Monday, October 28, 2013

All Is Lost (2013)

Director: J.C. Chandor. Cast: Robert Redford. 106 min. Rated PG-13. Adventure/Drama.

Old man sailing in the Indian Ocean wakes up to find his yacht damaged, and struggles to survive against all imaginable odds at sea. There's only one actor, almost no dialogue, and the movie couldn't be more engaging. Part of the time you're not even sure what the man is attempting on the boat, but you're sure he knows what he's doing, because hey, it's Robert Redford. No surprise if he was chosen just because we've known his screen presence all our lives, and we trust him. Similar to Buried, the film dares to entertain through minimalism, and fully succeeds.

PS: This is J.C. Chandor's second feature film, the first being 2011's Margin Call. This is a director to watch.

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