Thanks again to Prime Six for choosing this month’s interesting and unique genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Diego of Lazy Sunday Movies. We will be reviewing our favorite Psychological thrillers.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Diego!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
When Prime Six first suggested this genre, I was quite excited because it’s such an amazingly unique choice and it’s even more subjective than most other genres. Most genre’s deal with something that personifies the story of the film itself, but this one solely has to do with how each and every person perceives a particular film. I decided to choose 5 movies that I believe are extremely realistic and each one falls into a completely different “normal” genre. My third choice is from the genre of shipwrecked…
Number of Times Seen – 3 (29 Dec 2013, 3 Apr 2014 and 25 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A lone man is stranded in the ocean after his ship get hit by a floating shipping container and he must do all he can to save himself.
My Take on it – When I heard in early 2013, that there was a new Robert Redford movie coming out where he would be the only actor involved, I was extremely intrigued.
After having watched this film 3 times, I’m still in awe of the preformance that Redford gives us here.
Not many actors could pull off what he does here; he must work without any other actors (not even a volleyball), his actions tell the story because there is so little dialogue to help move things along and he must make us believe that this is a real situation.
He is easily able to accomplish all of these feats.
I am still a bit surprised that he wasn’t even nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for this role. he would have been able to beat Matthew McConaughey that year, but the fact that he was snubbed for this role still irks me three years later.
I love how we know nothing about his past or future (due to an amazingly ambiguous ending) and we must just focus on his now.
For nearly two hours, we get to watch this character’s actions, frustrations and hopes as he tries everything to get saved.
Many have speculated as to how experienced a boater the character might have been, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that we truly believe that this man is stranded and we can stay focused and interested in his attempts to rescue himself throughout.
Bottom Line – Such an amazing film because it showcases just one actor for nearly two whole hours with minimal dialogue and yet it stays interesting the whole time. We get to learn so much about the character based solely on what he does. We know nothing about his past, yet we are extremely interested in seeing how he will try to get out of this very dangerous situation. Loved the ambiguous ending because it allows us to speculate on the unknown past and future. Redford is spectacular here and even if he would have been able to beat MM for that gold statue, he should have at least been nominated for his amazing lone performance here which very few other actors could pull off as well as he did. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is the only movie in the 100-plus year history of international filmmaking that has only one actor and one writer/director but eleven executive producers as well as six other producers of varied titles. (via IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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