“All is Lost”(2013) directed and written by J. C Chandor is a survival film starring Robert Redford as the main and only character playing a alone man lost at sea. Released originally at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival which is in France and actually the head judge of the festival is Steven Spielberg. I just had the pleasure of watching this movie last night and it has certainly made it’s way into my top ten all time favorites. You really have to be patient and have a appreciation for film and cinematography to watch this film. The only character you hear, see, and watch is Redford, which makes this film special and power for the viewer in my opinion. Continuously finding me putting myself in his shoes and wondering what I would do or how I would handle the situation. It will for sure have you sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time guessing the next thing thrown his way.
The movie opens with these lines said by Redford after “Somewhere in the Indian Ocean” appears on the screen then is just the open sea with Redford’s voice saying “I’m sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right, but I wasn’t.” He declares, “All is lost.” Which really kind of set the emotion standard right there. I was like well this ending should be interesting….
Anyways, he is sleeping inside the bottom deck of the sail boat when all of the sudden you here a thud noise very loud that wakes him up, more so when lots and lots of water starts rushing in filling the floor with about a foot of water, panic instantly sets in. He goes up onto the top deck to see what he hit and it turns he ran right into the corner of a huge abandoned floating cargo container in the middle of the sea. It hit right on the perfect spot for everything to wrong. He instantly goes into fix mode and starts to attempt to mend problems, but this is just the start of the solo journey based purely off survival, will, heart, and determination. Sharks, storms, waves, sun, starvation, helplessness, are just some of the things you’ll cross while watching this movie.
It’s still new so you’ll need to watch it on ONDemand, or for those with Apple TV you can rent a HD version for 24 hours for $4.99, it’s well worth the 5 bones, trust me. Have a good day and I hope you have a chance to see this film! — J.T. Landon