January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #24 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… All is Lost (2013)
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this not long after it came out an was enthralled from the start largely due to the lone man nature of the story which Redford is able to keep captivating throughout.
“1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits. ” – Title Card
Number of Times Seen – 4 (29 Dec 2013, 3 Apr 2014 and 25 Sep 2016 and 14 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A man on a yacht must do all he can to survive against the dangers of the ocean after his boat hits a shipping container and begins to sink.
My Take on it – Amazing film that proves the un-matchable acting abilities of Robert Redford.
He is the sole actor and character in this film and the dialogue is extremely limited to just a few lines.
We therefore get to see his actions and reaction to all that transpires around him.
They do a great job keeping so much of this story ambiguous largely due to the fact that we are given no information about the character’s past or future beyond the scope of the story itself and must believe all that we see as truth.
The viewer must accept what we see on screen and that is solely how a man deals with constant problems and dilemmas while in a sinking ship.
The actions of this man all seem logical yet due to the fact that we don’t know how experienced a sailor he is, we must accept at face value all that he does is correct.
The film is relentless and after every hurdle that he passes, we get to see a new one arise which helps keep this movie so engaging and thriller to watch in spite of its very small scope of a story.
Redford was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work here and I’m a bit shocked that he was overlooked by both the Oscars and SAG for his work in this film.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Redford was very frustrated that the studio did not promote the film for awards, both for J.C. Chandor in writing and directing and himself for acting (a feeling echoed by numerous film critics who liked the film and were surprised it was given a small release with little publicity) and has cited this experience as a reason he has moved towards taking fewer acting jobs and preparing strongly for retirement from acting altogether. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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