Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. Written by
The Chinese characters shown on the container (which is supposed to be the name of the shipping company) in the beginning actually mean "good fortune". See more »
The second time the boat does a complete roll the hatch to the cabin is completely open, yet when the man returns to the cabin the floor is completely dry. Water would have poured in through the open hatch until forming an air bubble at the bottom of the hatch (then upside down). See more »
[after releasing his drinking water has been contaminated with salt water]
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Locations Generously Provided By: Baja Studios, Playas De Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, The Pacific Ocean, The Atlantic Ocean. See more »
I hear people saying this is a tail of survival, "never give up".
This guy was in a life raft for 8 days, he had a water supply, he had a hat, he had canvas that could cover him, he wasn't freezing, yet after just 8 days he gave up and was going to let himself drown. Hardly an inspiring fight for survival.
Why did he give up so relatively quickly and easily ? People survive in life rafts far longer than that. I am informed that life rafts have emergency food and water in them for the number of people that the lift raft supports, but even with just water he could have survived longer. That is beside the fact that he could have taken food from his yacht when he went back to it and he gave up fishing after the very first failure.
He didn't appear to be getting delirious, he wasn't laughing, he wasn't crying or in pain, he basically just looked tired (and shaven). He certainly didn't appear to be anywhere close to the edge. Perhaps it was just a poor portrayal of the character.
What really worries me about this movie is the number of great reviews it gets from the 'pros'. Some say it has symbolism. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci had symbolism, but it was also a wonderful painting. If this movie was a painting it would be of stick figures, symbolism or not.
I'm not one for action movies, for CGI and I am certainly not one for sloppy nonsense like this. The acting was unconvincing and the plot and story made no sense.
I don't normally review movies, but I had to for this one.
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