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All Is Lost -- 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.
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Writer (WGA):
J.C. Chandor (written by)
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7 November 2013 (Greece) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 42 nominations See more »
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Redford's minimalism sails perfectly in this adventure. See more (314 total) »


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
106 min
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The film's script is nearly dialogue-free and only 32 pages long.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When "our man" leaps aboard the inflatable life raft during the tempest, he neglects to untie the tether to the sinking sailboat and proceeds to ride out the storm before falling asleep. He awoke the next morning to find the boat still afloat and tether intact. The boat ends up protesting its own buoyancy minutes later after he decides to re-board and fetch more supplies, but could certainly have sunk hours sooner.

Although the part for "our man" was written to present the character as errant in certain scenes, no seasoned sailor would have made this mistake.See more »
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Title Card:1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits.
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53 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
Redford's minimalism sails perfectly in this adventure., 18 October 2013
Author: jdesando from United States

"The rules of survival never change, whether you're in a desert or in an arena." Bear Grylls

No need to be stranded in the Indian Ocean in your sailboat because writer/director J.C. Chandor has masterfully provided the experience for you in All is Lost. In fact, you can be an Ancient Mariner retelling your story and never have starved or cursed an albatross. It's that good, that authentic a feeling, that pared down to the basics of survival.

"Our Man" (read "Everyman"), played with his signature cool by Robert Redford, is a rich, handsome, aging, expert sailor (he is probably a professional something when not sailing), whose back-story is unknown except for a few bits such as his voice over at the beginning lamenting he has not been all he should to his family and does not look at a gift card in a box for a new sextant, which he is reduced to using after almost all is lost in the storm.

The special effects are as fine as you might expect from such a high-end production—shots from depths upward to the boat are lyrically contradictory to the danger he is experiencing topside. The tumult inside the boat feels real as water takes its inevitable toll.

All is Lost serves as appropriate metaphor, among others, for the commercial forces that interfere in one's life and the end of life fight to survive in the face of inevitable death. The dignity Our Man displays, his resourcefulness, mostly lack of resentment, and his rare moments of anger at himself are how I hope I would react and probably wouldn't (I'd be a big baby because I don't favor the idea of leaving this beautiful world).

Redford's well-known minimalism lends just the right touch of gravity and loneliness to a role Hemingway wrote for his Old Man and Joseph Conrad could have fashioned for one of his brooding narrators. The New York Times' A.O. Scott reminds us you can hope to gain a Conradian truth from this vicarious adventure, "that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask" (Conrad's "Nigger of the 'Narcissus'," 1897). The other truth is, Redford is so believable as to deserve an Oscar nomination, his finest role on screen in a career for which he has constantly underplayed. He's still doing it, but this time he has no one else to distract us.

All is Lost leaves me with a small dissatisfaction because I'd like to know what his life has been so I can understand his possible death. Of course, Chandor seems to wish we would generalize the story to all men, and he's right to demand it. For me, surviving is what I always want to do—this film puts me right there:

"The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival." Aristotle

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