer-director J.C. Chandor follows his acclaimed debut feature Margin Call this gripping survival thriller starring Hollywood legend Robert Redford (The Company You Keep). Alone at sea and alone on screen, with very little dialogue and in a physically demanding role, the seventy-seven-year-old icon gives a remarkable performance that not only encapsulates his six decades of screen stardom, but opens an exciting new chapter in his storied career.

Redford plays an unnamed man adrift on the Indian Ocean, his yacht badly damaged and taking on water. His navigational instruments destroyed, confronted with storms, solitude, and failing health, he must rely on his sailor’s ingenuity to both stay afloat and attempt to navigate his drifting vessel into a shipping lane. Clinging to the hope of rescue even as his chances of survival lessen with every passing hour, this veteran seaman must not only battle the elements, but confront his own mortality.

With his second film, Chandor confirms he is a talent to watch, brilliantly capturing both the terror and awe-inspiring splendour of the open sea and forgoing the rapid-fire dialogue of Margin Call to make a powerful use of ambient sound—the roar of the wind and crashing of the waves are startlingly vivid—that is complemented by Alex Ebert’s moving score. Anchored by Redford’s virtuoso performance, All is Lost is a powerfully visceral experience that demands to be seen on the big screen.

 

Critical Notes

"A signal film achievement and the capstone to a great star’s career. This is Ultimate Redford." - Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

"Redford brings the watchfulness that has served him so well to every moment of "All Is Lost," infusing what is already a perfectly entertaining adventure with rich veins of symbolism and meta-meaning." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Chandor, who demonstrated a vivid talent for dialogue, mood, and characterization in the Wall Street meltdown movie Margin Call, here displays an ability to furiously carve up and then integrate a confined space." - David Denby, New Yorker

 

Film Information

Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast:: Robert Redford 
Year: 2013
Runtime: 106 
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Entertainment One
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

 

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