The Screen Room
All Is Lost (2013)
As you know I’ve been catching up on a few Robert Redford movies of late since it occurred to me that I haven’t really seen any.
Yesterday in the comments of my post about The Last Castle (2001) on Facebook, someone mentioned this film, and after checking out the synopsis I decided to watch it last night.
All Is Lost (2013)
I have two weird fascinations. One is the idea of an apocalypse, and life as we know it falling into lawless chaos. Whether it’s a natural disaster or zombies, I love the idea of everyone for themselves and surviving in a world where everything’s abandoned and society no longer exists.
The other (and in an odd way it’s related) is the idea of being stranded somewhere and having to survive against the odds.
For these reasons any film that falls under either of those topics is a must watch for me!
This film, if you haven’t seen it is a survival/drama/adventure starring only one actor, Robert Redford (The Horse Whisperer).
This is what it’s about according to IMDb:
“After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.”
I love these minimal cast survival movies! They really show that when you have a good story, a good actor and good director, you don’t need anything else, and that’s certainly the case with this film!
I really enjoyed it! It’s tense though.
I literally felt uneasy through the whole film. I had no idea whether Redford’s character was going to survive or what new life threatening situation was going to be thrown at him next.
There’s hardly any dialogue but the pace and Redford’s absolutely superb performance makes the film so compelling that you become mesmerised and you don’t want to take your eyes off the screen.
The music too is very minimal and when it’s there, it’s so simple yet ominous that it adds a real sense of foreboding to the already desperate situation.
If you like movies like Cast Away (2000), 127 Hours (2010), Open Water (2003) and Buried (2010), you should definitely give this a watch. 👌
Thanks for the recommendation Steven, I loved it! 👍
Seen it? Let me know below.👇⛵️