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All Is Lost (2013)
It's called a parable, people.
While I can sympathize with seasoned sailors who would love to see a movie showing an expert dealing with this situation, all the critical reviewers here missed the whole point. This was not a movie about a guy on a boat. It's a movie about a guy living a life. Few of us come into this life with the proper skills or tools to deal with it.
Did you all listen to the voice over of the note he wrote? He acknowledges his mistakes, calls them inexcusable, but states that at least he fought hard to the end and always tried to do the right thing. The note was meant for someone, be it wife, kids, co-workers or all of the above. We're given that voice over at the beginning of the film to orient us as to what the film is about and how we're supposed to watch it. It's about a man, unprepared for life, without the proper tools to deal with what it throws at him, but who struggles on, always feeling alone, with nothing to say except a single call for help and an exasperated swear word. Don't we all feel like that at times? Using an older actor like Redford suggests a man looking back on his life and all the struggles he faced.
I'm not saying it's a perfect film, but I had to write my first review on here because it just made me sad that so many reviewers here could only look at it literally, rather than seeing beneath the surface, so to speak.