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All Is Lost - Film Review

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Published March 13th 2014

We all crave adventure, right?

So, don your wet-gear, don't tell anyone your sailing solo in the dark cinema and if you are not prone to sea-sickness; you are ready to explore this adrenaline fuelled adventure.

The film is a superb, brilliantly conceived, first-person masterpiece, totally immersive and compelling from the first frame to the last.

Its easily one of the best survival films ever made, even with 'Gravity' dominating everybody's praise.

With almost no words and nobody else in the cast,'All is Lost' tells the simple tale of an unnamed man (Redford) whose lone yacht trip across the Indian ocean is interrupted by a shipping container rupturing a hole in the side of his hull.

We fuse emotionally with the lone sailor,even though it's not clear why he is out in the middle of nowhere on this solo voyage.

This has the effect of projecting you into a one-on-one relationship with this lost soul, filling in the missing pieces with your own thoughts and experiences.

The film creates a sense of isolation with stunning vistas of a small boat in a big ocean. It's a pity that there is no berth for Redford in the just-run Oscars race.

This outstanding, quiet performance embodies the fortitude, perseverance and spirit that will define what will likely be one of the year's best films.
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