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by Ryan Pockran (subscribe)
Words and pictures interfered with by a "real" job
Published March 25th 2014
Robert Redford nails the role of lone sailor
All is Lost, Robert Redford,
All is Lost


One man, a boat at sea and a series of misfortunes set the scene for this simple and compelling tale. We do not learn the name of the sailor, where he is sailing to or why.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). The film premiered in 2013 and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best actor and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award.

Academy Award winner, Robert Redford, plays the role well.

The story is introduced with the sailor in a life-raft writing a final message to loved ones. The plot then moves back eight days to when the vessel is damaged after striking a half submerged shipping container far from land. The film has almost no dialogue but follows the actions of the sailor as he struggles for survival against the circumstances.

All is Lost, Robert Redford,
Robert Redford Plays the role of lone sailor in the action/ adventure movie "All is Lost".


All Is Lost is a silent struggle exploring mortality, risk and the will to survive. An action/ adventure movie that stands or falls on the quality of its acting; for me there was no disappointment.

I liked the simplicity of the plot, the acting and the fact that the film is not overplayed or over emotional but tells the story as it might have happened.

107 minutes running time
Released on DVD in the USA in February 2014
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