Review: All is Lost

Robert Redford delivers one of the finest performances of his career in J.C. Chandor’s new film, All is Lost.

Compared to his first feature film, Margin Call, All is Lost could not be more different. One takes place on Wall Street while the other focuses on a character lost at sea.

This open-water thriller focuses on Redford’s battle for survival after his ship is detroyed at sea. It serves as a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.

Redford’s unnmamed character is sailing in the Indiana Ocean when he awakes to his yacht filling with water following a collision with a shipping container. With his equipment destroyed, he finds himself straight in the middle of a violent storm. Even though he had patched the hole in the breached hull, he barely survived the beating that he took.

His only hope for survival is to drift into the shipping lanes and hope someone sees his flares.

It’s not completely a silent film but there is a lot of silence outside of the narration at the start of the film. A few distress calls and four letter word mixed in but otherwise, it’s the sound of water.

Running 1:46 in length, this film can only confirm Redford’s ability at being able to hold the screen on his own. I fully expect him to get an Oscar nomination.