At The Movies – All Is Lost

2016 At the movies June 2016 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the June 2016 Edition

Starring:           Robert Redford

Director:           J.C. Chandor

“After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.”

Be prepared to spend the entire movie at sea on a small sailboat. I am not a sailor but I feel that I learned a tremendous amount about the knowledge required to be a sailor as well as the preparedness that is entailed for survival and navigation on a large body of water. So the movie is extremely solitary and you are the invisible guest lost at sea trying to survive a crisis.

Despite his 79 years, Redford plays a seasoned and able seaman which I suspect he may well be. Though I am not one who tends to enjoy this type of claustrophobic story, the movie carried me along with its quiet intensity and fascinating science on the challenges of sailing especially when you run into trouble. The cinematography is wonderful as is the sound track and sound effects.

‘All is Lost’ was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. It won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Score by Alex Ebert. Robert Redford was also nominated for his performance as Best Actor, Drama. These categories were nominated by other notable film organizations too numerous to mention (43).

IMDB has rated the movie at 6.9/10 by 58,415 viewers. I agree with this rating.

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