All is Lost – A very different movie…
All is Lost is a very unusual film, in that there is a single actor and virtually no dialogue, and yet it is extraordinarily gripping!
The movie begins with the narration: "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." "All is lost."
We are then taken back 8 days to somewhere in the Indian Ocean, where a man on a yacht wakes up and realises that his boat is rapidly filling up with water! He goes on to the deck and sees that a large container has bumped into his boat and ripped a huge hole in her side. One gathers at this point that he is an experienced sailor as he skilfully manages 2 manoeuvre his boat away from the container and gets out all the equipment he needs to patch the hole and fashion a make shift pump to start pumping the water out of the boat. He tries 2 clean up the interior and checks all the navigational equipment, but discovers that the water has caused substantial damage and even the communication systems are not functioning properly.
Luckily he has a book on Celestial Navigation on board, but things go from bad to impossible when a violent storm hits. He almost drowns when he is thrown overboard but manages to save himself. However, sadly, the boat is beyond repair and he has to “abandon ship”. Drifting in an inflatable life raft, his battle for survival, his ingenuity and his ability to plot his position, using a sextant and the night skies, make for a very riveting story.
Despite his age, Robert Redford plays the part brilliantly!
The movie is very long, and for one actor to hold the audience attention for that length of time, is a notable achievement. Somehow the lack of dialogue was not a problem for me.
I don't want to give away too much, but I can promise you that you will be captivated right up to the surprise ending of this unique film.
This incredible tale of survival against all odds, was written and directed by J.C. Chandor.
The movie releases on 11 April at cinemas, country wide, and is classified 10-12 PGV.