Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
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
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Beyond what may be considered minimalist cinema, "All Is Lost" creates in the indie budgeted movie world is a tightly woven masterpiece that is both intimate and engrossing.
Redford, whose character is the films sole character beyond the ocean, a boat, fish, and various floating objects is left to carry not only the viewers attention for the duration, but also the dramatic edge of a story which unfolds over 8 days of a man left in the middle of the sea. Without reveling the outcome of the film, Redford delves into a performance both layered and complex, while leaving the bare, vulnerable, and revealing existence of hope and survival illuminating every scene.
The filmmaker Chandler, whose previous work is also noteworthy, has written a piece which plays enigmatic, and reaches the spiritual weight not too lofty or preachy for non-believers, but edges the meaningful quest for survival and humanity. Although, the story and directing forces the audience to follow along through a predictable scenario, the films strength is in the build, and gathers momentum until the final delivery of the main characters outcome. Not to be forgotten is the blend of score, sound, and cinematography, which play in superb balance to Redford and the directorial pace of the story.
Overall, critically, the film has my moments where it doesn't seem like the action can sustain the viewers focus. It is, and may appear from a commercial box office driven perspective to be not marketable to a general public looking for the quick pay off, but make no mistake, this film is by far in the conversation for best film of the year, and will likely have those fond of Redford believing an award nod from the academy is warranted. "All Is Lost", doesn't demand attention, it lulls you into a journey that leaves you lost in the pulse of a truthful moment, that jars sincere emotion, and through Redford survives until the credits role.
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