Thanks again to Paul of the People’s Movies for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Films.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – 5 (29 Dec 2013, 3 Apr 2014, 25 Sep 2016, 14 Jan 2020 and 24 Mar 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A lone yachtsman in the middle of the ocean needs to try and find a way to survive after is boat is damaged by a passing shipping container.
My Take on it – Amazing film that is carried so well by the sole performance by Robert Redford in the lead.
The film has minimal dialogue, yet is filled with so many non verbal scenes that tell us so much about this character.
We never learn what brought him to this articular place al by his lonesome, yet we can easily see that his life experiences on the water have given him the knowledge and expertise to try and extricate himself from this seemingly tragic predicament.
Redford’s performance is able to show us the kind of frustration that can come about in these kind of circumstances and his character does his best to stay as levelheaded as possible as things constantly unfold in directions he would rather not have to follow.
The cinematography is exquisite and allows us to truly believe that we are right there with him in the vastness of the ocean with almost no help in sight.
The music is also great and is able to help move things along especially given the lack of dialogue here.
Even after having seen this film numerous times the ambiguous way that the story is told still fascinates me every time.
I’m still frustrated that Redford didn’t get more award recognition for one of his very best performances.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The director adhered to what he termed his “bungee cord rule,” a general shooting principle whereby the camera could not be above, below or farther from Redford than a cord could be stretched. Furthermore, in an effort to create a claustrophobic ‘first mate intimacy’ between audience and subject, DP Frank G. DeMarco filmed extensively within arm’s reach of Redford using a 32mm lens on his Alexa camera. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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