J.C. Chandor's All is Lost is a minimalistic drama about a man who must fight for survival when he finds himself lost at sea. The man's bad luck begins when his boat collides with a storage container, puncturing the haul of his sailboat. A resourceful man, he is able to patch up the hole but things only escalate when he finds himself in the middle of a massive storm. J.C. Chandor wisely keeps this film very simplistic, consisting of almost no dialogue. He recognizes that talent in front of him in Robert Redford and lets him simply act, relaying pretty much every emotional state someone in a life and death situation would exhibit. All is Lost is an intense film about a man coming face to face with his own mortality, as his situation quickly escalates. This intensity that the film exudes reminded me quite a bit of Cuaron's Gravity, with the obvious difference being space vs. the ocean. Robert Redford gives his best performance in quite awhile, and it was certainly nice to see him in a film like this, instead of his typical generic political-fueled drivel. While All is Lost is certainly engaging I did find the film to run a little too long, given the subject matter, but Chandor does do a great job at keeping it gripping throughout. J.C. Chandor's All is Lost wasn't nearly as "insightful" or "profound" as I was lead to believe but it's a solid film about the will to survive.
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