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Film Review: All Is Lost (2013)
All Is Lost (2013). Written and directed by JC Chandor. The film opens with the exposition that we are 1700 nautical miles from the Sumatran Straits (albeit I'm sure most people will have no idea where that is). There's further exposition in the form of a monologue to his family from the film's protagonist (Robert Redford) that he has tried to stay alive, but has half a ration left. The rest of the film is told in flashback, 8 days prior, when the man's yacht collides with a shipping container. He's the only person onboard the yacht, and he desperately tries to save it. All Is Lost is similar to the other handful of films out there that follow one person through a traumatic event. And for me at least it is an excellent film. Redford does an amazing job as essentially the only person in the film, and is even more impressive considering that there is little dialogue in the film, and that he's not the youngest actor out there (no doubt a stuntman was involved at times). The effects are also very good, and very believable. This is all accompanied by an ideal soundtrack. Recommended for fans of gritty drama that don't mind this style of "one man" story. 5/5 (Excellent)